Ever wondered how to pick the perfect dress to make your body look wonderful? Today, our guest blogger Brenda Panin gives you some useful advice to make your shopping easier, with her guide of the best tips when choosing the right dress for your body type.
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Best tips when choosing the right dress for your body type
Whether you are pear-shaped, broad-shouldered, curvy or tall, finding the perfect dress can sometimes seem like an exhaustive task, especially when there is so many choices available on the market. There are a number of factors you will need to consider when choosing the right dress for your body type, and this will often involve accentuating areas of your body that you like, and hiding areas that you don't. Here are some tips on how to choose the right dress for your body type - whether you need something special for an upcoming party or event, or just need a dress for casual wear.
1. Size matters
First you will need to identify your body shape, and then try and find a dress that best suits you. One of the most common mistakes that women make when choosing a dress is opting for a design that doesn't flatter the figure. You will need to choose a dress that fits the body perfectly, as baggy dresses can make you appear bigger than you actually are. A great way to do this is to choose a fabric that fits the body well without clinging. Wrap dresses can be flattering if you have a fuller figure, although you should avoid layers to try and hide parts of the body you are less than fond of. You may want to refer to a size chart in order to ascertain the best clothes that fit your body type.
2. Downplaying parts of the body you don't like
Find a dress that conceals areas of the body that you don't like. For example, a dress with an embellished neckline can draw attention from the lower half of your body, and can help to balance out the figure. Alternatively, a longer dress can look great if you are not comfortable showing your legs, although you may want to bear in mind that short dresses can often be a big no-no regardless of your body shape. Dresses with lots of details on the bottom can work if you want to downplay broad shoulders, as are dresses with beading on the bottom of the skirt. Moreover, dresses with a round neckline can help to make the shoulders narrower than they really are, so avoid dresses with big sleeves that can highlight this problem area.
3. Colors and prints
Choose colors, prints, and patterns with caution, especially if you want to hide any lumps and bumps. Darker colors like navy blue, brown or black can be beneficial if you want to conceal your curves, and can help to create the illusion of a thinner figure. Add a splash of color in the form of jewelry or accessories, which can help to draw the eye away from these problem areas. Alternatively, wear brightly-colored shoes with a darker dress. If you have a fuller figure, you might want to consider staying away from stripes, spots, or other design elements that can highlight your body shape. You may also want to choose a hairstyle and make up depending on the color of dress you are planning to wear.
4. Watch your waistline
If you want to conceal a larger waist, find a dress that has a waistline which is either lower or higher than this area. You may also want to opt for a dress that helps to elongate the body, such as one with a V neck. These types of dresses can help to divert attention from the waist area, and help you feel more confident. If you want to create the illusion of having a curvy figure, try a belt around the waist which can accentuate your body type. Alternatively, find a dress that pinches at the waist, helping to conceal any problem areas like love handles. These dresses are available in a wide range of different styles and designs, so be creative and create a look that will show off your best features.
5. Be confident
Most importantly you will need to find a dress that provides you with confidence and makes you feel as comfortable as possible. Try not to opt for any platform shoes or tight dresses that can prevent you from enjoying the function you are attending. If a dress has a neckline that is too deep, or is in a color that you are not comfortable wearing, leave it in the shop.
About the author:
Brenda Panin is a full time mom and a passionate bloger interested in topics related to fashion and beauty. Since she doesn't have time to go shopping she enjoys buying on line. Most of her dresses for the upcoming summer she bought at Popcherry.
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