Demure. Polished. Sophisticated. Classic. Those words describe the clothes that make a woman look like a lady. If you equate dressing this way with being outdated, then youre missing out on one of the biggest trends of the year.
Everything were seeing in stores this spring is influenced by this trend, says Kristine Ottens-Matthews, vice president of Neiman Marcus in Charlotte.
But why? Especially when it seems the world is becoming more and more coarse.
My feeling is that because of the recession, designers went back to the drawing board to things that worked well in the past, but put their own new spin on it its not quite as prim and proper as in the 1950s and 1960s, she says. And I think customers are yearning for simple things in life and nostalgia.
That translates to fuller skirts, clothes that emphasize the natural waistline and are knee length, pencil skirts, dresses and evening gowns with sleeves, soft prints, polka dots, lace, structured bags, clutches, ankle-length cigarette-style pants and sheath dresses.
These Charlotte women embodied the look at events around town.