Dressing to Impress: It’s More Important Than We Like to Admit

Even though the old adage advises us to never judge a book by its cover, there is something to be said about putting your best foot forward and presenting yourself in a way that is not only flattering but well-kempt. Independent of cliches, people will make some judgments based on your outward appearance. That being said, you want to be sure when you attend the swanky event at the venue you always wanted to go to that you know how to dress for your body type in a way that best flatters your figure.

In order to dress to impress, you need to first figure out what your physical assets are and how to accentuate them. If you have legs that you want to draw attention to, the best thing to wear is a shorter dress or skirt. Of course, the shoes are important too; make sure you choose something flesh-toned to give the illusion of legs that just keep going and going. 

If you are looking to highlight your curves, you want to wear something that either tapers at the waist or that you can cinch with a belt. By emphasizing your waist, you are not only accentuating your curves but emphasizing an hourglass shape. Plus size off the shoulder tops don’t just flaunt your femininity, but by wearing the correct style of the skin revealing shirt, you can highlight your positive features and downplay any physical flaws. Necklines are very important when considering what you are trying to accent and what you want to draw others’ eyes away from. For example, if you are looking for an off the shoulder top that has a slimming effect, you want to stick with an asymmetrical neckline or something that is diagonal. Sticking with a rounded neckline versus a horizontal one will give you the look that you are going for. 

Know your venue! If your event is less casual and requires you to wear a dress, choose one that reveals what you want, where you want. If you are a full-figured lady and feel sexy in a dress that bares your shoulders, opt for A-line shaped garb. Not only will it make you feel like the belle of the ball, but the shape of the dress will flatter your curves.  Another style that is effective for lending to your hourglass shape is a wrap-around blouse or dress. It cinches your waist where you can camouflage a troublesome tummy area and it flows freely at your hips offering you the classic look of fluid femininity.

If you weren’t blessed with the easily flattered pear-shaped figure, don’t fret; an apple shape can be equally aesthetically appealing with an empire-waisted dress. An empire-waisted dress is form-fitting in your bust area and then gently flows freely to draw attention to your bust while distracting the eye from your midsection. Look for dresses that are made from fabric that is equally forgiving such as a mesh or chiffon. You can balance out the look by choosing a dress that has soft and delicate shoulders which draws attention to your face.

Dressing for the perfect night out is attainable provided you know how to dress for your shape. The fact that you are short or tall, slender or curvy is inconsequential provided you know how to choose the right clothes that flatter the figure you have. You’ll find once you know how to dress for the shape you have versus the shape you wish you had, your confidence will blossom. What’s more important is that when you look good, you feel good!

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