Friday, March 2, 2012

The Perfect LBD for Your Body...

Little Black Dress. 
Every stylish woman should own one. Even if you have nothing to wear it to, someday, out of the blue, you will wish you had invested...


The double with the LBD is that there are endless styles, but the real question is- Which Works Best on Your Body Type?

I typically hate these classifications, but let's be honest, they work...



Let's start with Apple Shape:
(Round & Full in the Middle)
The perfect style for your shape, is a Shift Dress or Empire Waist Dress if you're in between. A shift dress is intended to draw attention away from your midsection, while keeping the flow of the dress equally dispersed. This body type is often the most difficult to fit, but women with an Apple Shape, often have the most beautiful necklines. Draw attention to your neck (not waist) with pattern towards the top. If you try an Empire Waist, keep the waist high (appears smaller). Try these styles:

1. Shift Dress with Lace Embellishment along Neckline
Intended For: Apple Shape + Conservative
Features it Plays Up: Arms 
Features it Plays Down: Chest, Tummy, Thighs, Booty

2. Empire Waist Dress with a Bare Neckline
Intended For: In between Apple & Pear + less conservative
Features it Plays Up: Chest & Arms
Features it Plays Down: Tummy, Hips, Thighs


3. Shift Dress with Lace Embellishment 1/2 Sleeve
Intended For: Apple Shape
Features it Plays Up: Neckline
Features it Plays Down: Arms, Tummy


Let's Move into Pear Shape:
(Fuller in the hips & booty, smaller on top)
The perfect style of dress for your body type is A-Line. An A-Line dress will draw attention to your tiny waist & distract the eyes away from your plentiful derrière. The idea is to draw the eyes upwards, as opposed to downwards. Try these styles:

1. One Shoulder A-Line
Intended For: Pear Shape + Sex Appeal
Features it Plays Up: Shoulders, Chest, Arms, Waist
Features it Plays Down: Hips, Thighs, Booty



2. Sheer Top A-Line Tea Dress
Intended For: Pear Shape 
Features it Plays Up: Waist, Arms
Features it Plays Down: Hips, Thighs, Booty



3. Pleated A-Line
Intended For: Pear Shape + Conservative
Features it Plays Up: Arms, Neckline
Features it Plays Down: Tummy, Hips, Thighs




Moving On To Hour Glass Shape:
(Curvy- Busty on Top, Tiny Waist, Curvy on Bottom)
The perfect style dresses for an hour glass body shape are often wrap dresses or bandage dresses. This body shape often works best with a more fitted style dress to make sure that both curvy sections are equally proportionate. Try these styles:

1. Simple Bandage Dress
Intended For: Hour Glass
Features it Plays Up: Waist, Arms, Neckline, Legs
Features it Plays Down: Chest



2. V Neck Bandage with Sleeves
Intended For: Hour Glass
Features it Plays Up: Chest, Waist, Legs
Features it Plays Down: Arms



3. Strapy Bandage Dress
Intended For: Hour Glass + Sex Appeal
Features it Plays Up: Neckline, Arms, Chest, Waist, Legs
Features it Plays Down: None.




Lastly, a Rectangle Shape:
(Little definition between bust, waist, & hips)
There are actually quite a few dress styles that work for this body shape as long as you define the waist & play up your best features. Use belts, cinching, or drapery around the midsection to 'fake' curves! Try these styles:

1. Deep V Neck Wrap Dress with Belt
Intended For: Rectangle Shape
Features it Plays Up: Neckline, Chest, Legs
Features it Plays Down: Hips, Booty, Arms




2. Boat Neckline with High Waisted Belted Bow
Intended For: Rectangle Shape + Conservative
Features it Plays Up: Arms, Legs
Features it Plays Down: Chest, Hips, Tummy



3. One Shoulder Draped Dress
Intended For: Rectangle Shape
Features it Plays Up: Chest, Arms, Booty
Features it Plays Down: Hips




Play around with these different styles for your own body shape. Very rarely are women defined to specifically that body shape, but the best part is, YOU know what are your best assets & what are not. Work with those & you cannot go wrong :)

2 comments:

  1. Where did these dresses come from?? There are several I would like to purchase.

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