Have you been noticing how many dresses have tie-fronts?  With tie-front tops being popular for several seasons, it makes sense that the trend would eventually make its way to dresses.  Personally, I like it.  It’s finally a trend that can work for a variety of body shapes.  Tie-front dresses delicately shape the waist without being too tight, which is perfect for hourglass figures.  Have a tummy?  The tie-front covers the stomach without being shapeless.  Straight up and down?  If you don’t have a shapely figure but want to create one, try a tie-front dress.  This is why I like this trend, it works well for many, even maternity.

Five Ways to Wear a Tie-Front Dress

To give you some ideas how to style a tie-front dress, I put some outfits together using this style from Tahari.  Unfortunately, the burgundy color I am using has sold out in a matter of days (darn you, Nordstrom anniversary sale) but it is still available in black.

Outfit #1

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For this first look, I styled the dress with very versatile tan peep toe bootie sandals from Vince Camuto, a novelty bag from Louise et Cie and pendant from Stella & Dot.  With the tie front and key hole at the neckline, I selected a more subtle necklace to avoid too much distraction.

Outfit #2

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The length of this dress lends itself well to both flats and heels.  For a dressy casual weekend look, I styled the dress with flat ankle strap metallic sandals from Kenneth Cole.  I finished the outfit with a grey crossbody bag from ALLSAINTS and silver drop earrings from Halogen.  Statement earrings work better with a tie front dress than overly ornate necklaces do.

Outfit #3

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Wanting to play with color, I styled this tie-front dress with a pair of soft blue block heel sandals and finished the look with a colorblocked handbag from Tory Burch and simple stud earrings by Freida Rothman.

Outfit #4

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This next look I styled with novelty flats in snakeskin from Sam Edelman.  Working tonally, I added this bag from Boden and finished the outfit with a lariat from Nordstrom.

Outfit #5

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Lastly, I styled this dress with olive using these sandals from Talbots.  I finished the outfit with a burgundy bag fro Proenza Schouler and green earrings from Kate Spade.

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