Does your weight fluctuate, but your budget remain at a standstill? When it comes to investing in a new dress – and navigating sizes – there are 4 key dress styles that will suit you no matter what the number on the label!
No two sizes are the same. Often you will shop one store to the next with varying fits from frock to frock. This is because there is no Australian standard for women’s clothing sizes, so designers tend to run their measurements on vague guidelines, including such things as sales history, their target customer and marketing focus.
This may be okay for the designing process on the cutting room floor, but when clothing is hanging on the rack, it can mean confusion – and a dip in confidence – for consumers. One shop may tell you a size 10 dress is for you, whilst another allows you only to squeeze into a 14.
Until there are some sizing regulations standardized, it really takes a little guesswork when it comes to shopping for dresses. But if you’re smart about it, the number on the label will mean little when it comes to what really suits you.
Here are four dresses that can span the divide between petite and fuller frames.
1. THE MAXI DRESS
Thank heavens for the maxi dress. It is not only comfortable, but also incredibly flattering on all body shapes. Don’t feel you have to regale your floatie summer frock to the back of the wardrobe during winter. Layer it over a snug, light turtleneck with a denim or leather jacket over the top. Complete the look with some ankle boots for a feminine and fierce look.
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2. THE WIGGLE DRESS
Made for dangerous curves, the wiggle dress cinches in in all the right places. Draw focus to your waist if you are curvy with this ladylike style that works for evening and event dressing. Ensure the hem falls just below the knee to show off the most flattering part of the leg and pair back with a mid-height heel to make legs appear longer. Forgo heavy coats and pair this back with a cardigan to complete the look.
3. THE T-SHIRT DRESS
What is not to love about the T-Shirt dress? An absolute essential for any women’s wardrobe, this super casual silhouette can easily be dressed up with a blazer jacket and chunky jewellery, or down thrown over some slim-fitting jeans and trainers, with a winter coat over the top.
4. THE STRAPLESS DRESS
For black tie and red carpet, a strapless dress is a fail-safe option for all. Accentuating the shoulders and cleavage – in a modest fashion – draws attention away from a fuller lower half of the body. Be sure to create a sexy sheen with so much skin showing by using a body bronzer that blends with your makeup. And invest in a good underwire bra to ensure the Va Va Voom factor doesn’t go unnoticed!
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