In the fashion world, everything comes and goes in cycles. Modern fashion is constantly borrowing from the past, and looks that were once seen as outdated are often recreated to be chic today. There are a number of different styles that are as popular now as they were when they originated. With the New Year rolling out, it’s helpful to know which girls’ dresses from the past are here to stay in 2016, and how to wear them.
Fifteen years ago, flower print may have been considered too old school to be seen on fashionistas. In the past few years, this style of girls’ dresses has firmly established its comeback. With flower child culture alive and well and flower crowns a common accessory, the resurgence of flower print has come in wide varieties. From daisies to roses, it seems that every flower is represented in this look. Slip into your favorite flower print style with loose, natural hair and solid color accessories for a carefree everyday appearance.
At one point, lace was reserved for brides and young children, associated with a matronly or reserved look. After a shift away from white lace, this style began its comeback as an accent, with lace trim or sleeves on otherwise plain dresses. Now it’s not uncommon to find a large selection of high fashion full lace dresses on the runway and in boutiques. A great thing about lace is its variety — there are multiple types ranging from simple to intricate that can greatly change the tone of an outfit. Lace can bring a level of sophisticated for semi-formal occasions, or a casual, retro style perfect for the winter season. To style this look, complete your outfit with a curled updo and a showstopping necklace.
When it comes to girls’ dresses, sleeves aren’t necessarily the first thing people notice. But the three-quarter sleeve is actually a look that was popular in the early 20th century, and it’s recently been reasserted as a subtle way to add modesty and sophistication to an outfit. It’s common that three-quarter sleeve dresses are all one color, which allows you to make the look different every time you wear it, depending on how it’s accessorized. Because the sleeves are a unique length, it’s important to balance the rest of your look. Try combining mid-calf boots and bangle bracelets to complete the ensemble.
Polka dot print was highly popularized during the 50’s, a time when pop art and bold colors set fashion lovers apart. While they were once only found on the shelves of children’s stores, polka dot girls’ dresses are now lauded for being bold and eye-catching. Depending on the size and color scheme, polka dots can be classy and playful. This look recalls a different time and begs for retro hairstyles, shoes, and accessories like hair scarves.