They appear feminine and incredibly light and they mirror the spring and summer spirit better than any other garment that currently comes to mind. Ladylike, but described as whimsical and fun with the same ease, A-line dresses came as a breath of fresh air on the spring 2013 runways, powerfully contrasting the body-con styles that dominated the fashion trends during the past few years.

Emerging from a decade that was keen on highlighting femininity through a series of uncomplicated silhouettes and built upon classic lines, A-line cut dresses are directly influenced by the 60s / mod fashion revival. The doll-like garments evolved for spring 2013, embracing bold colors and dramatic prints, once again revolutionizing the way women dress. Read the full report for more about this 60s inspired shape of dress.

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How to wear A-line dresses for spring 2013

Swinging back to the 1960s style feels effortless and even tempting as we’re dealing with such a forgiving silhouette that can work for all shapes and body types. But even if the straight lines tapering out from the waist to the hem feel fresh and able to complement any given aesthetic, there’s still plenty of details to take into consideration when you’re picking the perfect A-line dress for you.

Colorful A-line dresses on the runway at Louis Vuitton S/S ’13

Bold colors

When we’re thinking A-line silhouettes we’re instantly evoking the warm weather, endless spring and summer days dipped in color, fun moments spent wearing what feels like the ideal dress: easy, comfortable, sexy but nice enough to be sported during the day. Amongst the styles that invaded the spring runways, the A-line dresses covered in bold colors were maybe the most alluring of them all.

One can hardly resist a delicious pink, a bright orange or a sunny yellow when it comes to making the absolute most out of the key spring garments, so this trend stands to celebrate it all. And if the styling on the runways taught us something, it is clearly that nothing highlights a mod dress better than a feminine bouffant, some statement accessories and a pretty make-up.

A-line dresses at Fay S/S ’13, Lisa Perry S/S ’13 and PPQ S/S ’13

Dramatic prints

Complementing the playful nature of the A-line dress, the dramatic prints represent another fearless take on the 1960s trend. From bold geometric motifs, to flirty hearts and intricate paisley prints the runways exploded in vibrant patterns. Wear the printed A-line dresses with colorful bangles, wedges, high-heels and miniature clutches. Finish the looks with sexy hairstyles and dashing lips.

Printed A-line dresses at Moschino S/S ’13, PPQ S/S ’13 and Versus S/S ’13

Stick to neutrals

When talking prints and loud colors in association with spring and summer trends, we must always agree upon the fact that they’re are not meant for everybody. For those who find the timeless nature of neutrals to be more appealing, the A-line dresses in solid or patterned gray, or black and white will definitely feel relevant.

Complement the clean silhouettes with dainty hair-styles and colorful accessories, including bags and shoes. Other ways of enhancing the charm of the monochromatic dresses materialize in edgy metallic accents, especially in the footwear department or luxurious pieces of jewelry.

Neutral A-line dresses at Jenny Packham S/S ’13, Charlotte Ronson S/S ’13 and Moschino S/S ’13

A-line dresses for night

Even if the comfortable silhouette, the lightweight fabrics and the playful motifs turned the A-line dress into an essential style for day, it is still possible to transform the frock into a key design fit for the special occasions. Just make sure the fabrics are luxurious enough and accessorize the dresses accordingly. Opt for metallic embellishments, mirrored panels, silver and gold tones and lots of sparkle.

A-line dresses on the runway at Jenny Packham S/S ’13 and Moschino S/S ’13

Trends that compliment the A-line dress shape

When investing in garments that tend to define a certain season, it’s better to opt for those that complement various trends, or that effortlessly combine multiple fashion directions at a time. Talking about A-line dresses, the options appear endless.

Complement the style with bright orange, one of spring’s most vibrant color trends, opt for delicate lace inserts and flower appliques for an ultra-feminine approach, or choose subtle cut-outs to spice things up. For even more of an impact, choose a sheer A-line dress to brave the super hot summer days. The clear perspex / PVC accessories represent another complementary trend that appears to accent the A-line silhouette’s appeal.

A-line dresses at Moschino S/S ’13, Louis Vuitton S/S ’13 and Lisa Perry S/S ’13

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