Trend: Feminine Dresses

Many designers are rethinking the rough, hardcore look of past seasons and leaning more towards a softer and more feminine aesthetic for the upcoming fall season.

The result was a tremendous amount of pretty little frocks streaming down the runways. Although the majority of us will find it hard to trade in our tough leather jackets and raggedy skinny jeans for dresses covered in silk, lace, ruffles, and pleats, just one glance at all the fresh runway interpretations of this essential staple may be enough to completely change our minds.

Designers like Phillip Lim and Jason Wu are known for designing specifically for the woman’s body, and what suits a woman’s body more flawlessly than an artfully draped dress?

Lim’s airy cotton candy pink sheath dress with metallic stitched sleeves and Wu’s jewel-toned one-shouldered cocktail number are sure to fill our minds with endless thoughts of a wardrobe filled with tasteful dresses ranging in style from glamorous to hopefully romantic.

So embrace a fresh change, and keep an eye out for elegant dresses in sheer and lightweight fabrics. There are so many ways to style a dress, which can be worn in any color, leaving room for major accessorizing. Try a pair of stiletto heels and a chain strap purse for a flirty look, or a crisp blazer and flats for a casual daytime outing.

And if you still feel you need to add a little masculinity and toughness to keep from looking too girlish and prim, it’s not a crime to throw your sleek leather motorcycle jacket on top of a fanciful sweetheart neckline – it creates a juxtaposition that never goes out of style.

Begin your feminine fashion exploration with this smart selection of pretty dresses that will give you the look from the runways without the high fashion price tag.

1. Peplum Brushstrokes Dress from Forever 21 – $24.80

2. Funktional Exposed Silk Dress from – $110.00

3. Hearts a Flutter Dress from – $48.00

4. Pebble Seraphina Dress from J. Crew – $275.00

5. Woven Elegance Dress from Forever 21 – $29.80