June 14, 2016
Whether you love it or hate it, we can all agree that bodycon dresses have the ability to look more ~fancy~ than the others. But let’s face it – not everybody can pull off this body-hugging dress that not only shows all the lumps you wish to bury, but grossly accentuates them even more. Before you furiously squeeze into a dress you don’t even like, we’re here to break it to you: tight-fitting dresses do not have to be a necessity. You can always look extra dressy even if you’re not wearing something you’d be uncomfortable in for the rest of the night, and here’s how.
1. Slip dresses
Tight-fitting dresses are not the only sultry dresses around. Don’t be easily fooled by this seemingly boring and shapeless number; the thin straps, slinky material and slimming silhouette makes this an ultimate go-to piece whether you’re heading for dinner or just a casual day out. Match them with a long line cardigan or an oversized coat for a polished look.
2. Maxi dresses
A maxi dress always makes a statement; regardless of its design or cutting. Whether you like it printed or not, a maxi is always a complete look you don’t even have to try too hard for. We especially love how breezy sandals are just what we need to make an effortless co-ordinate (perfect for the weather here, really), or a pair of heels for more formal occasions.
Look instantly ready for anything with a nifty jumpsuit that will bring out your curves – but not in an in-your-face manner like a bodycon does. A jumpsuit essentially features a high waisted cut that gives the illusion of a slimmer figure and longer legs. If you have a petite frame, you might want to skip the overwhelming jumpsuit (unless they have it in a petite cut) and opt for a playsuit instead. Here’s your chance to explore various other playsuit styles for dressier options. Think waist sashes, collars or even a plunging neckline.
4. Details are important
And finally, our favourite hack when it comes to pulling off shapeless dresses – the details. Bear this in mind on your next shopping trip: whether it’s an off shoulder cut, puffed sleeves or a sleek button down design, it matters. Similarly, don’t underestimate the difference the right neckline can make. Be sure to find a suitable cut for your figure (everybody’s shaped differently!) and you won’t risk looking like the dress has swallowed you whole. A great tip: if you have well-defined collarbones, flaunt it.