It’s approaching summer, which for many of us means it’s wedding season! And, what better occasion than a wedding to don a dress? Given our more casual daily lives (I’m as guilty as the next – notice all the posts on t-shirts and lounge pants?!), it’s nice to step-it-up notch and wear something special to celebrate such a significant occasion.
I have 3 family weddings in the coming months. Therefore, wedding preparation has inspired me to create a 3-part series dedicated to shopping for and styling a dress based both on body-type and wedding venue. Stay-tuned, more to come in the coming weeks. This first post; however, will focus on selecting the best dress shape for your figure.
Because I am focused on wedding-worthy frocks, you will see no black or white dresses in my selections. That being said, depending on the event, a black or a white dress can be perfectly appropriate wedding attire. Black can look great for an evening wedding or a more formal affair. White can still be tricky. While I’m definitely not one to adhere to “fashion rules”, I would generally stay away from white unless specifically stated in the invitation (a black & white event, for example) or you know the bride well (and she thinks it’s ok). Wearing white can still be considered rude and the last thing you want to do at a wedding is anger the bride!
Sheath: The sheath is a classic shape that can be universally flattering. In particular, a sheath dress can compliment a straight figure, as it hugs the body with well-placed darts or seaming to enhance curves. Likewise, a sheath in a structured material with strategic tailoring can be absolutely stunning on a curvy figure. And, a strapless version would look excellent on those with a larger bust – just be sure you have appropriate undergarments for care-free grooving on the dance floor!
Shift: Characterized by it’s loose shape, the shift dress can be perfect for those with a straight figure or an athletic build. Although the dress is meant to be roomy, be careful of the volume and show off some skin (shoulders, legs, or both). A curvy shape can get lost and appear bigger (especially if you have a large bust), while a petite frame can be overwhelmed by the material. Unless you are tall, I would generally do a mini version rather than a longer dress.
Fit & Flare: An ideal cut for a curvy figure, the fit & flare style flaunts your assets by accentuating your curves while whittling the waist. Meanwhile the skirt glides away from the body, disguising hips. But pay particular attention to the neckline. For example, if you should have a larger chest – a v-neck or strapless dress will be the most complimentary.
Maxi: The maxi dress is perfect for showing off shoulders, while still disguising your lower half (and remaining comfortable). A maxi can work for any body type, just be mindful of proportions…especially if you are petite. Choose a strapless version, a slim tank or small straps on the top; showing some skin while the skirt gracefully falls to the ground.
Let me know your favorite – I welcome your feedback. And please stay tuned…next week I will be styling several outfits based on different wedding venues. Thanks for reading!