Every woman knows that buying a dress is easy. You pick one off the rails and pay for it at the till, right? Wrong!
Buying a dress is not that easy. The difficult part is choosing the right one for your
The right dress should, depending on your shape, either show off your curves, enhance them or create them, while at the same time, reduce the impact of your less beloved areas. This is no mean feat. Mais comment faire?
Once you have determined which shape your are, you have to remember that any garment has to work with your shape, not against it. The secret is to enhance your best features while disguising the parts you are not happy about. The desired result must be one of balance and proportion. Please see my previous post on the subject.
I did all the hard work so you don't have to: This board shows a dress per shape. The whys and hows of how they do their magic is laid out for you below.
This optical illusion dress is perfect for women who are straight up and down as the geometric patterns create curves.
The curved lines at the bust and hips give the illusion of a shapely hourglass figure.
The black panels at waist level create a shapely waist.
The tummy and waist are the areas that apple shapes have to bear in mind when choosing a dress. This one addresses the problem without hiding it.
The cleavage is enhanced with the V neckline.
The clever draping at the waist and tummy area, not only creates a slimmer waist but also slims down the tummy.
Your Marilyn Monroe shape has va-va-voom all by itself, you lucky girl. So it would be a great shame to hide your fantastic curves in a shapeless dress. Dresses that are the most hourglass friendly are those that accentuates your curves and small waist. This one does exactly that.
The shoulder straps, set at a wider angle, work to counter balance the skirt perfectly.
The sweetheart neckline shows off the bust to its best advantage.
You can accentuate the waist line even more by adding a belt in a bright and contrasting colour.
The full skirt gives you the Fifties look, so romantic and elegant.
For pear shapes, it is crucial to create equal proportions, by adding volume and shape at the bust while minimising the lower half.
The low V neck of this dress visually widens the chest, while the collar and buttons create interest to the upper body.
The belted waistline enhances your slim waist while the full skirt flows over your wider hips and bottom. The final result is the hourglass shape. Simple.
Your shoulders and chest are wider than your lower body, so you have to create the illusion of a narrower top while widening your lower half. This dress does this very well.
The straps are cut close to the neck so that it has a narrowing effect on the shoulders.
The high and round neckline has the opposite effect of the V neck, by narrowing instead of widening the torso.
The belted waistline creates a feminine shape while the full skirt widens your lower half to keep visual balance with your upper body.
Et voilà, I hope this post will help you to understand how to dress for your shape. And the next time you go shopping, remember that a dress that works with your shape is worth its weight in gold. If you need more advice on shapes, check out my Plus Size book.
If you enjoyed this post, you may also like these:
Are You a Petite Rectangle? Tips On How To Dress For This Shape
How to Dress a Pear Shaped Body
The Most Flattering Swimwear For Rectangles
Dress For Your Shape
Swimsuits: the Right Style For Your Shape
I'm Marie-Anne Lecoeur. I teach women how to upgrade their style and think, shop & dress like a French woman in my Ecourses and The French Chic Academy
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