Posted by Kayleigh on 9th Sep 2021
We can't quite believe that it's time for occasions again, but we're not complaining, we'll take any chance we can get to get all dressed up! But we know just how difficult it can be to find the perfect dress for these occasions at a normal time, never mind when it's our first occasion in over a year! But surefire way of making an impression is to dress to suit your body shape!
If you have an inverted triangle shape, similar to Angelina Jolie or Renee Zellweger, you may have wider shoulders with little waist definition. Your hips or bum area can often look straight or flat when compared to your shoulders. But similar to an apple shape, you will have great legs!
Your main aim here is to add curves to the hips and bottom, create a defined waist, and de-emphasise the upper body.
When it comes to your neckline, you can use this to play down your shoulders, rather than emphasising them. A narrow and long neckline, such the V Neck in the below dress, will do a great job of this by reducing the width and elongate the body, while an asymmetric neckline, like a one shoulder style will break up the chest vertically, and a halterneck will elongate the body if you have a smaller bust.
When choosing a sleeve style, it’s better to go for a fitted sleeve that will avoid too much extra weight on the shoulders, similar to the simple sleeves in this dress, while cut-outs will make the shoulder seem slimmer. When wearing long sleeves it’s always a good idea to go for a style that’s flared at the bottom, to add volume to the hips
It’s super easy to use the skirt of your dress to add volume to your hips with either a fuller skirt or one that will flare from your waist to create the illusion of curves, as opposed to fitted skirts that will usually pull the hips in, where the body can look unbalanced. You can also use details such as pleats that will add volume as well as interest in the bottom half of the body, such as the pleats at the bottom of this dress.
Bright colours and patterns will also do a great job of this, and will draw the eye towards the bottom of the body (and show off those amazing legs) and away from the top of the body. Another great way of doing this would be using details in the lower part of the body, such as a fill hemline, like this wrap dress from AX Paris.
One of our favourite hacks for adding definition to the waist would be by using a belted style. This can change the style of any dress, and will really visually pull the waist in to create that hourglass figure, just like this dress from Ivy Lane!
Not a dress gal? Don’t worry, jumpsuits just so happen to be your best friend, with the wider shoulders helping the material fall really nicely over your body! Again, a belted style here will add definition to your waist. It’s important here to still balance out the shoulders with a wider leg that will add volume to the bottom of the body as well as drawing the eye downwards and away from the shoulders, similar to this jumpsuit from AX Paris!