Bright, bold and filled with patterns, Prada’s summer 2011 lineup evoked tropical resorts. Stripes and baroque patterns were the common motif along with, surprisingly, bananas. With so many luscious dresses from which to choose, the list below will help you pick out the perfect addition to your wardrobe.
Not only has a version of this been worn by 3 celebrities all within a month, but it has the best colors for summer and a flattering ruffle fringe at the bottom. Normally horizontal stripes would be an instant “no”, but Prada put the largest bands of orange across the bust and hips to slim them down. Between the large panels are multiple little stripes of pink and black, which visually tightens up the waist. As with most of the dresses in the collection, it is form fitting with a pencil skirt. It throws of beach vibes with its spaghetti straps, making this less formal and more wearable than some of the other pieces. The hottest look in the collection and a must-have for summer.
The name might sound strange, but it befits a dress that contains horizontal stripes encased in baroque swirls with monkeys on the waist. Somehow it all fits together, the colors mesh well and the monkey design creates a cinching effect around the waist to accentuate the hourglass shape, almost looking like a corset. It is strapless, always welcome during the summer, and the long ruffle fringe on the bottom comes to the knee. The unusual color combination is striking but pleasing to the eye, and it can be dressed up or down. For those who like to make a chic, trendy statement, this is the perfect summer dress. If you like orange better, there is a similar dress with longer sleeves and darker baroque swirls as well.
A fun, playful, low-key dress that is perfect for the daytime. It has spaghetti straps and falls to the knee. The hemline ends in a fringe of orange tassels that flutter as you walk. The rainbow-colored swirls fall mainly across the hips and waist area with a subtle dancing lady at the top. It evokes a Bahamas vibe and slips on easily. An excellent simple, quick dress for summer. There are two similar dresses in the same cut, one with green baroque swirls on white and the other with rainbow hued bananas and a monkey on black.
For the more eclectic, this dress has green, white and black stripes on the top, blue in the waist, and pink on the pencil skirt. The size of the stripes varies in each section, the sleeves come to the elbows and the hem to the knee. A little green and black ruffle surrounds the high neckline. The shoulders are cut wide and broad. The differing sizes of stripes detract from a potentially unflattering pattern, tricking the eye into seeing the waist as the smallest area. The colors go well together and blend into a cocktail of energetic fun. A great dress for those who want to show off their unique personality.