When it’s hot, summertime hot, one of the coolest wardrobe choices is a lightweight dress. The stand-alone comfort of a great dress will take you many places with ease. There will be no fussing with layers or searching for the right top. Simply add jewelry and shoes to match the occasion.
Before slipping into a dress that has hanger appeal, keep your individual style in mind by interpreting trends for your body type. Today, we have gone shopping for summer dresses that complement women’s different shapes and sizes. Consider this range of choices, selected for your dressing room by the sales associates at Ella and Isabella.
Shapely and Petite
A petite frame can handle this skirt that is a bit fuller and shorter. The color and pattern of this dress by Parker is fun but not too bold or overbearing for a smaller person. This style wiill be particularly flattering on a petite woman with an hourglass figure.
A solid color and a capped sleeve, as seen with this dress by Tibi, are two good choices for the petite woman.
Straight and Columnar
A straighter body shape calls for a dress that creates the illusion of curves. Spaghetti straps accentuate the feminine decollete. The high-low hemline, ruffles and abstract pattern of this second dress from Parker add shape to a more columner-shaped figure.
This dress by Milly demonstrates, again, that a bold abstract pattern and uneven hemline (with ties to adjust length) create movement and add shape to the straighter body type. An open neckline is light, soft and feminine.
A one-shoulder dress adds movement and direction to a columnar figure. This abtract pattern is also drawing the eye in several directions, adding an in-and-out illusion to the straighter shaped body.
At first glance, this Beth Bowley dress appears simple and streamlined, but the floral pattern adds drama and movement. This one is going to look best on someone with a straighter figure who needs the illusion of curves created by a bold pattern.
Curvy in the Hip Area
A woman who is curvy in the hip area should avoid a dress that is too full, too tight or too short. This Trina Turk selection avoids all of these extremes and draws attention upward with straps that are cut in to emphasize shoulders and legthen arms.
Curvy in the Hip and Bust
If you are curvy in the hip and bust areas, this PJK dress will flatter your shape. Spaghetti straps and silk are seasonally lightweight and feminine, while a red belt-like insert and graphic use of pattern accentuate the waistline.
Curvy or Straight
This maxi dress is going to suit many shapes, including the curvy/busty body type. Everything about this dress is flattering and elongating to all but the petite shape, whose smaller frame could be overpowered by the width and boldness of this abstract pattern.
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