Looking for the perfect summer dress can be work ! Over the last couple of years, I’ve went from a size 16 to a 22. With that change, I realized some of my summer dresses didn’t fit me the same or did nothing for my new found shape. Operation: New Summer Dresses went into full swing. While I browsing for stores that I haven’t frequented, I found a store called Woman Within. I LOVE LOVE LOVE their selection of summer dresses. They pretty much have one for every shape. Also, Woman Within goes up to a size 6x! Happy shopping!
I thought this might be great opportunity to highlight some amazing dresses offered by Woman Within and different shapes would compliment their selection. There are a few staples for summer that every fashionista needs to include in her warm weather wardrobe. Sunglasses and sandals are easy trends to satisfy, but the perfect summer dress can be a tricky item to find.
Take a look at this quick refresher guide to see which summer dress best fits your body type, so you can cross it off your fashion list and get to work on that perfect summer glow.
A classic wrap dress looks great on girls with an hourglass shape. The cinched tie around the waist accentuates your body’s natural curves, while simultaneously making your waistline appear smaller.
If you look at what’s trending on Woman Within—a site specializing in clothes for gals with curves—you can see that a lot of their pieces, be it their tops or dresses, incorporate the wrap design. Try a piece with a boldly bright or floral pattern, and you can make your figure pop even more. I am a huge fan a military green, so this is my top pick from their wrap dresses.
Wrap Front Linen Dress
If you’re busty, you probably already know the struggle of wearing a halter or tube top. They’re almost impossible to keep from riding up or slipping down, not to mention that there are very few, if any, strapless bras out there that can keep your girls where they should be. So if you’re very endowed, Refinery 29 suggests a “fit and flare” dress—a slight spin on the classic A-line. The slightly flared bottom is a great way to balance a bountiful chest, while the fully covered top keeps your girls securely in place. Obviously, if you are a risk taker where whatever make you feel comfortable! But this dress here, is a winner!
Sleeveless Fit & Flare Dress
A secured top also allows you to experiment with different sleeve lengths. Most of them (thankfully) eliminate the dreaded “drape” effect of flowing designs. And the right fit—a short or long-sleeve variety—also eliminates the side boob or the ever-present armpit boob problem, keeping all your feminine angles where they should be!
If you’re pear-shaped, like myself, you want to balance out your silhouette with a larger top. It’s best to go with something looser that flows with the moves of your body. Instead of a classic one-piece dress, try the new take on two-piece dresses, like a maxi skirt with a over-sized top. The maxi will hug the bottom of your body, while the top creates a look that evenly distributes your curves.
Fashion Times covered the recent show from Alice + Olivia that highlighted this exact look as a standout for Coachella. It’s extremely popular for the festival, because it combines the fashion essentials for a party—fun, breezy, and downright sexy. But if you don’t have plans to visit the desert circuit anytime soon, this look remains ideal for balancing out your body, and giving you the beautiful silhouette. Check out the ensemble below for an idea. All of these items can be found on Woman Within.
So what were your favorites? How would you style your shape? Send me your thoughts!
Until next time,