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Draped in Style

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Posted on July 17 2011

Draping and pleats in countless variations continue to dominate fashion headlines. But the difference between looking like a Greek goddess and like you’re wrapped in a sheet depends on some careful choices when selecting your look.
Madam Grés
Image source: trendland.net
Nothing says goddess like white draping, in the style of iconic designer Madam Grés; it is no surprise that a recent retrospective in Paris pays tribute to her timeless designs that could have stepped off a runway today.  However, the fit is critical so that the draping falls in a way that flatters. This sparkling white one-shoulder sheath with draping ads some glittering updates to the goddess look; you might want to consider ordering a draped look a size up, especially in white, so that the drapes can fold dramatically in their full glory. This asymmetrical stunner from Nicole Bakti will have worshippers falling at your feet.  For a more casual look, this short tunic-style mini will have heads turning while keeping extra curves covered in an ultra flattering way.
Though purple and orange are traditional colors that give the draped look royal flair, you might try a classic draped strapless silhouette in a figure-flattering cut in the color of the summer: bright yellow. This Jovani design fits the bill to perfection.  
Though not as popular as draping, pleats are having a moment in the spotlight as well. They are a star when it comes to adding dramatic punch to evening looks, as in this vintage model that is both luxe and romantic. 
While being fashion forward, the vertical lines and body-skimming effect pleats can create also have the benefit of making you look taller and slimmer (and few could say they don’t want both): you can see this in action in this Alyce prom gown that skims the lower body and puts all eyes on the dramatic bustline. 

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