Make a Grecian impact by embracing the flowing, natural hues of golden goddesses

By Sisi Tsoi

All of us have wardrobe staples. These are fail-safe pieces that we come back to over and over, fortunate for their longevity, quality and unlimited style value. We all have a little black dress, ready to go to at a moment's notice, whenever we feel that familiar panic of 'I have nothing to wear!' It isn't, however, the only item that can come to the rescue. A black dress isn't invariably a style that's completely ideal; in the warmer months, or when we are compelled for something a lot more girly and idealistic, a grecian style dress may just do the trick.

The Grecian dress is a type that actually has quite an array of versions. Asymmetric, one-sleeved, strapless, long-sleeved, mini, midi and maxi; the options are infinite. Each of them flatter diverse areas of the body; maxi dresses are famously complementing for taller girls, whereas mini lenths can extend the legs of those of us who are perhaps just a little shorter. A cream or white chiffon dress will look stunning in the summer, whilst an aubergine or crimson tone is a fine solution for the cooler times of year.

Grecian dresses can have a contemporary feel whilst simultaneously making a nod towards the ancient world, one beyond the reach of nostalgia or vintage sentiment. Back to a time we can only read about in the history books, it brings a mysticism to your wardrobe, an otherworldliness. You can have a lot of fun with this idea, particularly when it comes to beauty and accessories.

Curl your hair loosely and heap in a messy bun, gripped together with a metallic hairband for an Aphrodite influenced effect. Or put on it down with a number of loose plaits for a relaxed, bohemian vibe. Go for bags and belts in gold, silver or bronze for a precious take on the craze, enhancing you to style goddess status.

The gladiator craze looks to be returning, with designers such as Anna Sui and Derek Lam sending them down the runways at Spring and Summer 2013's New York Fashion Week. Fish yours out of the wardrobe - remember, this was a trend back in 2007 so you will surely have some somewhere. Dust them off and practice pairing them with various floaty chiffon dresses for a deliciously ethereal look.

With the Grecian Dress style, you can always keep your look as minimal as you like, or stack on the accessories for an unconventional impact if you prefer. Typical jewelry with precious stones will be stunning against the pale background of the dresses, or alternatively, update the look with animal jewelry and skull designs, inspired by Pamela Love and her many imitators. Keeping the look uncomplicated will show off the elegant beauty of a Grecian style dress, whereas including tons of bling will produce an expensive, stylised outfit. Either way, you will look extraordinary and absolutely otherworldly.

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