Dresses are a great item to have in your wardrobe. They can be versatile, work for many occasions, and take the hassle out of having to match a top with bottoms. Saving you time each morning. But, it can be confusing to know what style of dress to wear and which types of dresses will suit you.
Here are my 3 top tips to finding the perfect dress for you to keep you looking fabulous and feeling confident.
1. Be practical!
The most important thing you need to remember when looking for a dress is the practicality of it. We can all get swept up in the beauty and elegance of a good maxi dress or cocktail dress. But, when you're either doing the school run or tidying up after the kids most days, will this be practical?
Of course, you may
want to select a fancier dress for special occasions but consider your lifestyle. If you're dressing more casually day to day and only dressing up once every couple of months, there's no point in having 10 formal dresses hanging in your wardrobe taking up space.
So, the first step is to think about what you'll mostly be wearing dresses for. How will they be practical for that occasion and you? I.e don't buy a maxi dress if you're going to be tripping over it, instead stick to a shorter length.
2. Know your scale
Speaking of choosing the right dress length, you'll want to understand your scale to choose the right length and style of dress.
There are three types of scale, small, medium, and large. Scale is dependent on your bone structure and height. So, if you're short and petite you will be small scale. If you're over 5'3 you're most likely medium scale and if you're taller than 5'8 you will likely be large scale.
Now, we want our clothes to match our scale. so, if you're small scale wearing a long maxi dress will more than likely swamp and overwhelm you. You're better suited to something shorter in the length, with minimal detail and any patterns should be small.
If you have a medium scale you have a little more room to play around. You can see which length of dress you prefer. Make sure there's not too much detail or any huge patterns. Finally, those with a large scale will want to stay away from anything too delicate as this won't look right on you. You can definitely pick a longer length. Look for dresses with large blocks of colour and detail. If choosing something with a pattern make sure this is big!
3. Choose the right style for your body shape
This is essential for finding the perfect dress for you. I'm going to break down the 5 body types and let you know which style of dress will work for each body shape.
Pear: Small on top with wider hips and thighs.
With a Pear body shape, the goal is to bring the attention away from the hips. We want to create an illusion of a wider shoulder line to try and balance out the body.
The best style of dress will be a 1950's vintage style as this will flare out at the hips (hiding their wideness). Whilst, also emphasising the waist. A beautiful neckline will bring attention up to your face. You could also look for something with interesting sleeves. This will draw the eye out over the shoulders.
Apple: Sloped shoulders, no definite waist, and a full bottom
With this body shape, it's best to avoid anything that has any waist detail. We want to draw the attention up towards your beautiful face. Styles that will work wonderfully are wrap dresses, shift dresses, and empire lines. Look for something that shows off the cleavage a little. Dresses with an assymetric hemline can be fun and a great option for you.
Hourglass: Shoulders and hips are roughly in line with a definite waist, and generally curvy all over.
So, as you've got a nice waist let's show it off! You always want to make sure dresses have some shaping. If anything is too loose and unstructured you'll lose your silhouette. Look for dresses that have some waist detail, a fuller skirt, and a lower neckline.
Inverted Triangle: Wider shoulders and a large bust with narrow hips.
Like the pear shape but in reverse, we want to be able to balance out the shoulder and hip line. Dresses can be a little more difficult to find a style that will work well on you. We still have some gorgeous options though. Look for bias-cut hemlines.
Necklines could have a deep halter neck, as less material here will break up the width of the bust. You can also try empire line dresses or a wrap style. If you want something with longer sleeves look for something with a 3/4 length sleeve and interesting cuffs. This will keep the eye away from the wider shoulders. You'll definitely want to avoid any fancy short sleeves. Or, too much detail around the shoulder line.
Straight: Shoulder and hips are roughly equal with no definite waist.
As you have a very straight and slightly 'boxy' shape you want to make sure any fabrics you're choosing are stiff and structured. Look for a shift dress or shirtwaist dresses.
Those are my failsafe tips for finding the perfect dress in three quick and easy steps. Give these a try next time you're on the hunt for a new dress!
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