Choosing the Perfect Dress
I will admit that the dress is not my favorite piece in my style arsenal. In fact the thought of my thighs rubbing together is a mental image I could do without. Having said that, the ability to choose the perfect dress is a necessary skill for any woman. If you are going to do something, you may as well do it right I guess.
The is most important thing that any piece of clothing can do for you is to create the right shape. Shape is created by placing design elements in the appropriate place on the garment. In the pieces featured above, shape was created using several techniques. First of all, the belted waist will accentuate the smallest part of your body and create an instant hourglass shape. The other dress created shape by gathering at the bust line and flaring out. When it comes to that method of creating shape, always try the garment on. For the garment to be the most flattering option possible it is essential that the line at the bust fall in the right spot, otherwise the overall look will be very awkward. Also, depending on the size of your bust, the flare can sometimes create a box like shape.
Choosing A Style
The style of dress that you choose will of course be determined by the event that you are attending. Structured fabrics are appropriate for more formal occasions while jersey style materials are appropriate for casual settings. Also consider the setting that you will be in when you decide whether or not it is appropriate to choose a sleeveless option. One quick option to change a sleeveless dress into an appropriate formal option though is to add a simple cardigan. In that way you will have an option that is appropriate for multiple settings.
Choosing a Length
The length of your dress will be determined by both your height and your shape. If you are petite, choose a dress that falls just above the knee because it will create the illusion of height. If you are taller, you can opt for a longer dress that will give off a more sophisticated vibe. Finally, consider the shape of your legs. If your thighs are thicker you will want to choose a longer version that will counteract the shape.
Will you rock a dress this season?