6.03.2009

Trapeze Artist

I used to watch a lot of reruns of Next and Parental Control; mindless dating shows that were a complete guilty pleasure for me. One thing that both shows seemed to have in common was the bizarre first dates the contestants would go on - my favorite being the trapeze lessons. Now, don’t get me wrong, I see nothing wrong with being a trapeze artist; but, given my slight fear of heights, this would be the last thing I would want to do on a first date. No, I prefer to keep my feet on the ground and partake in a different type of trapeze artistry...of the fashion variety!

Bensoni “Sand Linen ‘Kirsten’ Trapeze Tent Dress” I suppose I should let you in on a little secret. When I was in fourth grade I was absolutely obsessed with pinafores due to the fact that my beloved American Girl doll Samantha was always wearing one. So you can only imagine my surprise when I fell upon Bensoni’s Sand Linen ‘Kirsten’ Trapeze Tent Dress. I’m not sure whether it has to do with the organza pleated front bib, the pleats throughout the dress, the loose fit, or the organza lining that plays a game of peek-a-boo from underneath the hemline, but the similarities between this beauty and a pinafore are uncanny. It has awakened a time from my childhood that I had forgotten all about; and made me desperate to call it my very own. Now, if only the $615 price tag wasn’t standing brutishly in my way!

Max Studio “Bubble Sleeve Trapeze Dress” Do you remember that butterfly dress I was gushing about just a few weeks ago? The one by Free People that is no longer being produced? While the color scheme is different, as is the fit, this fantastic fuchsia/birch colored Bubble Sleeve Trapeze Dress from Max Studio reminds me ever so much of it; plus, it’s less than half the price. The sleeves have a very fluttery, flirty air about them; while the multi-colored screenprint acts as a conversation piece, what with its intricate design. There is something very demure, yet Lolita-inspired about this frock that, literally, makes me weak in the knees. Perfect paired with ballerina flats or a sky-high platform. I think I’m in love!

Marc Bouwer Glamit! “Short Jeweled Collar Trapeze Dress” I’m one of those people who always likes to be prepared; thus, I see nothing wrong with buying this Short Jeweled Collar Trapeze Dress now, so that I will have it on hand should I be invited to a chic cocktail party – even if it’s ten years from today. The bugle beaded, jeweled neckline provides a height of classic glamour to the oftentimes more casual trapeze dress; while the free-falling shape and sultry keyhole keep it from ever appearing stuffy. Yes, I’ve certainly sold myself on it. Now, is anyone having a party?

Forever 21 “Twisted Flower Knit Tunic” At first look I thought this was a top; in all actuality, it can be worn as either a top or a dress. My take on it? It must be worn as a dress, because it’s too fabulous to have to compete with a pair of fancy pants. This Twisted Flower Knit Tunic is a hot pink piece of perfection that stays in tune with the floral craze that is currently upon us thanks to the flower trim along the neckline. To add a little extra kick of sass, it features a ruffle trim bottom that is as girly as it gets; and incredibly hard to resist, mind you. Even better is its affordability - $19.80. For that much, you could also buy a few jangly gold bangles and a pair of glamorous espadrilles to complement this punchy piece!

Juicy Couture “Long Sleeve Butterfly ‘Easy’ Dress" By now you are probably thinking that my life revolves around butterflies; but it doesn’t. It’s just that sometimes something catches your eye that is so irresistible you simply can’t help but fall in love with it. Case in point, this Long Sleeve Butterfly ‘Easy’ Dress. This is one of those dresses that give off ethereal vibes from the moment you first see it. The turquoise colored silk is breezy and lightweight, sporting bell sleeves that are 3/4, in addition to a tied ruffled scoopneck that is squeal-worthy. But the over-the-top bit that I’m lusting over? The gold foil butterfly print. Honestly, there is nothing more charming. I think I may faint from the cuteness!

What are your thoughts on the trapeze dress?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Bluefly, Max Studio, Bloomingdale's, and Forever 21 for the pictures.
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25 comments

Nicole Marie said...

i love these dresses but they look absolutely terrible on me!!

Amelia said...

Eek, trapeze lessons would be way too scary. I'm afraid of heights, too.

I adore that last dress. So pretty!

jayne said...

hmm they make me nervous, they're kind of a situation based dress for some are too tent like and others are perfectly flowy for summer, I never noticed samantha wore one! haha

la petite fashionista said...

i love trapeze dresses, it's a very flattering style. the juicy couture one is so "me"!

I had all the American dolls growing up! Reading the books & dressing my dolls up was probably the first time I took interest inlearning about fashion from other periods too! :)

Johanna - MyShoebox.se said...

A trapeze dress feels so right for summer! I especially liked the first and the third one you showed, I have a thing for nudes right now :)

Yakira said...

Ooh, I love the Marc Bouwer Glamit! “Short Jeweled Collar Trapeze Dress” and the Juicy Couture “Long Sleeve Butterfly ‘Easy’ Dress"

You always have such amazing taste. :D

Keith said...

I really love that third photo.

Diane said...

these are soooo cute. they have that summery/beachy feel that i just love. the Juicy Couture “Long Sleeve Butterfly ‘Easy’ Dress" is my favorite of the bunch!

ana said...

I love them all!!! specially the second one is so meee :)

miriam said...

the marc dress is just fabulous! i've got a similar one in bright pink which i've forgotten all about. gotta dig it out...

proudly says, said...

i like the Marc Bouwer's dress!
it's so simple yet classy!

proudly says, said...

i like the Marc Bouwer's dress!
it's so simple yet classy!

Couture Carrie said...

Love this look for summer, especially the Marc Bouwer Glamit! “Short Jeweled Collar Trapeze Dress”, and the fuchsia f21 is a nice find too!

xoxox,
CC

Fashiongrail said...

Nothing better than a trapeze dress on a hot Summer day!

zupu said...

Although I like to accentuate my waist, I love trapeze dresses specially for summer, so airy and comfortable during warm period. From your picks I adore the most the one with a jeweled collar!

Kristin said...

That Marc Bouwer is fabulous! I posted about the F21 dress a little while back but I didn't buy it. I'm thinking maybe I should.

Emz said...

I loveee trapeze dresses! They let you eat as much as your want =) I really like the last oneee!

TheBeautyFile said...

I love love the juicy dress and the f21 is a great find!

Eda said...

I adore them! They are flattering on all types of body shapes!

Sasi said...

I totally agree, the first dress is fabulous, but I also like the third and the fourth, and the last one, too. Nice picks - as always:)

Jim said...

being an artist is itself an art. this is boon which is provided to some only. you can very well see the talents of artists everywhere. an artist lives for his art. i really liked your work and i am seriously moved by your writing style. good keep going....
jimsmith

The Haute-Shopper said...

Beautiful dresses! Haha, I used to watch Next as well.. it's one of those ridiculous things you just can't stop watching. I agree the choices for first dates were truly bizarre (I saw one the other day where guy's had to do a paper route. Huh?). Anyway, I really adore the last dress by Juicy. The trapeze is a great style!

Savvy Mode SG said...

marc bouwer for me please. i adore f21's lovely hot pink color.

Sherin said...

I've never worn one, but I love the look of them. I think I'll givee this a shot now. Can't wait.
The Marc Bouwer dress is something I'm going to be dreaming about tonight.

Little Bow Prep said...

I wish those dresses looked nice on me. They are so comfy and cute!

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