We all have wardrobe staples. These are generally fail-safe items that we go back to again and again, thankful for their resilience, quality and everlasting style value. Everyone has a little black dress, ready to go to at a moment’s notice, whenever we feel that familiar anxiety of ‘I have nothing to wear!’ It isn’t, however, the only item that can come to the rescue. A black dress isn’t at all times a style that’s totally suitable; in the warmer months, or when we are compelled for something a bit more feminine and amorous, a grecian style dress may just do the trick.
The Grecian dress is a style that actually has quite a wide variety of variations. Asymmetric, one-sleeved, strapless, long-sleeved, mini, midi and maxi; the choices are endless. They all flatter diverse parts of the body; maxi dresses are famously complementary for taller girls, whereas mini lenths will increase the legs of those of us who are perhaps somewhat shorter. A cream or white chiffon dress will look gorgeous in the summer, whilst an aubergine or crimson shade is a fine choice for the colder occasions of year.
Grecian dresses can have a contemporary feel whilst simultaneously making a nod towards the ancient world, one beyond the reach of nostalgia or vintage sentiment. Back to a time we can only read about in the history books, it brings a mysticism to your wardrobe, an otherworldliness. You can have a lot of fun with this idea, particularly when it comes to beauty and accessories.
Curl your hair loosely and heap in a messy bun, gripped together with a metallic hairband for an Aphrodite influenced effect. Or put on it down with a number of loose plaits for a relaxed, bohemian vibe. Go for bags and belts in gold, silver or bronze for a precious take on the craze, enhancing you to style goddess status.
The gladiator trend looks to be coming back, with designers such as Anna Sui and Derek Lam sending them down the runways at Spring and Summer 2013’s New York Fashion Week. Fish yours out of the closet – remember, this was a trend back in 2007 so you probably have some somewhere. Dust them off and practice pairing them with various floaty chiffon dresses for a deliciously ethereal look.
With the Grecian Dress style, you may keep your look as minimal as you like, or pile on the accessories for an unconventional effect if you prefer. Classic jewelry with precious stones will appear breathtaking against the pale background of the dresses, or alternatively, upgrade the look with animal jewelry and skull designs, inspired by Pamela Love and her many imitators. Maintaining the look simple will show off the elegant beauty of a Grecian style dress, whilst adding tons of bling will produce a luxurious, stylised ensemble. Either way, you will look extraordinary and positively otherworldly.