A trend that has circulated back into fashion, and that we're adoring because of its effortless chic design, is the babydoll dress. This popular style has proven to be the perfect Spring/ Summer dress, with its flowy and dreamy statement silhouette. There are many renditions of this popular silhouette that can be dressed up with heels or down with sneakers. Some babydoll dresses can feature Victorian-esque balloon sleeves, a broderie anglaise treatment, intricate necklines or collars and frill tiers to create an elevated, feminine and voluminous design.
THE ORIGIN OF YOUR BABYDOLL DRESS
Many believe that the beginning of this story starts with ‘The King of Fashion’ Paul Poiret in 1912. In a time where women’s fashion was transitioning away from traditional corsets and extravagant everyday outfits, Paul Poiret introduced loose fitted silhouettes and said 'goodbye' to corsets to create a dress that was still reminiscent of traditional design with the sleeves and collars, though now more comfortable and versatile. After the second World War, the fashion industry experienced a shortage in fabrics, leading to designers like Sylvia Pedlar to shorten their night gown designs to be above the knee. It wasn’t until the swinging 60s when the mini dress became prevalent in fashion and thus the babydoll dress we know and love today was born. Fast forward 60 years and the once elegant evening dress has been transformed into a timeless style to wear during the day casually or dressed to the nines at night!
HOW TO STYLE YOUR BABYDOLL DRESS
Perhaps one of the main reasons the babydoll dress is so popular at the moment is because it is an easy outfit to wear from daytime to evening just by changing your accessories. At Apéro, we are known for our babydoll tops and babydoll dresses which feature our signature balloon sleeves. Here are some ways that we would style our babydoll dresses for daytime casual to evening wear.
MAYA ANGLAISE BABYDOLL DRESS
Maya Anglaise Babydoll Dress by Apéro Label, Baby Amber Sage Green Bag by By Far, Lisa Heel by Alias Mae, Gator Pink Sunglasses by Poppy Lissiman, Keshi Pearl Hoops by Holly Ryan, Crossover Leather Shoes by The Iconic
PEACHY BABYDOLL DRESS
Peachy Babydoll Dress by Apéro Label, Dakota Backpack by Dagne Dover, Club C 85 Sneakers by Reebok, Zingaro Castaway Sunglasses by Shevoke, Delight Nude Leather Heels by WIndsor Smith, Rantan Beige Croc Bag by JW Pei, Essential Gold Hoops by Reliquia Jewellery
AVA LINEN FLORAL BABYDOLL DRESS