Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A is for A-Line Dress

Hello my dear readers! I hope you are having an absolutely FABULOUS week so far! Today I am sharing an excerpt from a book I received as a gift last year. It's The One Hundred by Nina Garcia..."A Guide To The Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own." It shares the A-Z staples each woman should have in her wardrobe, and today we are starting with A. :)

A is for A-Line Dress:
Nina Garcia writes:

"A TRUE A-LINE is narrower on the top and flares out gently toward the bottom, resembling the letter A, thus the name. Here's the deal with the A-line dress: It will work for you on your best day. It will work for you on your worst day. It will work when you don't know what to wear, for all occasions, and in all kinds of weather. And no matter what, it will flatter your figure. That is really a lot for a fashion item to give you. Yet, it demands so little in return, just a few bold accessories, a great pair of shoes, and maybe a pair of tights, depending on the time of year. But that's it. It is a no-fuss dress and perhaps that is why it was the must-have dress of the '60's, when fun and free-spiritedness was favored over the formality and structure of the prior decade. Every '60s "It" girl had an arsenal of these dresses in her closet- Twiggy, Penelope Tree, Edie Sedgwick, Mary Quant, Jean Shrimpton. These were the Kate Mosses of the day. If you do a Google image search of these women, a picture of them in an A-line will always come up on the first page. They are often wearing a bold print or a bright-colored A-line with boots or flats. Their accessories are always amazing. This became the unofficial uniform of the 1960s, and the reason this dress should still be in every girl's closet today is because it is so damn flattering. Eat, ladies, for we always have the A-line.

With a good A-line, the fabric flows over perceived flaws or imperfections. No matter the day, the season, or the year, the A-line dress will always make you look and feel fashionable, fabulous, and perfectly capable of keeping up with Twiggy and her crew.


*It is advisable to always have a black A-line in your repertoire as a "just in case" dress. As in: just in case you are invited to a dinner party or out on an impromptu date and only have five minutes to get ready. 
*The dress is perfect to wear in the summer with Sandals (#75) or in the winter with Knee Boots (#45). A dress for all seasons, indeed.
*For a great contrast, wear a white A-line with your Black Opaque Tights (see #10). The look is always youthful and playful.
*If you want to really be daring, wear a bright-colored A-line with a bright-colored tight, like a true '60s mod girl."
Fashion 101 - Type A

"Christian Dior created the A-line dress in 1955, a style he had adapted from Cristobal Balenciaga's more extreme trapeze dress. Dior cut off a lot of the excess fabric from the sides and created a silhouette that was more streamlined, but still fit loose on the body. In the 1950s, women were used to wearing tighter, waist-accentuating designs, and the A-line was anything but. At first, women rejected this new style of dress, its shape, its informality. They hadn't been dieting for nothing! But in the '60s, when girls were eager to be freed from the constraints of all of those waist-conscious designs, the A-line started to take off. When women like Twiggy and Jackie O became fans, it was all the celebrity endorsement the A-line needed to secure its reputation in the annals of fashion history."

"The fashionable woman wears clothes. The clothes don't wear her." -- Mary Quant

(All the information above is from the book)

A handful of A-lines:

Have a beautiful and blessed day! :)



  1. Love this post!! Thanks FFM!!

  2. Great post, and so true!
    I have two A-line silk taffeta dresses from JCrew, probably 8 years old, that I purchased at a crazy outlet in NC in 2003. They will always have a place in my closet as they are so timeless!

  3. I hope you keep this feature...I love it!

  4. Thanks for sharing this and for the links to the dresses. I have this book too and it's one of my fashion book faves :)

  5. Great idea for a post! I look forward to more exerpts.

  6. Great post! Great book - I have it too - and it's full of fabulous and fun info!

  7. I am a HUGE fan of the A-line dress. I just bought one at Kohl's in the Elle collection in black with beading and a large purple flower with yellow accents. It is so figure forgiving/flattering:)

  8. Thanks for stopping by ladies! I'm so glad you enjoyed this feature and will post more of the *alphabet* in the future. :)

  9. I adore the sutro dress. Super cute. Great post :-)