Temperatures are rising, flowers are blooming, and loveliness is in the air. Loveliness should be in your wardrobe, too. Girly frills such as lavish layers, floral frocks, pretty pastels, and full-skirted silhouettes define this season’s looks. Whether it’s daytime glamour for a luncheon or evening drama for cocktails, Dallas women love to dress up. We show you some of the best designs from Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan, John Galliano, Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller, and others.
As for the extras, metallic hues continue to complement current fashions. Gold- and silver-toned accessories add spark to any ensemble; a flat shoe or wedge offers a nice break from stilettos. Layer necklaces for a trendy twist. Keep hair and makeup soft, and you’ll be as pretty as a posey.
Golden Girl >>
Bubbled, voluminous, or bustled skirts are big this season.
Lisa is wearing a strapless tulle dress with rhinestones by Tracy Reese ($370/Neiman Marcus), rose gold cocktail earrings by Amanda Nicol ($1,125/www.amandanicol.com), 18-karat mother-of-pearl necklace by Joseph Williams ($1,125/Stanley Korshak), and rose gold heels by Gunmetal ($485/Neiman Marcus, NorthPark).
<< Bohemian Beauty
Turn heads with unexpected trimmings, like an antique beaded capelet or strands of beaded necklaces.
Lacey is wearing a sequined tulle capelet by Shelly Steffee ($450/www.shellysteffee.com), blue silk cami by Tracy Reese ($176/Stanley Korshak), silk skirt with sequined hem by DKNY ($225/Saks Fifth Avenue, Dallas Galleria), and golden mother-of-pearl necklace by Bonnie Basham ($250/Elements).
Flower Power >>
A great jacket is a must. This floral-print numbercan be worn with a slip dress or jeans.
Lisa is wearing a silk jacket and slip dress from Dior by John Galliano ($4,190 & 4,430/Christian Dior, Neiman Marcus), 18-karat gold bangles by Yossi ($900-$3,990/Stanley Korshak), and gold mules by YSL ($450/Stanley Korshak).
<< Deco Drama
A floor-length gown with a deco print is sophisticated yet playful.
Lacey is wearing a silk gown by Carolina Herrera ($2,990/Stanley Korshak), ruby Namibian wire necklace by Amanda Nicol($443/www.amandanicol.com), and leather heels by Kate Spade ($255/Kate Spade, NorthPark).
Portrait of a Lady >>
Ruffles and a soft hue exude femininity and elegance.
Lisa is wearing a pearl pink antique silk organza dress by Ralph Lauren ($2,750/Ralph Lauren, Highland Park Village), 18-karat gold and mother-of-pearl cuff bracelet by Pade Vavra ($9,625/Stanley Korshak), and metallic pink heels by Christian Louboutin ($550/Stanley Korshak).
<< Short & Sweet
From sleekly cropped to knee-length Bermuda, the shorter pant remains a wardrobe staple.
Lacey is wearing cropped pants by Emanuel Ungaro ($1,970/Stanley Korshak), beaded silk cami by Jacaranda ($465/Stanley Korshak), 18-karat gold and rose quartz necklace by Anthony Nak ($1,565/Forty Five Ten), lilac pearl necklace by Push ($770/www.pushnewyork.com), and snakeskin and suede peep-toe heels by Prada ($735/Neiman Marcus, NorthPark).
Pretty in Pink >>
This laser-cut design is a fresh take on a flattering classic cut.
Lisa is wearing a pink party dress by Halston ($24,000/Saks Fifth Avenue, Dallas Galleria, by special order), antique 18-karat gold, pink spinel, and diamond choker ($38,000/Stanley Korshak), and silver heels by Rene Caovilla ($690/Stanley Korshak).
<< Lovely in Lace
Embroidered and hand-stitched designs are understated and chic.
Lisa is wearing a pink silk charmeuse and tulle dress from Nicole Miller Signature ($990/Nicole Miller, Shops at Willow Bend), multicolored pearls by Chan Lu ($140/Stanley Korshak), 18-karat gold and rose quartz necklace by Anthony Nak ($1,800/Forty Five Ten), pink pearls by Push ($920/ www.pushnewyork.com), clear topaz ring by Scott Colee ($1,550/Stanley Korshak), and metallic lizard-skin bag by Devi Kroell ($1,340/Sebastian’s).
What a Girl Wants >>
White eyelet paired with a pleated skirt is the ultimate girly-girl look.
Lacey is wearing a white eyelet top with ribbon-belted waist by Shalini ($1,650/Stanley Korshak), print skirt by Oscar de la Renta ($900/Stanley Korshak), white gold and blue topaz ring by Steven Webster ($4,750/Stanley Korshak), gold and green horn pendant necklace by Bonnie Basham ($165/Elements), and printed silk heels by Jimmy Choo ($495/Jimmy Choo, Highland Park Village).