After the sportswear '70s and the power-look-driven '80s, the no-stress '90s are putting a new spin on one of fashion's oldest concepts: the dress.
It's everywhere, in every shape at every price. The news is in comfortably clean-lined sheaths, A-line shifts, trapeze styles, coatdresses and fit-and-flare looks. Generally skimming somewhere over the knee, these dresses can pop with bright Mondrian-esque color-blocks and floral and geometric prints or glow in soft pastels and summer whites. The key message: Keep it simple.
"The dress is the main item for spring. It's what's new and we feel it's very fresh and modern-looking. The colors are great and I think people want something that's different," says Shawny Burns, fashion director for Bloomingdales branch stores.