Created by the great Christian Dior in the 1950s, the A-line is arguably one of the most flattering shapes in fashion. Several eras down the line and the a-line dress is still your body's best friend, hugging the waist and skimming the hips, creating a feminine silhouette with curves in all the right places.
Keeping it retro in an a-line dress
With its roots firmly in the wardrobes of the 50s, 60s and 70s, the a-line dress is the perfect item for any vintage fan. The a-line shift dress is a simple 60s look for work, but enlist in the era's party vibe in a full-skirted prom dress. An a-line maxi dress is ideally matched with summers of love inspired by the 70s, but remember to pair it with some platform shoes to really perfect that hippy look. The 50s was all about femininity, and the a-line dress is the perfect choice if you want an uber feminine outfit. Look out for full skirts, and fabrics such a lace and tulle to give your dress that special 1950s touch.
The a-line dress and the modern fashionista
Luckily for those who aren't fans of all things vintage, the a-line dress has sailed firmly into the modern wardrobe. Pick a simple style with a wide pleated skirt for a contemporary preppy vibe, or opt for a jersey fabric with a draped body or asymmetric tailoring for a current high fashion feel. Brighten up a retro a-line dress with layers and accessories. Team a girly style with a tough leather jacket for a fashion-forward take on evening wear, or wear it with biker boots and a chain clutch bag for an eclectic grunge feel.