It is by far the oldest piece of woman’s clothing in the history of humanity. Worn in the ancient times, it has been neglected in the last few decades in favor of a comfortable combination of a blouse and skirt. However, it can be observed that the dress is returning to grace. A modern woman is no longer afraid of her femininity and instead she embraces it and transforms it in her way. A dress can take countless forms and shapes, it can be designed in thousands of styles and still leave room for the designer to come up with new ideas. A dress is perfect for any occasion and any woman, and the only thing to remember is to choose the right one for each woman. After all, no two women are ever the same.
No other type of garment is appropriate for all possible occasions. A dress is suitable for work and leisure, weddings and funerals, lunch with a friend and dinner with the family. A dress can clothe a woman in such a way that she looks more slender or a bit more full-figured, depending on the goal she wants to achieve.
When choosing the right dress, there are plenty of things that should be taken into consideration. One of them is color-coding. Which color is appropriate for a particular occasion and why, and what length should the dress be? Another thing is the style or the silhouette which can either flatter the body shape or make it look worse. So what are the principles of choosing the right design?
Women with a body shape of an hourglass can easily find themselves wearing a belted dress which accentuates their waist. In such a dress it doesn’t matter if her arms or hips are wide, as the belt balances the whole silhouette. The length of the dress can be just below the knee, tea or floor.
Women who enjoy the body shape of an apple should mostly go for high-waisted dresses and skirts as this design helps to hide their tummy. It is also the most comfortable to wear for those who are soon going to be mothers and want to enjoy the comfort of wear above all else. The times when full-figured women had to wear shapeless clothes that did nothing for the body to look better are long gone and today designers strive to satisfy the broader market of fashionistas.
Petite women can find themselves in a bit of trouble because it is presumed that a dress will only make them look shorter. On the contrary, a well-chosen dress can help them appear taller and toned. For this reason, they should try to avoid bold patterns and too many variations in color. Therefore, if a red dress is chosen, this color should be the main theme in the entire outfit. In this case, less is more and placing too much focus on extravagance can only work to their disadvantage.
One of the things that are taken into account with regards to choosing a perfect dress is its appropriateness. Is it appropriate for this particular venue and how to ensure that it’s not ‘too much’? How to combine a dress with accessories, so it accentuates the high points instead of the flaws? How not to offend the people we meet at a venue to which we are going? Appropriateness can often play a key role in determining the success in a woman’s venture (business or personal).
One of the factors that should be considered is the length of the dress. It is imperative to get it right before stepping out of the house because it often determines whether the woman wearing the dress makes a faux pas and whether she is fashion conscious. For daytime and cocktail gatherings, just below the knee or the tea length (otherwise known as midi) is always appropriate. Whether it is a dress or trousers, skirt or jumpsuit, this length helps hide specific flaws of the body; however, women on the shorter side should avoid wearing flat shoes with it. It will make the entire look more massive than it is, whereas the heels will prolong the silhouette.
When it comes to sleeves, for events taking place before 6 pm (teatime, cocktail), short sleeves are often preferred. It does not, however, limit the options for a woman wearing a cocktail dress, as there is so much to choose from. To make the dress stand out, designers often add puffs and flutes which can serve as an accessory in itself. If a woman is not a big fan of wearing jewelry, she can go for a dress with artificial or genuine gems and pearls sown into the corset or sleeves.
A formal dress, often worn to evening venues, such as banquets and balls, requires adhering to specific rules. Also known as black tie formal, it is defined by the ankle or floor length. It is essential to get the look right because it is most often chosen for charity events and galas. Formal dresses are usually one color; however, a small addition of another shade is permitted. With regards to the sleeves, they can be short, elbow or long. If the style of the dress is bold, then softer jewelry should be chosen, and the other way around. Even though it is a formal gathering that requires a particular dress code, the trick is not to go too far and keep it on the tasteful side.