Dress is the most practical and the most difficult article of clothing at the same time.
The reason of both qualities is one and the same attribute of the dress – it cover all the figure at once.
Because of this, choosing a dress you should take into account all the features of your figure, all the known laws of stylish geometry, and also the knowledge about color types. In this case, the color of dress will be secondary, because here we will focus on a basic style and colors of “your” dress.
So, the dress is:
Gate / cutout
Sleeves / straps
Silhouette / Belt
In order to look brilliant in a dress, all of the above should suit you and blend with each other harmonically. Let’s start with the overall silhouette of a dress.
Silhouette and Belt
A silhouette should be chosen strictly according to the type of figure:
“Hourglass” (voluminous bust and hips and thin waist): it is necessary to emphasize the waist, because exuding bust and hips worn in a dress with a straight silhouette will make the figure look square and too voluminous. Dresses “on the figure”, “Pencil dresses”, wrap dresses and other facilitating options will accentuate the femininity of this type of figure.
The waist of the dress can be overestimated (empire style), however you should remember that dresses with high waist have both pros and cons:
+ lengthen legs;
+ increase height;
+/- enlarge bust;
– enlarge hips volume;
– enlarge belly (give the effect of pregnancy).
Straight type of figure (shoulders, waist and hips are visually identical on volume, no feminine curves): it’s necessary to create female forms artificially, that’s why the styles of dresses, which will suit the “hourglasses”, will help in this case, too. All the dresses, where the waist is emphasized and the volume is added on bust and hips – it is your variant! Wrap dresses, dresses in a romantic style with frills and waves, dresses “baby-doll” (for slim girls) and so on, will help you to become more feminine and more “appetizing”.
If you don’t have a desire to correct your figure, slim girls can choose dresses with the straight silhouette for themselves.
For less slim ones wrap dresses will become an ideal option: the waist is emphasized, the diagonal stripes of the wrap will make a right silhouette, and a triangular cutout will lengthen the face and will make the décolleté more elegant.
In any case, the main rule: the dress must repeat the silhouette of hourglass or letter “X”
“Triangle” (narrow shoulders, wide hips): create the balance, choosing a dress with the style of “inverted triangle”, which means wide shoulders, voluminous, emphasized bust and narrow discreet bottom.
The most suitable dresses are in the style of 80-s and 90-s, when sharp shoulders, voluminous sleeves, pollsters and tight mini were in fashion.
“Inverted triangle” (wide shoulder, tight hips): use the same combination of opposites – choose the dresses with the “triangle” silhouette – tight top (preferably without sleeves) and lush bottom, with waist and without it. Dresses in the style of 50-s and 60-s will greatly suit you.
The choice of dress length should be dictated not only with accordance to a case or event, but also with the feature of the woman who wear it. The evening and wedding dress shouldn’t always be to the floor, and the office sheath dress not always must cover laps.
Choosing the length of dress you should pay attention to:
length, thickness and shape of legs.
Girls with short height should choose the dresses which are above the knee. It’s not necessarily a mini, but the knees should stay opened. Then all the silhouette like rises up.
In separate cases straight and not overwrought dresses to the floor will look good. They also visually enlarge the height, but nevertheless the silhouette will become heavier and stockier.
Dresses below the knee, like till the middle of the shin, are absolutely contraindicated to short girls, as well as dresses to floor with lush skirts. The first “cut” legs and shorten them, the second ones – dramatically reduce the height due to big length and “exaggerated” width.
It’s more simple to choose a dress for tall girls, almost any length will suit them, except super-short mini, which can look disproportionately on them (though this is the matter of taste already).
Don’t forget about the length and shape of legs.
If the legs won’t be hurt by the extra length, you should choose the dresses without waist or with the overestimated waist, straight dresses to the floor with a high vertical cutout and other elaborate tricks.
If the shape or thickness of the legs don’t seem to be worthy of public attention and a small height doesn’t allow to “hide” them under a long skirt, then you should choose bright and splashy dresses with lush bottom – they will divert the attention from your legs, and a lush skirt will visually make the legs thinner. Avoid fitting, monotone dresses.
Accents and fasteners
The main rule: the accent on a dress must perform one of two functions: either capture the attention to the most attractive part of the figure, or divert from the most unattractive one.
Never mix these tasks and always carefully analyze the purchased outfit!
Full hips shouldn’t be “decorated” with a bow, and a short neck – with a collar with stones.
If you are in doubt, you should choose dresses without accents and complete the look with interesting accessories (wisely, too).
It’s impossible to choose suitable dress without identifying your color type and understanding which colors suit you.
If don’t go deep into the theory, you should know and identify the following:
Knowing the color type is important, mainly for the clothe which is close to the face, therefore, you should pay attention to the color of the top or even simply of the dress collar.
It’s necessary to identify if your face has warm or cold shade. In other words, if your skin is more yellowish, pink, pale blue or solar-peach, if the tan is hazy gray, red or golden-bronze? It’s rather simple to see it without special professional skills. If in doubt, follow the popular advice: attach to the face a fabric of warm and cold shades. Your skin will make it clear, which of them beautify it, and which one make it unhealthily pale or stale yellow.
Cold shades are for cold type of skin.
Warm ones – for the warm type.
Color type may change depending on the presence or absence of the tan. There are a lot of women with cold shade of skin, which sunbathing gains a warm shade. For such women clothes of cold shades will suit in winter, and ones of warm shades – in summer.
You shouldn’t forget about the level of contrast. For creating a harmonious image the contrast level of clothes colors should be approximately equal to the contrast level of the face. Fortunately, a woman can change her contrast with a help of makeup. The main thing is to not forget to make up brighter putting on a bright or sparkling dress.
A dress with an active, multi-colored pattern will always make you wider then monochromatic one will do.
Speaking about the material we return to the talk about the figure. A material can either accentuate strengths or spoil the look, enlarging volumes, opening for everyone see the thing which should be hidden, accenting not the most attractive part of the figure.
If your figure is not perfect, you should avoid:
thin and starchy fabrics – they don’t keep the shape and make all the figure flaws visible;
sparkling fabrics – they visually enlarge volumes and attract attention;
thick and “fluffy” fabrics – velvet, suede, fur materials.
For heavy girls it’s recommended to wear sheath dresses and dress-jacket made of thick costume fabric. They keep the shape, correct the silhouette and slim.
The usage of lace on the dress should be proved. Lace can refer to vintage or underwear. You should feel this edge right and think, how well the chosen lace suit the case and your style.
The other very demanding fabric is leather. Leather dresses immediately contain a touch of aggression and masculinity. You can meet the leather dresses in the styles of military, rock, gothic, ethnic and safari. All of them are not related to femininity. So, choosing a leather dress, decide if it will suit your character.
In a conclusion
As you may see, the choice of a dress shouldn’t only obey the position “I Like it!”, and also should be based on the strong understanding of what will suit you and which goals you are going to reach putting on a specific dress.
Fortunately, supply of different styles and colors is endless, and you should only make a right choice!