Folk-inspired party dresses are flattering for all figures
An interesting fashion trend which is rooted in history, folk-inspired fashion invokes a blend of traditional patterns and weaves from around the world, and is both a classy as well as a quirky look. Hollywood seems to have taken quite a liking to this colorful trend, with actresses such as Sandra Bullock, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Samara Weaving wearing their folk-inspired party dresses with panache. Fashion designers too, enjoy this trend, with Carolina Herrera and Ralph Lauren coming up with their versions of the style. Fashion houses too, are enjoying this trend, with Gucci and DKNY bringing out paisley and elaborate fringes on their dresses, and focusing on fiery autumn colors and fur as an accessory. Faux fur is an option for those who are uncomfortable with the original. Armani’s take on this style incorporates paisley and fur against black blouses, which add to their dramatic effect. A skinny leather belt and a pair of tasseled knee length boots are recommended to enhance the look.
Paisley is the pattern of choice for folk-inspired party dresses, and a variation in necklines and lengths will make this style suitable for all body types. It is easy to channel the classic 70’s style by pairing a short round neck paisley dress with black or grey leggings for that quintessential folk look. Shaggy longhaired furs will accentuate haute-hippy glamour while platform shoes will be perfect for that folk-themed party.
Furs, tassels, and leather are essential components for that quintessential folk party dress. As mentioned, faux fur is an easy replacement for the real thing, and looks exactly the same. Fur trims are a common element with most folk-theme party dresses, if not, fur stoles and Russian style hats make great accessories. Tassels are present on dresses and on accessories such as bags and boots, and also add to the folk element. Leather boots and hats are also considered part of the folk fashion style, and more recently, fashion designers have begun infusing leather buttons and other elements to their folk-inspired party creations.
Folk inspired party dresses also have the ability to provide a slimming or silhouette effect; for tall and thin women, large patterns will give the illusion of curves and also highlight your height. Fitted designs and short dresses with fur or lace trimming at the base will also be suitable, and could be accessorized with ankle length or knee length boots for a folk-meets-cowgirl fashion statement. For those on the short and curvy side, consider the safe asymmetrical style of folk dresses and stick to smaller paisley patterns with minimal trimming and detail at the base. Draw attention to your neckline with a cowl or v-neck style and consider a neck accessory such as a leather pendant or flowered chain. Fur-lined boots would make an ideal fashion statement, as would a pair of solid colored leggings [black being most preferable for those seeking a slim look].
Folk style party dresses make a great fashion statement and are easy to tailor as well as purchase from a store. Feel free to explore the world of folk styles and patterns, and remember to accentuate your party dress with the right accessories!