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Spring 2011 Dresses: 60's Housewife Trend

Spring 2011 Dresses: 60's Housewife Trend


Spring is here and to usher in the warmer weather, feast your eyes on these lovely spring dresses. Some upcoming color trends that you can expect to see are uplifting and energizing colors like coral and magenta. You will also see some soft, pastel hues like lilac and sage and nautical colors like cobalt blue and aqua. The classic muted, subtle tones like black and white are almost always in style and this spring is no exception.

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One of the biggest trends is the 50s and 60s silhouettes coming back. (Think Jackie Onassis Kennedy and full 50s prom skirts.) The 60s housewife look is definitely hitting the runway in sheath hourglass-shape dresses that cinch in the waist and hips. Other current trends to look out for include lace, crochet, macrame, asymmetrical necklines, and tail hems (that's when the back of the dress is longer than the front.)

1. Cleo Crochet Dress, Under $50

Very feminine scoop neck dress with crochet trim and ruffles.
Colors: Black and White

2. Crochet-Back Knit Dress, Under $50

Crochet Knit Dress, Cap-sleeve knit dress with surplice neckline and intricate crochet detailing at back.
Color: Purple
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3. Floral-Print Strapless Dress, Under $50


Floral-print strapless dress with intricately ruched front. Built-in bra and elastic at waist for better fit.
Color: Blue-Multi
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4. Space-Dyed Grecian Knit Dress, $39.50

Space-dyed dress with intricate twist-pleat detailing at bodice and ruched shoulder straps.
Color: Magenta
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5. Kellie Eyelet Dress, Under $50

Allover eyelet detail. Thin rope tie at waist.
Colors: Yellow, Black, and White

6. Pleated Crochet Dress, Under $50

Pleated bodice with crochet inset. Ruffle and crochet detail at hem. Smocking at center back and tie-back belt for better fit. Adjustable straps.
Colors: Black, White, Coral, and Bay Blue
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7. Pleated Dress, Under $50

Sleeveless dress has pleated bodice and skirt with tulle underlay.
Colors: Amethyst, Cobalt, and Black

8. Alexis One-Shoulder Dress, Under $50

One-shoulder chiffon dress with intricate ruching at front.
Colors: Black, Cobalt, Magenta

9. Isobel Lace Dress, Under $50

Sleeveless mixed-media knit to lace dress. Front has allover shirring.
Colors: Black, White, Lilac, Navy

10. Polka Dot Dress, Under $50


Reminiscent of the 50s, this cute dress has a pleaded skirt and allover polka dots with bra-friendly straps and a back-zip closure.
Color: Pink multi
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1. Silk Taffeta Pintuck Dress, $50-$100

A classic silk dress. Front scoop neckline, back square neckline. Sleeveless. Front darts. Empire waist with pintuck detailing at sides. Small pleats from waist seam. Hidden side zip with hook-and-eye closure. Back vent. Fully lined. 22" length from natural waist.
Colors: Lemon Twist, Watermelon
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2. Knit Cap Sleeve Sarong Dress, $50-$100

A sophisticated dress in a lightly textured knit. Surplice V-neckline. Ruching at side seam for draping at crossover panel. Cap sleeves. 21" length from natural waist.
Colors: Harvest Green, Marlin
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3. Knit Cowl Neck Dress, $100 and above


We love the modern styling of this knit jersey dress -- and its ultra-feminine silhouette. The cowl neckline and subtle draping at the waist creates a flattering fit. Hidden side zip. 3/4 sleeves. 21 1/2" length from natural waist.
Color: Petrol
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4. Silk Silent Clusters Print Dress, $100 and above

This silk color-dabbed print dress exudes irresistible charm. Pleated tucks at the bateau neckline add a touch of femininity. Sleeveless. Waist inset creates a flattering silhouette. Hidden center back zipper. Lined. 22" length from natural waist.
Color: Winter White multi
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5. Pan Knotted Waist Dress, $50-$100

Don't you just love the ease and comfortable style of this sleeveless dress? Side knot at waist creates flattering ruching that accentuates the feminine silhouette. Hidden back zip. Vent at center back hem. 21 1/2" length from natural waist.
Colors: Deep Jungle, Black
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6. Silk Dupioni Scoopneck Bridesmaid Dress, $100 and above

Perfect as a bridesmaid dress or a party dress, this beautiful dress in silk dupioni offers a classic scoop neckline. Sleeveless. Waist seam emphasizes the flattering fit. On-seam pockets. Removable matching grosgrain sash with chiffon trim. Removable matching grosgrain sash with chiffon trim. Fully lined with crinoline at skirt. Hidden side zipper with hook-and-eye closure. 23" length from natural waist.
Color: Cranberry Red
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7. Silk Ethereal Senses Print Dress, $50-$100

This beautifully-fitted silk dress is the perfect balance of easy and modern. The fresh and feminine print takes a stylish twist with an asymmetrical, tiered bodice. Sleeveless. Back waist seam. Hidden centerback zip. 22 1/2" length from natural waist
Color: Fresh Celery multi
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8. Taffeta V-Neck Bridesmaid Dress with Sash, $100 and above

Beautiful as a bridesmaid dress or a party dress, a feminine dress in luxurious silk taffeta featuring front and back V-necklines. Sleeveless. On-seam pockets. Pleats at waist in front and back for a flattering skirt. Comes with a removable matching grosgrain sash with chiffon trim--allowing limitless options for styling. Fully lined with crinoline at skirt. Hidden side zipper with hook-and-eye closure. 23" length from natural waist.
Colors: Mocha, Classic Navy, Jet Black
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9. Silk Dupioni Bridesmaid Dress, $100 and above

Beautiful as a bridesmaid dress or a party dress, a feminine dress in luxurious silk dupioni featuring front and back V-necklines. Sleeveless. On-seam pockets. Pleats at waist in front and back for a flattering skirt. Removable matching grosgrain sash with chiffon trim. Fully lined with crinoline at skirt. Hidden side zipper with hook-and-eye closure. 23" length from natural waist.
Colors: Wild Aster, Powder Blue, Sheer, Sage, Pacific Blue, Vintage Rose
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10. Crossover Halter Bridesmaid Dress, $100 and above

A flattering and feminine dress in refined silk with a hint of sheen. Halter neckline with fabric-covered button closure behind neck. Crossover V-neckline in front with pleating above waist seam. Waist tie sash. Hidden centerback zip with hook-and-eye closure. Fully lined. 23" length from natural waist.
Colors: Powder Blue, Vintage Rose, Sage
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1. Belted Print Tube Dress, $Under 50

This super cute tube dress features a printed body, elastic tube hem, cinch empire waist design with a attached stretch belt. Dress measures 28" at side seam. Length may vary by size.
Color: Blue and Brown multi
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Color by COLOURlovers

2. Banded Satin Tube Dress, $Under 50

Flatter you figure in this luxurious tube dress from our Sheer Romance collection. Featuring a banded satin bodice, pieced sweetheart neckline and zipper at back; elasticized back band for your comfort.
Color: Red
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Color by COLOURlovers

3. Jeweled Collar Mesh Dress, $Under 50

Online exclusive! This flowing mesh dress is absolutely divine! Features a circle collar with rhinestones, seed beads, faux pearls and shimmery stitching. Mesh overlay is gathering into an empire waist with a back-tying sash. Molded bust; interior lining; comfy stretch throughout.
Color: Ivory
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Color by COLOURlovers
4. Mini Floral Chiffon Tube Dress, $Under 50

Make a glamorous statement in this fabulous chiffon tube dress featuring vibrant floral print, a sweetheart neckline, pleats under the bust and along the waist, a triple neon mesh pop out hem, soft inside lining, boning on the side, back smocking and a hidden side zipper; hits above the knee.
Color: Aqua Mutli
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Color by COLOURlovers

5. Panel Halter Dress, $Under 50

Go glam or go home. This fabulous sateen halter dress features pleating on soft cups, linear stitching and a thick, elastic halter strap. Includes a hidden back zipper and elastic top band for ease in fitting; hits above the knee.
Color: Black
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Color by COLOURlovers

6. Sheared Chiffon Tube Dress, $Under 50

What could be sweeter than this feminine sheared chiffon tube dress? Features sweetheart neckline with linear stitching on bust, soft padded cups, sheared ruffles for added flounce, hidden side zipper and satin lining; hits above the knee.
Color: Dusty Rose
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Color by COLOURlovers

7. Starlight Waltz T-Back Dress, $Under 50

Get head-turning dazzle power in this stunning embellished dress! Ruched bodice has a silky sheen and a graceful cowl neck. Sparkling sequin t-back steals the show. Stretch fabric; lined. Color: Charcoal
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Color by COLOURlovers

8. Dotted Eyelash Ruffle Dress, $Under 50


Get a fresh, fruity look with this bright printed dress from our Sugar Pop collection. Bubbly dot print accents frilly eyelash ruffles front and back. Fits with a scoop neckline, racerback and comfy stretch.
Color: Bright Coral
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Color by COLOURlovers

9. Animal Print Cross-Back Dress, $Under 50

Make your wardrobe purrr with this fantastic body-con dress from our Sugar Pop collection. Knit animal-print bodice fits with cap sleeves and crossed straps over a scoop-back.
Color: Black and Hot Pink combo
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Color by COLOURlovers

10. Strapless Origami Dress, $Under 50

Feeling creative? Try on this strapless satin dress, and let the fabulosity begin! Origami-style bust is beautifully pleated and pieced for a lovely effect. Includes a sweetheart neckline and pleated skirt with two pockets. Elasticized back band; center back zipper.
Color: Red
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Spring Patterns Credit (Dress pattern overlays):

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Debbs4

Nicely written, informative article! Great photos and follow-up detail of some lovely Spring dresses. Here's my take on this season's colors:
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sundancer

Debbs4, I'm in NYC right now and I definitely see a lot of red purses out there right now. Not so much neon green though. In fact, I don't think I've seen a single neon green purse-- but you're right about that yellow color. I see that everywhere! It has been really rainy lately and a lot of people have bright yellow rain boots. Just yesterday I snapped a picture of a young woman I met on the subway wearing a matching yellow flower in her hair to brighten up the dreary day which was supposed to be the first day of spring!

Debbs4

Thanks, Sundancer, for the reply!
I will have to keep my eyes peeled for these colors, too, this early Spring.
Love the yellow touch on a gray and rainy day, it really does make an impact!

sundancer wrote:
Debbs4, I'm in NYC right now and I definitely see a lot of red purses out there right now. Not so much neon green though. In fact, I don't think I've seen a single neon green purse-- but you're right about that yellow color. I see that everywhere! It has been really rainy lately and a lot of people have bright yellow rain boots. Just yesterday I snapped a picture of a young woman I met on the subway wearing a matching yellow flower in her hair to brighten up the dreary day which was supposed to be the first day of spring!

sabiko

love the first #4 and #10, and the second #1 :) feeling super girly this season i guess!

here's what SF has been looking like lately
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everyone is still wearing their black peacoats and northfaces, hehe.

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