Wardrobe Wish List: A-Line Louis Vuitton Dress

I’m not entirely sure how Louis Vuitton does it, but the brand is fantastic at making women look sophisticated and chic while still flaunting a dangerously low neckline. (I guess that’s why they can get away with charging 3 months rent for a shirt….) I have been having borderline inappropriate dreams about praise this dress from the LV Fall 2010 collection for not only being so unbelievably chic and classy, but for teaching women everywhere that you don’t have to dress like a nun when you want to look professional.

The secret? It’s all in the hemline.

Louis Vuitton has this trademark look going on for fall – the full skirt, belted waist, semi-sweetheart neckline and angled shoulder straps. There isn’t a dress in the Fall 2010 Ready to Wear line that has a hem above the knee. Yet they are all so incredibly sexy. The look is very Carrie Bradshaw during her Paris fiasco, and I’m ready to quit my job and make a mess of my life too just to be able to pull off this look.

Of course, quitting my job would make me even less capable of investing in an LV frock, but let’s forget the price tag for a minute. What easier way to pull off a great look than to invest in a dress like this? It’s an outfit-in-one, no assembly required. Sure you can throw in the gloves and purse if you so desire, but do you really need accessories when you can modestly pull off this kind of cleavage?

So maybe you won’t be wearing it to class, but when you need to be class-y it will be your go-to wardrobe staple. Whether it’s your sorority banquet or dinner with your boyfriend’s parents, this dress (or a much cheaper version that is probably hanging on an over-crowded rack at Forever 21 right now) is working for you. Add a sweet cardigan and skinny belt if you need a little less va-va-voom on top, or just flaunt it all as is. (Unless you’re wearing it to Sunday services, the long hemline will counterbalance any fear of nip-slips.)

Most of us will never be able to afford an LV dress (that doesn’t come from Chinatown), but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the fruits of that brand’s chic labors. Louis Vuitton sets trends and what they do, the rest of the fashion world does a few months later. And thank god for that; there are already much more budget-friendly versions of my dream dress out there, meaning we can all embrace the sexy sophistication Louis is known for.

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