High necklines, ruffled sleeves, prairie florals. Victorian vibes ruled the Spring ’17 collections. From Alexander McQueen to Miu Miu, designers sent out frothy frocks and ethereal layers inspired by the most romantic period. Think lace, velvet, and a whole lot of ruffles—but with a modern spin so you don’t look like a page out of a history book. Sashay into spring with these seven inspired looks.
1. Shades of Cream
We always love all white, but layers are a major part of nailing this whimsical look. Make sure you mix and match different textiles and shades to create depth and dimension. And complete the look with a pair of tomboyish oxfords to keep it modern.
2. Prairie Girl
“We are attracted to clothes that have a history, a past life, a new romanticism,” says Philosophy’s designer Lorenzo Serafini, arguably the king of Victorian fashion. We love the way his dresses capture the essence of vintage pieces, while still feeling fresh.
3. Lady in Lace
An easy way to make the Victorian trend wearable is to pick one or two statement pieces and pair them with your everyday go-to’s. Try a lacy ALC top with your favorite pair of boyfriend jeans.
4. Gothic Glamour
Explore the dark side of Victorian romanticism with an all-black look. Ann Demeulemeester boots add a tough edginess while the velvet cape is pure luxuriousness. It’s all about balancing harder styles with softer pieces—avoid drifting too far in either direction.
5. Regal Details
Embrace the opulence of the Victorian era with ornate detailing. Gold-button trousers, metallic brocading, and big bows will have you standing a little taller and feeling downright regal.
6. The White Dress
With a high collar and ruffled layers of lace, this is the ultimate Victorian dress to rock this spring. Keep your accessories bold yet feminine. Think: Miu Miu flats and a floral scent.
7. Ruffled Up
You can’t do Victorian without ruffles. Happily, designers are casting them in fresh textiles this spring. We love the way J.W. Anderson’s statement skirt mixes a romantic silhouette with modern denim.
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