Each human being is blessed with a unique body. The height, weight, skin color, appearance are different. A dress looks very nice on someone. But it may not look so impressive on another person. This is because of the body shape. The female body has been researched and described as pear shape, apple shape, inverted triangle shape, etc. The dress may or may not suit a particular body shape.
Having understood this, dressing is all about enhancing your best features, while masking the other areas. This logic helps in understanding to shop only what is best suited for you. This saves time at the mall and saves a hole in the purse.
1. Body shape and proportions:
Understand the shape of your body, pear shape or apple shape. Or, is it top heavy i.e. inverted triangle shaped body. The proportion of your arms and legs. If this is not factored, the right dress will land on the wrong body.
2. Hour glass shape:
Aim at creating an hour glass look. That is the dream of every woman. Wear styles that do not enhance the features of your pear shape body. Prefer those that camouflages it. Like giving the shoulder a wider look.
3. Curvy v/s straight:
Fabrics have a different fall. Some flow smoothly with the natural line of the body. So for curvaceous body it is ideal to use softer clothes with more fluid fabrics. For straight body types, the fabric should be such that creates illusion of shape.
4. Highlight the best features:
The dress should highlight the best features. The skirt can flaunt your perfect legs. For slim waist, accentuate it by wearing a thin belt. This will also enhance the bust line. Bright colors will draw the attention to the positive features.
5. Cover up:
The attention must be diverted from the not-so-perfect areas. Like camouflaging middle flab or heavy bust line or derrier.
Fabric is at the core of all fashion. Is it soft and fluid? Or does it cling to the body like crepe and highlights excess flab at the wrong places? Some fabrics have stretch properties. This does not go well on heavy body lines. Kolkata sarees are starched and look good on well-proportioned body. Kanjeevaram silk are heavy but has fluid properties and snugs to the body.
There are various types like floral, geometrical and abstract. In floral there are large flowers and leaves. For a short person with a normal frame, small print allover suits best. Large designs are best for tall women wherein the design is visible fully.
Should not appear at the widest part of the body. In the process it highlights the flab.
9. Perfect fit:
The fit must be perfect and not too tight or ill-fitting. If correct size is not available, it is advisable to get it stitched or altered by a tailor.
For thin fabrics ensure proper inner lining is used. It should be of the correct shade. Depending on the fabric it should be of cotton or satin.
Many factors go into defining what a perfect dress is depending on the body type is. There are so many types of dresses and equal or more types of fabrics and prints to choose from.