Now if you’re a regular here on the blog or on my Youtube channel, then you know how much I love a glammed up, super feminine, romantic look. So naturally, I turn to designers who master this style and take it to a whole new level for my day to day inspiration. And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I think I may be right on cue with this whole “inspiration for a romantic look” thing:
Elie Saab Romantic Look by silvia-cosma on Polyvore
Elie Saab has to take the crown when it comes to creating looks straight out of fairy-tales, with just a hint of sultry. The brand’s artful use of lace, tulle and embroidery makes me swoon every time I see their collections, and add another couple dresses to my wishlist.
Zuhair Murad by silvia-cosma on Polyvore
Zuhair Murad brings not just the romance, but also the drama! I love their over the top style and extravagant gowns, rich fabrics and architectural silhouettes. And hey, you may not be able to wear these to work, but how amazing would they be for a masquerade ball?
Monique Lhuillier by silvia-cosma featuring a home fragrance
Monique Lhuillier is another favorite of mine, with their insanely beautiful wedding dresses and elegant eveningwear. Their playful use of transparencies and veritable sculptures in chiffon and tulle make each creation a dream for nostalgic romantics (ahem ahem, you know any?)
Self-Portrait by silvia-cosma featuring colored wall mirrors
Known for their guipure lace, Self-Portrait top my list as the best choice for more affordable romantic garments. Their cold shoulder tops and dresses ooze femininity with just a hint of Lolita- pair them with their vinyl boots and you have a whole different definition of edgy femininity.
Vintage Dior by silvia-cosma featuring Christian Dior
Last but certainly not least, my heart belongs to vintage Dior. While I still love their current collections, it’s their 50’s creations that I would happily spend my savings on. They actually reinvented femininity and made cinched waists and flouncy skirts all the rage in their New Look period- and haven’t lost their appeal since.