What's a Trapeze Dress?
Sunday, May 13, 2007
|Thandie Newton (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)|
A: Though its name may suggest otherwise, the trapeze dress has mercifully little to do with mounting a swing or joining Cirque du Soleil. Put simply, it's a dress that's shaped like a trapezoid: Rather than nipping in at the waist, the cut juts out and away from the body. Depending on the degree of jut, the effect can be subtly architectural (see Thandie Newton's mod mini, right) or thoroughly over-the-top (I'd wager you could fit three Kate Mosses into Paul & Joe's free-flowing frock, below right, which retails for $490 at http:/
The trapeze trend is all over stores, but this retro look isn't right for everyone. It can drown very petite women, and conservative types may find its waistless lines more weird than wonderful. Here are some tricks to pulling off the style: