Clearly prom dress designers will choose the prettiest and most svelte models to don their latest fashions. No matter how drawn you are to a dress, based on a catalogue or web page image, take a beat. Unless you’re 34-24-34 (per the British AMA – Association of Model Agents), are between 5’9 and 5’11 tall, and weigh between 115 lbs and 130 lbs (and you know most models are on the lower end), any gown you choose will not look quite the same on you as it does in the original photo that drew you to the dress. A traditional model’s figure will be very tall and very slim. Your body type, your figure, is critical in how a dress looks on you.
To get an idea of what styles of dresses you actually like, take a look at what is available. Peruse an elegant boutique such as the Prom Dress in Chicago, IL.
Today’s Proper Prom Dress
The evolution of the prom dress – not to mention prom itself – is fascinating. Prom dresses have always reflected an upgraded version of the styles of the time. Check out the evolution of the prom gown.
Now that you’ve had a glimpse into prom dresses of the past, the next step is to select a prom dress that’s just right for you. You wouldn’t be alone if you’re poring through magazines and cutting out (or saving screens on your smartphone) red-carpet looks for Katy Perry or Kendall or Kylie or Arianna. But let the look of celebrities merely inform you of what you like and what’s on trend. One of the most important things to remember when you’re looking for a prom dress is (wait for it)…a proper fit.
Fashion Times conducted a study which confirmed “clothes that fit well do make you look better.” And, if you’re used to buying off the rack or from the clearance section, you might not be so picky about how you look. In fact, you may feel that if you’re not embarrassed by your choice, you’ll be fine. However, a cursory look at yourself in the mirror – with the form and style you see on a daily basis – may belie that you actually could be far better turned out than you imagined. This means, you may be accustomed to seeing yourself in looser (dare we say ill-) fitted clothing. When things are made for you (or are your actual, “true” size) you will be surprised at how well you can look.
- Flatter Yourself
Here are some quick tips for best silhouettes for body types:
Do you have slender legs, but are fuller in the middle? Then you’re an APPLE. Apples look best in swing dresses, as well as empire waists.
Are you traditionally curvy, like an hourglass? Choose a dress with a waist band or belt, emphasizing the smallest area of your form (by the same token, for Apples, the smallest part of the body is just under the breasts).
3. Sporty Spice
Do you have an athletic build that is slim, but without many curves? You have the option to choose dresses that feature ruffles, ruching and draping to give the illusions of those missing curves.
Are you small on top, and wider at the base? Then you’re a triangle and a skater-style or fit-and-flare dress is perfect for you.
5. Inverted Triangle
Even if you don’t lift, you might have broad shoulders and are generally wider above the waist than below. Look for dresses with slight flares. The traditional A-line gown will suit.
By figuring out your figure, you can easily choose a dress that will look great on you. Take note of the points we’ve discuss. If you also have some tips to share to our valued readers, you may add it in the comments below.
Article by Katrina Fernandez, A contributor of www.fashionstylemogul.com
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