What are the different
Different Types of Formal and Day
Work out what the different dress lines are, which will suit
your body shape and how you can wear them.
Thanks to Isabelle of Bohemian Musings for this gorgeous
picture. She is the queen of the dress in the fashion blog
world. She wears a dress in many of her posts, and always
knows how to style herself simply yet fashionably.
This particular combination suits her body shape and shows
off her great sense of style. Although there are loads of
accessories in her look, it works because they all blend
together, and none of the colors are too strong. A belt,
sunglasses, waistcoat, boots, tights, bags and bangles:
Dress Lines Explained
Shift - This is a knee length dress
with a slash neckline and no sleeves. It is a classic suit
dress that is great for work.
Princess / A-line - This line has a
fitted bodice, with a flared skirt that come out from
underneath the bodice. It is a perfect prom style, that is
brilliant for balls or formal parties.
Sheath - This is brilliant for tall
women, and those with a toned figure. It wraps snuggly around
the body, and is usually strapless.
Wrap - The dress shape that will suit
every figure. Wrap dresses crossover at your bust, then tie at
the back. Fantastic for those with a bigger chest, or a larger
Mini - Obviously the shortest dress
line, mini dresses became popular in the 60s, and didn't stop
rising in popularity. Mini dresses are a great way to show off
your beautiful legs, but keep it looking expensive by choosing
a higher neckline version.
Tea-length - This dress line is hemmed
just underneath your knees. Its a very 50s style, that is
elegant and sexy, and perfect for loads of different
Bouffant - These are big skirted
styles, what some people might call the 'meringue'. The
puffball is its little sister, and is currently experiencing a
rebirth in fashion circles.
Empire - This style flares from
directly under the bust. It's a style very commonly known as
the Jane Austen period look, otherwise known as Regency dress.
It might have delicate capped sleeves, or it might be
strapless, it could be halter or any other neckline.
Choosing the Right Dress Line for
It's all part of creating your own clothing style, and
you need to decide what sort of dress lines you prefer.
Go and try on a lot of different dress styles, and
check them out in different stores, as each store has its own
Don't neglect color, shape or style!
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♥ What is a princess dress line? - See above. It is
the same as an A-line dress, which has a fitted bodice, and
the skirt flares out from the waist.