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A Florentine Affair

In I want... on June 15, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Romantic Summer Dresses

Why do I associate white and layered chiffon dresses with Florentine style? I remember falling in love with a beautiful vintage dress that Liv Tyler wore in my much-loved 90s flick, Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty, about an American girl discovering Tuscany.

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The curve-skimming tiers of weightless chiffon is just so fitting for a mediterranean summer evening and fortunately that’s exactly what came down the Chloé runway for Spring/ Summer 2010 to take its place amongst this summer’s staple trends. You could also  try the very pleasing ASOS or Kate Moss for Topshop options, (far right and centre) although the ultimate destination for the real McCoy would be Virginia Bates’ dreamland vintage boutique in Holland Park.

Virginia 98 Portland Road Holland Park, London W11 4LQ

In her sixties now and still writing for Vogue, Virginia has an eye like no other vintage buyer. Her collection of lace and chiffon dresses always has me in a spin everytime I visit her enviable boutique– a “must-see” for true vintage shoppers in London.

Avoid looking like a bride in these dresses and do accessorize with chunky heels or statement wedges, exotic clutches and noisy bangles. A booking for a romantic weekend in the Tuscan countryside might accessorize well too.

Dresses from left (click to shop)

MAJE beaded jersey mini dress, £258, Netaporter.com; acne cotton ruffle dress, £195; Silk-chiffon tiered ruffle dress, £4610, Chloe; Tiered maxi dress, £150, Kate Moss for Topshop; One Teaspoon Chiffon Maxi Dress, £110, ASOS

Accessories from left (click to shop)

Asos leather Triple Platform tan sandals, £85; Kitt Crochet clutch, £89, Reiss; Belle by Sigerson Morrison Espadrilles, £195, Netaporter.com.

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