Anne Hathaway at the Producers Guild Awards
Anne is wearing an Erdem dress, custom vegan Giuseppe Zanotti sandals (until now I had always presumed satin was meat-free) and carrying a Christian Louboutin clutch.
See by Chloe
This See by Chloe black floral print silk dress is a pretty good facsimile of Anne's. ($451)
These Martinez Valero strappy satin sandals have the same gladiator look. ($99)
This bright Coccinelle clutch features similar gathered satin for a tenth of the Christian Louboutin price. ( $79)
Alice + Olivia
Alice + Olivia's Blair sheath dress is a floral-print twill with a square neckline. ($297)
Erdem's Peyton dress features a bateau neckline with V'd back. ($794)
This floral print sleeveless dress from Lanvin has an eye-catching brush stroke detail and costs more than my first car. ($2771)
Marc by Marc Jacobs
This Marc by Marc Jacobs' floral print dress has a vintage feel. ($473)
Yigal Azrouel's mid-length shift dress has these awesome leather asymmetric seams. ($995)
Floral prints are timeless, but they can also come across a little Easter Sunday or Shady Pines if you don’t know what you’re doing. Anne Hathaway got it half-right here — she managed to keep her floral dress from being cutesy by going with a print on black silk — but the waist is too high and cuts her off in a weird place. When prints are big and bright, you want the waist to hit directly above the belly-button at your narrowest point (good example: this dress by Alice + Olivia, $297, or this dress by Erdem, $794). Also, you should generally steer clear of pleats and gathers around the midsection — they can add unnecessary bulk to your frame. If you must, though, make sure to cinch up with a belt (this Marc by Marc Jacobs dress has a satin drawstring) — otherwise, you’ll just look like a fatty. Lastly, when doing florals, you should avoid ruffles and bows at all costs, unless you’re under the age of eight or it’s your quinceañera. Floral + ruffles + bows = a Bermuda’s Triangle of fashion from whence good taste can never return.