I've always been attracted to dramatic draping - sculptural waves of fabric can make such a a strong statement. However, these dresses often seemed to work better on other body types. Since I have broad shoulders and more of an hourglass figure, I'd often find that these dresses would hang off my widest parts and mask my narrower areas, leaving me a bulky silhouette.
But all is not lost! Read on after the jump for four tips on how to wear a draped dress and flatter your figure, no matter your body type.
1. Narrow shoulders and narrow hips: This type of dress is meant for you. It drapes beautifully just the way it is. Keep your accessories to a minimum and let the shape (and color in this case) make the statement.
2. Hourglass figure or broad shoulders: Luckily, most draped dresses look incredible when you belt them. Yes, you might have to fuss with the fabric a little to get it just right, but the end result is to-die-for!
3. Rounder in the middle: I'll never forget the time an old client of mine discovered that, although she was a little fuller in the middle, when she belted a dress with extra fabric, she suddenly had an hourglass shape! All that extra fabric tends to go to the right places, creatine the illusion of an hourglass figure for almost every body type.
4. Any body type: For a different look, leave this dress loose and pair it with a fitted jacket that hits you right around mid waist. This draws attention to your waist while allowing all that gorgeous draping to do its thing. Bonus: this is THE perfect post holiday dinner look (second helpings, please).
Photos by Nikko DeTranquilli
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