Women with sturdier thighs and a pear-shaped body type can make use of a lot of tricks to let their silhouette appear more balanced. Direct the attention to your upper body, making use of colours, embroidery or accentuated shoulders. Floor-length plus size evening gowns are usually cut for a loose fit along hips and legs, making them the perfect choice for you. But there are also a lot of short dresses falling loosely around the thighs. Simply take to cuts that are flared from the waist down. If you are blessed with a slender waist, accentuate it. Slim belts and wrapped cuts are the ideal choice. If you have a fuller mid-section, opt for empire dresses. They do not just flatter your thighs, but also smooth over the tummy because they fall loosely from the bust down. On our blog, we reveal more tips on how to style strong thighs for other occasions.
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A not-so-well-kept stylist’s secret for wide hips: Wear dark and slimming colours from the waist down and accentuate your upper body with patterns and striking colours. An obvious don’t: Trying to conceal your hips with flared or too billowy evening dresses — this often makes your hips appear even wider. Choose an evening dress with a close, but not too snug fit that falls loosely down your hips and derrière. If you prefer to balance your wider hips with a defined upper body, look for ruffles, asymmetric necklines or one-shoulder dresses. These direct the attention to the upper body and bring balance to your silhouette.
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Short cocktail dresses suit you better than floor-length gowns, because short skirts give proportion to your silhouette and make your legs appear longer and leaner. If the invitation calls for maxi dresses, look for evening dresses in straight cuts and unicolour. High heels are the ideal choice to elongate your legs. If you prefer pairing tights with short dresses, we recommend picking tights in the same colour as your dress — a styling trick that easily makes your legs appear a few inches longer. Slim and plunging V-necks elongate your upper body and thereby your whole silhouette. Plus, they direct all the attention to your upper body and smartly distract from shorter legs. Empire evening dresses are especially suitable for you, because the higher waist gives the illusion of longer legs.
Your shoulders, hips and waist are all roughly the same width? This means you have a straight, boyish silhouette. When dressing your body type, avoid trying to create a slimmer waist. The only exception to that rule: Illusion dresses. These feature a combination of darker and lighter panels to create the optical illusion of an hourglass silhouette. Alternatively to these miracle workers, work your straight silhouette with matching straight cuts. Or simply move your waistline up with an empire dress. Curves can also be created at unexpected places; one-shoulder dresses are the perfect way to add a curvy element to your upper body.
Congratulations! Women everywhere envy your feminine curves. Be proud of your curves and always allow your slim waist to get the attention it deserves. Stick to wrap dresses , waist belts and bodycon cuts. Wrap dresses are a favourite for hourglass body types: The diagonal wrapped neckline perfectly frames your décolleté, underlines your narrow waist and smoothes over your curvy hips.
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If you are blessed with a larger chest, be proud of your assets and do not try to conceal them. Evening dresses that are cut to your figure or draped at the neckline fit your body type best, never pick designs that restrict or flatten your bust. Elegant dresses with a V-neck elongate your upper body and neck and create a feminine and classy décolleté. If you are worried about your bust appearing too large, avoid ruffles, flounces or valanced detailing at the upper body. The wrap dress is your perfect choice. The ultra feminine cut is a true miracle worker for fuller chests: The V-neck elongates your upper body, puts the focus on your décolleté and streamlines your curves. Careful with empire dresses, babydolls or halter necks, they make your bosom appear even bigger.
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You have a smaller chest? The right evening dress can make your bosom appear a little fuller. Stylists use light and bright colours and patterns at the upper body as a styling trick. Many evening dresses come gathered, ruffled, with valanced or sequin- and pearl-embroidered necklines. Take a closer look at these designs, ample detailing at the upper body adds volume to your chest. High necklines, such as bateau necklines or crew necks suit you especially well. Cowl necks are your ideal choice, their softly draped fabric creates volume at the décolleté and lets your bust appear fuller. Empire dresses are made for your body type, a smaller chest makes them appear even more whimsical. Would you like to discover more tips for a smaller chest?
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Full Upper Arms
A lot of women do not want to show their upper arms in evening dresses. If this feels familiar to you, no reason to despair. More and more designers think up evening dresses with long sleeves. Cut from sumptuous lace, long sleeves are supremely elegant. But sleeves do not have to be full-on to make you feel more content. Short sleeves or cropped sleeves can be just as effective, simply make sure the sleeves do not end at the fullest part of your arms. Found your dream dress, but it only comes in sleeveless? Pick a matching bolero or stole to drape loosely around your arms.
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HOW THE BLOGGERS WEAR IT
Caterina, the woman behind the successful blog Megabambi, relies on the perennial colour classic black for her night at the opera — and cuts a fantastic figure in the floor-length angel forever gown. Shoulders, décolleté and back are adorned in a sheer and intricately embroidered mesh, while heavy jersey with a subtle sheen falls beautifully down her silhouette. Caterina wears her blonde mane down to give the look just the right amount of effortless chic. Her lipstick choice is an all-time classic: Black-tie dress code and black robe call for ruby red lips.
HOW TO ACCESSORIZE AN EVENING DRESS?
Keeping Warm on the Evenings
When it gets cold on the evening, you will be grateful to have brought a stole along that matches your evening dress — or a fine silk shawl that is large enough to cover your shoulders and arms. Choose your scarf in the same colour as your dress or stick to the same colour scheme but play with different shades.
Phone and Lipstick at your Hand
The perfect companion to your evening dress? A clutch! Embroidered with lace, embellished with rhinestones or wrapped in satin — for your big entrance on the evening there cannot be too much shine or sparkle. A clutch in neutral hues, such as nude, rose or black matches most evening dresses. Especially glamorous are versions in gold or silver, just make sure your jewellery stays in the same tones.
Some invitations ask for specific headgear. A fascinator is the most royal of headwear, exuding British chic and gaining more and more popularity on the mainland. Open-air summer weddings love fascinators for daytime outfits. Align your headgear and your clutch in colour to create a sophisticated and harmonic look.
WHAT TO WEAR UNDERNEATH AN EVENING DRESS?
Even though seemingly invisible, what’s underneath your evening dress is important for it to develop its full appeal. Choosing the right underwear or shapewear is essential. There are some general rules for picking the right underwear for your dress: Leave the embroidery, lace or rhinestones. Opt for seamless or moulded bras instead, they stay invisible under fine fabrics. Bras with removable straps are the ideal choice, because you can adjust them individually to your dress, for example, wearing only one strap under a one-shoulder dress. Elomi are experts in bras that stay in position and provide support and shape even without straps. If you wear a close fitting dress that sits tightly around your curves,
HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY EVENING DRESS?
To preserve your evening dress, you should let the professionals take care of it and stick to dry cleaning only. Most evening dresses are made of precious materials and lavish embroidery, demanding special attention and care when cleaning your dress. Carefully inspect the labels on your dress. If you own an easy to clean evening dress that does not have to be dry cleaned, hand wash it in lukewarm water and only use a minimum of mild detergent. After rinsing it well and wringing it out carefully, put it on a hanger to dry to avoid creasing.