I have hunted around and found three different styles of dresses, for each of the five different bodyshapes. To determine your bodyshape check out my Dress for your Shape page. Also, with party season approaching, and those of you that might be lucky enough to be invited to more formal parties, check out my Other Tricks page for a dressing guide for Casual/Formal and Cocktail/Black Tie functions.
The Five basic bodyshapes are, Pear, Inverted Triangle, Rectangle, Hourglass and Apple. You may fall into two categories of bodyshape, so consider the tips from both. YOU know which parts of your body you like the best, (we all have at least one!), and which parts you want to keep covered. Remember whatever you wear, you have to be confident in it, as that is all part of looking stylish.
PEAR - You want to minimize your lower half and focus attention upward.
- DON'T wear dresses that draw attention to hips and thighs.
- DO try a-line dresses.
- DO look for boat-neck, high-neck, cowl-neck or detailing on the neckline.
- DO wear strapless dresses to show off arms and even out proportions.
- DO opt for pointy-toed shoes to elongate your legs.
Witchery petal front maxi $149.90, Max Floral Flare dress $149.99, Ketz-ke Manifest dress $139.00.
- DO wear dresses that call attention to your waistline and distract from your wide shoulder-line.
- DO experiment with high-waisted styles.
- DO look for clothes that create the illusion of a waist.
- DON'T wear spaghetti-straps or boat necklines.
- DO show off your legs.
Witchery v-neck gather dress $149.90, DECJUBA Clara Maxi dress AU$159.95, Country Road Gathered waist dress $259.00.
- DO wear scoop and sweetheart necklines to create curves.
- DO wear dresses with ruffles and details on top to flatter your chest, or necklaces to add detail.
- DO wear a good bra that will make the most of what you have.
- DON'T wear overwhelming styles.
- DO layer to add more dimensions.
Just Jeans V Neck Contrast Stripe dress AU$59.95, Witchery Gather Crossover Maxi $169.90, The Iconic Fench Reviera Dress AU$119.95.
- DON'T hide your curves with shapeless dresses.
- DO wear fitted dresses.
- DO try wrap dresses.
- DO wear a good bra and showcase your bust.
- DO wear a belt at the waist to enhance your hourglass shape.
French Connection Knitted Flared Dress AU$132.97 (currently 30%off), Seed Heritage Printed Wrap Dress AU$139.95, Forever New Cora Printed Shirt Dress AU$129.99.
- DO go for monochromatic looks.
- DO go for v-neck dresses to create the illusion of a longer torso.
- DO wear a bra that offers good lift and support.
- DO wear belts at the smallest part of your waist.
- DO show off your legs and draw attention away from your midsection.
Country Road Chevron Maxi Dress $169.00, EZIBUY Sara Knit Maxi Dress $69.99, Witchery Blouson Sleeve dress $169.90.