They say fashion recycles and that’s certainly true in this case. Modern designers have been inspired by the soft elegance of 1930s apparel. Today, corsets and bodices have paved the way for free-flowing pieces that exude feminine confidence. Camisoles, robes and slips are taking their place as everyday garments and being worn as day wear. There’s something to be said for a look that says sexy and professional at the same time.
One theme holds true on the runway: It’s all about contrast. For example, you’ll see a pastel silk cami paired with a sharp suit or a vintage slip jeweled for a soiree. Delicate lace-trimmed leggings are also a popular addition to a babydoll dress or oversized sweater.
The trend has hit the Queen City, says Britt Cruikshank, owner of award-winning La Silhouette Lingerie in Madiera. Teenaged clients and professional 20- and 30-somethings come to her requesting the designer look for less.
She says her collection of nightgowns are in high demand and “look darling” as daywear. The best part: They’re affordable. These separates run between $40 and $500. She suggests pairing them with a cami or bra for added coverage and support. Think “appropriate” when it comes to work apparel. After all, you don’t want to offend a client or coworker with too much cleavage or skin.
Another tip: Wear a belt over a sexy cotton or chiffon top to give you more definition. You want to avoid the maternity top look. La Silhouette sales reps can be seen around town sporting this chic look, Cruikshank says.
Cruikshank also has looks for outside the office. Velour is hot for loungewear, especially in black and hot pink. You can’t go wrong with a sexy and sleek number that is comfortable to wear around the house, yet appropriate enough to wear to the grocery store.
Tights and leggings were a staple in the ’80s. Go retro with ballerina-inspired leggings. For a softer look, find a pair with lace trim. La Silhouette’s leggings retail for between $40 and $60. Throw on a pair under your favorite dress and you’re ready to take the fashion world by the tail.
Pastels have remerged as the hot colors for spring, Cruikshank says. Think light pinks, soft blues and even grays, she says.
For more information about La Silhouette, visit the Web site or call (513) 272-8100.
Photographer: Neysa Ruhl Photography
Model: Heather Ingram, MTM Cincinnati
Makeup Artistry: Trina Paul
Hair Styling: Kathleen McGuirk, freelance stylist, firstname.lastname@example.org
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