Ladylike Drop-Waisted Dresses

The '20s mood on the spring runways yielded a number of classic, drop-waist looks.

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Swinging drop-waist dresses with a '20s flair attended the jazz-era mood on the runways this season. At Reed Krakoff, sleek, modern coat dresses were belted below the hips and gave way to soft pleats in the skirt.
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Likewise, Victoria Beckham's modern take on classic flapper dresses included super-tailored drop-waist dresses. This particular look features a banded halter neckline and contrasting white panels through the skirt.
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Cavalli's signature ultra-sexy looks took a '20s-inspired turn this season in beaded drop-waist dresses with sheer mesh detailing.
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Daisy Buchanan served as inspiration for Ralph Lauren's all-white spring collection, which included sophisticated drop-waist sundresses paired with lush, feathery stoles.
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At Alberta Ferretti, woven color-blocked dresses cut low through the hips had a beachy, modern vibe.
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Art deco glam ruled the runway at Gucci, where this drop-waist dress with gold beading and a plunging V-neck made its debut.
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Etro's modern flapper looks were finished with bold geometric details like the zig-zagging triangles on this shimmery, beaded dress.
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By contrast, Sonia Rykiel's silky drop-waist dresses had a comfortable, laid-back appeal.
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Topshop
Topshop's airy tiered sundress calls for a roomy straw tote and lace-up gladiator sandals. $96 at Topshop.
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Celine's drop-waist olive and cream leather skirt was shown with a simple sleeveless button-down and oversized white belt.
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Ethereal pink and cream looks at Chloe felt classically glam with drop-waist styling and tulle-finished skirts.
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ForwardForward.com
A slinky wrap dress by Helmut Lang feels simple enough for day, but could easily be gussied up with strappy heels and a big gold cuff for an evening occasion. $470 at ForwardForward.
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With layers of contrasting metallics, Giambattista Valli's ethereal spring ensembles had a fresh, futuristic mood.
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Rodarte's Van Gogh-inspired spring collection included a number of ethereal drop-waist dresses, including this sunflower yellow look with a single gathered hip.
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Net-a-Porter
This simple beaded frock by Alice & Olivia boasts a swishy white cotton skirt. $220 at Net-a-Porter.
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