Thursday, June 23, 2011

Marie's Tips: Dresses & skirts.

Dressing for your body type can be challenging, especially if you're shorter than the average woman. Dresses & skirts can sometimes swallow you whole, diminishing your figure; especially if your figure is petite.
If you're looking for a few quick tips to accentuate your frame & are unsure of where to start, read on!

Since we've already covered pants & denim (click here, if you missed it), lets discuss dresses & skirts...

Opt for a Shorter Hem

Something that hits a little above the knee works best.
If you want to go shorter (& the weather is cool enough), pull on a pair of stockings or tights.
If it's warm & you're feeling extra "leggy", go even shorter & wear a longer sleeved top that covers your chest; this adds a very lovely balance. No need to be "booby" & "leggy" at the same time, unless that is what you're going for.

Belt, Tie, or Cinch

Look for dresses & skirts that accent your waist. 
Wrap dresses are virtually universal & especially great for this. Skirts that have belts, elastic bands, or that are "tie-waist" look great. If they don't come with these things, just throw on a skinny belt.


Have you heard the rule about keeping prints smaller than your fist size? 
It is said that larger prints & bold patterns can overwhelm smaller figures.
I'm not a major print/pattern fan, but when I am feeling "printy"; the patterns are usually small. Perhaps subconsciously, I have followed this rule. Nothing wrong with that. The rule does work (because it adds this effortless balance via your unique proportions), but I'd like to think that bigger & bolder can be worn well by petite women. It all depends on how a certain lady wears it, no?
Don't be afraid to test the "rules". Try on prints & patterns that catch your eye (no matter the size) & see how they look & feel on you!

And, that's all I have to share about dresses & skirts. Hope this helps you in some way.
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Feel free to leave your message, sharing your tips on dresses & skirts below!
If you have any questions, Ask Away... 

Please stay tuned, shoes are up next...



At June 23, 2011 at 7:48 PM , Blogger Monique said...

small prints are so delicate and cute. I use to be so afraid of prints but now I am all over them. I love the idea of shorter skirts for shorter gals.

At June 25, 2011 at 9:22 AM , Blogger MerelyMarie said...

Hey Monique:) Thanks for chiming in here!


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