Alice and Olivia, started by Stacy Bendet in 2002, creates sophisticated feminine clothing with vintage inspiration and their summer dresses are no exception. The dresses in their summer 2011 collection are woven from the trendiest of colors and filled with chic embellishments. Browse the guide below of popular summer styles when looking for the perfect dress.
Dina Beaded Leopard Print Dress
The leopard print is a ubiquitous pattern this summer, but Alice and Olivia has created a distinctive dress design with a touch of vintage and luminescent beading. The material is a beautiful, light chiffon that is perfect for the warm summer weather. It has spaghetti straps over a scoop neckline and an elastic waist that creates a gentle Grecian fold. The skirt is straight and falls to just above the knee. Pair it with matching or tan heels to complete the look. If you want something more formfitting try the Nicola Leopard Dress, a sleek, femme fatale number that will have you feeling invincible.
Daisy Ruffle V Neck
This romantic dress comes in a pristine white with a faux wrap front and beautiful ruffles down the front and on the strapless sleeves. Pleats line the straight skirt that hits a few inches above the knee. This is the perfect summer dress for a daytime outing or dressed up with stunning heels to go out at night. Also try the Faux Wrap Drape Dress, also in white, that has diagonal pleats and a diaphanous layer of chiffon overtop. White is one of summer’s favorite colors year after year; these dresses will never go out of style.
Cabella Tie Dye Tank Dress
For a bright splash of color, try this sassy red dress with a tonal tie dye pattern and soft pleats running throughout. The top is a scooped ballerina neck in the front and back while the A line skirt hits just above the knee. The waist is cinched for a flattering silhouette. The bold color is dark enough that it does not overwhelm the audience and can be dressed down with nude heels and minimal accessories. If you want to pump it up to its full potential, go with sequined heels and accessories.
Pilar Blouson Tank Dress
This dress combines a wild zebra print with bright pink for a show-stopping look. The pink zebra stripes zigzag their way over white stain. It has adjustable spaghetti straps, scoop neck and gathered empire waist that creates a blouson top. The full A line skirt falls to the mid calf; this longer look is extremely popular this summer, with maxi skirts and dresses heating up the runways. The romantic blouson top combined with the light, long skirt gives you that effortless chic look so popular in summer. Pair with flats for a casual look, or with nude wedges and accessories for a dressy occasion.
Jill Blouson Dress with Belt
The perfect dress for those who like neutral colors, this maxi dress has horizontal stripes of tan, cream, brown and pale coral on cream chiffon. The sizes of the stripes varies, which prevents them from becoming bland. A snakeskin belt cinches the waist and adds texture, while the coral stripes add a touch of color. It goes well with neutral toned shoes or a bright metallic. It is a wonderful dress for everyday wear and an excellent choice if you want a patterned dress but nothing too flashy.
Alice and Olivia is a line you can rely on to provide you with that perfect summer piece to usher in the season.