This year has seen a plethora of odes to the ’90s: crop tops, utilitarian overalls, grungy plaid and layered denim just to name a few. I have loved this resurrection of ’90s trends since I lived them the first time around. However, I have also found myself dipping further back through the decades for style inspiration lately, namely, the ’50s. With classic silhouettes, glamorous designs and fashion icons that continue to influence designers today, the ’50s has incredible staying power. One of the vestiges of this decade that has found its way to present day street style is the fit and flare dress.

Form fitting at the top, the dress flares at the waist creating an hourglass shape that is reminiscent of the silhouettes of the ’50s. This Fashionista put a modern spin on this classic dress shape with a whimsical bird pattern and fun, vibrant colors. Making the prim dress a more casual outfit for a coffee run, she donned a pair of rugged lace-up boots and slouchy socks, effectively melding the timelessness of the ’50s and the aforementioned grungy and alternative ’90s. A leather tote provided ample space for a laptop and books without sacrificing style.

While the fit and flare dress has a distinct and classic style, there is no shortage of prints, patterns and colors for any personality or personal style. Lengths vary as well. A mini style like the one this Fashionista wore pulls the style into the twenty-first century while a longer hemline more closely emulates the original version. For the classic lovers out there, try a fit and flare dress in a solid color. With a pair of flats or wedges, you’ll have a wonderfully easy and timeless summer ensemble. To prevent your outfit from looking costume-y, forgo the pearls and opt for a bold statement necklace instead.

If you prefer this Fashionista’s style, look for a printed fit and flare dress and accessorize with your trusty, worn-in combat boots or canvas sneakers. The contrasting mixture of a structured dress and casual accessories is a good formula for a summer outfit that can take you from class to a concert.

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