Kate Winslet in Stella McCartney Fall 2011 and the Best Ways to Connect the Dots for Spring for Under $500

The days are getting warmer, but the nights are still awfully chilly so the best way to dress for a night out is to do a form-fitting knee-length dress with long sleeves in an interesting pattern or with fun detailing to give the look some life. You might think that the look is too covered up and a bit matronly, but the silhouette really shows off your curves and provides that hint of warmth that you need in the weeks transitioning to Spring.

Kate Winslet demonstrated this idea beautifully at the New York Premiere of “Mildred Pierce”. She chose a black stretch dress with sheer polka-dot detailing from Stella McCartney’s Fall 2011 collection and accessorized with black and nude strappy heels from McCartney as well as a gold tube clutch from Calvin Klein.

I adore this look. Kate Winslet has the most amazing figure and I love that she shows it off here in such an elegant and sexy way. This is a perfect way to wear black (since it is the easiest color for evening) if you want to do something fun that will allow you to stand out from the crowd. Her hair and makeup are also perfect, not overshadowing her dress and thus allowing it to play centerstage.

Polka dots are a classic print and they are in for Spring so if you have some pieces in the whimsical pattern, bring them out. Here are my favorite polka dotted picks.

Miu Miu’s polka dot pieces have been all the rage since their debut and the red, white and turquoise Cotton Sandals ($495) are perfect for the season with all your flirty cocktail dresses as well as denim. A good blazer is a Spring necessity and MINKPINK’s Spot the Difference Blazer ($98) is a fun way to wear one. Sonia Rykiel always adds a dose of whimsy and femininity to your wardrobe and her Polka Dot Dress with Bow ($495) is the perfect ladylike dress that can be worn year-round.

Visit www.stellamccartney.com for more information and see Kate Winslet’s look on the runway below.

*Images courtesy of Getty and GoRunway.com.

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