There’s not a wardrobe staple that transitions better from one season to the next than the dress. And it’s no surprise that the dress has caught the attention of leading stylists and editors, with everything from sleek A-line to wrap-styles gracing the pages of fashion magazines. The key trends right now? Ruching and pleats, along with embellished necklines.
Brands like Liz Claiborne new york have especially capitalized on the dress trend at their outlet retail stores this season, with the design team putting special emphasis on patterns, prints and texture in the collection. And with good reason — retail statistics have shown that despite the lackluster economy of 2009, the dresses category was actually up 5 percent while the rest of the apparel market trended down, according to data from The NPD Group, a leading consumer and market research firm.
“Dresses have become one of the very few growing categories in apparel, with consumers seeing them as ‘great investments,'” says Marshal Cohen, Chief Industry Analyst, The NPD Group. “They create the basis for a complete outfit with the right accessories in one garment, and consumers just love the idea of one-piece dressing — it’s simple and economical.”
It is clear why dresses are such key wardrobe components of so many women who lead multi-faceted lives — they’re beautiful, feminine and oh-so-versatile. “All-occasion styles” of dresses are particularly popular within collections like those found at Liz Claiborne new york because they can be dressed up or down by changing out various accessories, like a colorful cardigan, heels or some great jewelry. The best part? They are available at over 90 outlet retail stores nationwide and come in petite, missy and plus sizes, making them a perfect fit for every body type.
Look for dresses that are easy to wear and easy to care for — Liz Claiborne new york dresses are almost all machine-washable and made of soft, breathable cotton- and in bold colors, soft prints and textured fabrics like eyelet. And don’t forget those accessories! Take a simple gingham shift dress from day-to-dinner with the simple but stylish addition of some strappy high-heel sandals and statement jewelry.