The summer is heating up and so is my discussion on 09 couture trends. I will continue my three part "trends" discussion with the tier trend. I've heard this trend referred to as "cupcake dresses", "princess dresses" and "bridal dresses". No matter what you choose to call this trend, I call it perfectly adorable for any flower girl.
This haute couture is a great look for your little princess for several reasons. Tiers are whimsical, they have a lot of movement, and they are very girly. Tiers remind me of puffs of clouds and cotton candy. The style evokes a princess fantasy without being a Cinderella carbon copy.
The first look (Elie Saab) is a great example of this trend because it plays with textures and is a straight forward dress style we've all seen. In addition I love this look for your little flower girl because it is a skirt and top combo. The default flower girl or even bridesmaid option is a dress, but increasingly I've seen skirt and shirt combos going down the aisle. It's a good way to create your own look for your little princess. Mixing and matching is also a great way to balance formality of the flower girl ensemble. You can pair a more simple tank top with an ornate tiered skirt. It's also wonderful for the little ones that aren't quite proportioned who may need a bigger bottom than top or vice versa. You can avoid altering a dress simply by picking two pieces that fit your flower girl rather picking a flower girl to fit the dress!
Look two (Elie Saab) is a wonderful example of an all over tier texture. While I'm not a big fan of strapless dresses on the very youngest flower girls, I think this appropriate for your tween flower girls/jr brides maids. It's a throw back to the seventies with a modern bent. The ruffles and tiers also has a romantic and Victorian style. It's soft yet sophisticated.
The third look (Christian Lacroix) is a combination of the bow trend I discussed in the last blog and tiers. I looove this. If you haven't realized already, I am a big fan of whimsy meeting fashion. This look has girly written all over it. Again, I'm not saying to remake this look from head to toe. Taking different elements of style and combining them into one ensemble for your flower girl will create a one of a kind look. In this example the bow is attached at the top, but an easy way to add a cute floppy bow is get a fun colored satin ribbon and tie it around the waist of the dress. this wouldn't look right for all dresses, so be discerning before applying bows. The addition of a waist bow would be appropriate and oh so delicious if added to any of these tiered dresses.
The last example (Jean Paul Gautier) may not be appropriate for any of your little ones. I added it to show how beautiful tiers look while someone is walking. The photo captures the motion of the dress. When your flower girl is walking down the aisle in a dress that is full to the brim with ruffles and tiers there an airy motion like she is walking on clouds. I can see why this look was rampant on the spring 09 runway. It's ethereal without being literal. The tier look is sweet and perfectly delicious for any little princess’s big day.
Thanks for playing and stay tuned for the last tidbit from my three part trend alert.
My flower girl dress pick of the week:
Off The Shoulder Princess White Flower Girl Dress Item: J503G-WHT. Isn't this dress lovely. It's a breathe of fresh air on a hot summers day. Though this princess dress is a little daring with the off the shoulder look, it's very sweet with all the little roses. It's pure white, so if your flower girl likes to play with her food, it may not be the best dress for you. I also love it because it reminds me of a wedding cake! Yum!