The dress made its reappearance on the fashion scene several years ago and it continues its surge in popularity. Its reincarnation in the fall 2011 fashion season emphasizes florals, geometric patterns and bold colours so a note to all wallflowers: it’s time to blossom. A well-chosen dress should be able to take you from your office at King and Bay to the after-work bars at King and Portland. Check out some of fall 2011’s best dresses at these well-known Toronto’s retailers.
Fresh Collective unites established and upcoming Toronto designers in one location to market their designs so you are guaranteed to see a wide variety of cutting edge styles at each of their locations. In addition, designers produce either one or a very few of each style. The Fresh Baked Goods Cowl Dress pictured, which retails for $145, will flatter an hour-glass or pear-shaped figure and would look great with suede boots or this season’s must-have pumps. The youthful Mandala Designs Knit Dress retails for $168. Fresh Collective has stores at 692 Queen St. W., 274 Augusta Ave. (Kensington Market) and their new location at 401 Roncesvalles Ave.
A well-established West Queen West design house, Comrags offers stylish and original women’s fashions for work and play. Most pieces are produced in limited quantity so the odds are you won’t show up at work seeing your most recent purchase on the back of your colleague. Comrags is located at 654 Queen Street West, two blocks west of Bathurst St. The Long Sleeved Elm dress pictured right, in the fall 2011 season’s popular floral print, retails for $460. The Hawk Dress in Etch Crush pictured below retails for $340.
BCBGMaxazria, which expanded into Canada from the U.S. several years ago, knows how to cut a dress. If you purchase one of their classic lines, you’ll be able to wear it for years. The popping jewel-tone Jenesis dress shown below received its inspiration from the dress worn by the Duchess of Cambridge at her engagement announcement. BCBGMaxazria has stores at the Eaton Centre, Bloor Street, Sherway Gardens, Yorkdale Mall, Square One, the Promenade and Hillcrest Mall.
Esprit’s down-to-earth styles for both men and women combine quality with affordable prices for clothing for work, school or leisure. The classic Jersey Dress pictured retails for $89.50 and is a classic staple for your fall wardrobe working well for both day and evening. The dress’s A-line skirt is flirtatious and flattering. You’ll find Esprit at the Eaton Centre, Sherway Gardens, Yorkdale Mall, Square One, Fairview Mall, Scarborough Town Centre and The Promenade.