Let’s face it, none of us just walk into a closet and choose the outfit that’s closest to reach. But here to simplify the task of going through your entire collection is the time-saving guide to match your body type and your moment with a zinger of a dress!
The slip dress is a manifestation of minimalist appeal. A classic slip dress usually is of one tone with spaghetti straps and midi length. It typically comes in satin material and is one of the 90s’ favourite reappearance. The most popular colours are black, silver, yellow, olive green, blush, and beige. A satin slip dress is perfect evening wear. If you are worried about it being too revealing you can team it with a blazer or a plain white T-shirt.
Most appeared in the catwalks of the season – Dior, Alberta Ferretti, Valentino, Erdem, and Michael Kors- this romantic trend comes in many variations from draped, baby doll, backless, and sheer. And because they are in tune with seasonal trends, these floor-sweeping dresses are the perfect Valentine’s date allies.
If you are leaning more towards a casual style opt for button-down shirt dresses. Oversize button-down tops and dresses are the summer’s basic everyone needs in their closets. There are so many amazing ways to style the piece. Styled underneath a sweater vest and belted at the waist, choose bright colours and billowing silhouettes for extra drama and a romantic appeal.
Spare your little black dress this Friday night! Designers showed a predilection for black and white – most often, together and made a case for monochrome cocktail dresses this season. Chequered, colour-blocked, stripes – black and white dresses are perfect elegant evening wear that would work for most occasions from formal meetings to dinner dates.
The off-shoulder floral
When it comes to floral, keeping it flirty is key after light and breezy. Sleeved florals spell formal so keep it chilled with off shoulder or cold shoulder dresses.
Swap the strappy sandals for ankle length boots for a more chic look. You can even try net stockings to give the floral a sexier look. A dark cardigan or shrug will be the best match if you like a little closure to the whole outfit.
- A matching crunchie for the hair
- Floral is mostly worn outdoors so if that’s where you are going, opt for tote bags or satchels if you don’t have much to carry.
- Nix neck accessories and if jewellery is a must have, opt for a charm bracelet.
The pencil cocktail
Suave, sexy and simply superb the pencil can be worn by women of all shapes and sizes alike.
Pair with a blazer for a more corporate look. Strap on some sandals, preferably with kitten heels or bows tie ankle.
- A thick bangle
- Hoops or long-drop earrings should substitute studs.
- Jeweled clutches are a must have.
- A long thin necklace will really compliment your neckline.
How to choose the right dress for your figure!
If you have a slender elongated upper-body with a smaller bust and hips, and thighs larger than the upper-body, then an empire waistline or a dress with an A-line cut would compliment your figure the best. You can also choose cocktail dresses that come with padded shoulders so that they de-emphasize your lower half and gives a proportionate structure.
Petite and slender all the way? Look for dresses that are layered. Since knee-length ruffle ballerinas are back, it would be the perfect match for a V-neck blouse or a wrap shirt top. Or are you slightly on the athletic side? A cocktail dress with a ruffled top, collars, and embellishments around the chest will create volume around this area. You can also go for a peplum dress that would give you a curvaceous figure.
Hour Glass Figure
Narrow waist with curvy/large chest and hips? Firstly, embrace those curves!! Secondly, you would never go wrong with tight-fitted dresses, strapless or off-the-shoulder. You can choose monotone colours and get flashy with accessories. A-line would also be perfect for an hour-glass figure. But you need to keep away from anything that flair from the waist. It’s also important to be cautious about your dress length. Choose the right length that stops at thinner parts of your legs, if not, the dress might make you look shorter.
Wear those curves with confidence. Go for cocktail dresses that have V-shaped necklines and empire waistlines. And don’t forget to bling out with eye-catching jewellery. Long earrings, bold rings, and chokers will look fabulous on you. And to say the least, don’t forget your heels.
Inverted Pyramid Figure
If you have broad shoulders with a narrow waistline, asymmetrical hemlines would be your best bet. Dresses with more detailing below the waist are ideal; the flair bottom with a minimalistic shade on top will nicely highlight your waistline and accentuate your figure.
Everything said, no matter how killer your dress is, it’s your attitude that reflects your style the best. So whatever you chose to wear, wear it with a pleasant smile and a stride of confidence. Let’s give Cupid some busy work this Valentine’s!