I used to watch a lot of reruns of Next and Parental Control; mindless dating shows that were a complete guilty pleasure for me. One thing that both shows seemed to have in common was the bizarre first dates the contestants would go on - my favorite being the trapeze lessons. Now, don’t get me wrong, I see nothing wrong with being a trapeze artist; but, given my slight fear of heights, this would be the last thing I would want to do on a first date. No, I prefer to keep my feet on the ground and partake in a different type of trapeze artistry...of the fashion variety!
Bensoni “Sand Linen ‘Kirsten’ Trapeze Tent Dress” I suppose I should let you in on a little secret. When I was in fourth grade I was absolutely obsessed with pinafores due to the fact that my beloved American Girl doll Samantha was always wearing one. So you can only imagine my surprise when I fell upon Bensoni’s Sand Linen ‘Kirsten’ Trapeze Tent Dress. I’m not sure whether it has to do with the organza pleated front bib, the pleats throughout the dress, the loose fit, or the organza lining that plays a game of peek-a-boo from underneath the hemline, but the similarities between this beauty and a pinafore are uncanny. It has awakened a time from my childhood that I had forgotten all about; and made me desperate to call it my very own. Now, if only the $615 price tag wasn’t standing brutishly in my way!
Max Studio “Bubble Sleeve Trapeze Dress” Do you remember that butterfly dress I was gushing about just a few weeks ago? The one by Free People that is no longer being produced? While the color scheme is different, as is the fit, this fantastic fuchsia/birch colored Bubble Sleeve Trapeze Dress from Max Studio reminds me ever so much of it; plus, it’s less than half the price. The sleeves have a very fluttery, flirty air about them; while the multi-colored screenprint acts as a conversation piece, what with its intricate design. There is something very demure, yet Lolita-inspired about this frock that, literally, makes me weak in the knees. Perfect paired with ballerina flats or a sky-high platform. I think I’m in love!
Marc Bouwer Glamit! “Short Jeweled Collar Trapeze Dress” I’m one of those people who always likes to be prepared; thus, I see nothing wrong with buying this Short Jeweled Collar Trapeze Dress now, so that I will have it on hand should I be invited to a chic cocktail party – even if it’s ten years from today. The bugle beaded, jeweled neckline provides a height of classic glamour to the oftentimes more casual trapeze dress; while the free-falling shape and sultry keyhole keep it from ever appearing stuffy. Yes, I’ve certainly sold myself on it. Now, is anyone having a party?
Forever 21 “Twisted Flower Knit Tunic” At first look I thought this was a top; in all actuality, it can be worn as either a top or a dress. My take on it? It must be worn as a dress, because it’s too fabulous to have to compete with a pair of fancy pants. This Twisted Flower Knit Tunic is a hot pink piece of perfection that stays in tune with the floral craze that is currently upon us thanks to the flower trim along the neckline. To add a little extra kick of sass, it features a ruffle trim bottom that is as girly as it gets; and incredibly hard to resist, mind you. Even better is its affordability - $19.80. For that much, you could also buy a few jangly gold bangles and a pair of glamorous espadrilles to complement this punchy piece!
Juicy Couture “Long Sleeve Butterfly ‘Easy’ Dress" By now you are probably thinking that my life revolves around butterflies; but it doesn’t. It’s just that sometimes something catches your eye that is so irresistible you simply can’t help but fall in love with it. Case in point, this Long Sleeve Butterfly ‘Easy’ Dress. This is one of those dresses that give off ethereal vibes from the moment you first see it. The turquoise colored silk is breezy and lightweight, sporting bell sleeves that are 3/4, in addition to a tied ruffled scoopneck that is squeal-worthy. But the over-the-top bit that I’m lusting over? The gold foil butterfly print. Honestly, there is nothing more charming. I think I may faint from the cuteness!
What are your thoughts on the trapeze dress?
Thanks to Bluefly, Max Studio, Bloomingdale's, and Forever 21 for the pictures.