A cut above

Posted: 20 January 2023

Have you ever loved something on a mannequin in a shop window and tried it on, only to find that the fabric is wrong for you?  Does the fabric cling to you in all of the wrong places?   

Almost as important as the cut of the designer is your choice of fabric.  We have put together some top tips to help you choose fabulous flattering fabrics when you are out on the hunt to say yes to the dress. 



Body Shape

The Apple

Scoop or V-neck dresses, don’t be afraid to show a little leg with 50s style

Standard shift style dresses made from crepe, cotton and linen. 


Body Shape

The Triangle

Crepe and chiffon are perfect to hang around your waist to flatter and nip where it needs to nip.  Patterned top halves and floating skirts are your go to, but perhaps consider the curvaceous couture of A-line or wrap skirts to create that sleek and slender flow 



Body Shape

The Hourglass

Stretch crepe, jersey or scubaAnything looks good on an hourglass but it is always best to have a fitted dress as an hourglass.   


Body Shape

The Inverted Triangle

Nipped waist, volume at the bottomSleeker top and more detailed bottom will balance out strong muscular shoulders. 


Body Shape

The Rectangle

Create shape with layers and frills or slip into a silky sheath dress to keep your look waif like and runway chicSilk and satinWaistline creation with fabric or belts create the illusion of more shape  

When you start that all important search for ‘the one’, take the people with you who you trust to tell you if something flatters you.  Sometimes going with a specific idea in mind can present challenges if it is not right for your body shape.  Your boutique owner will have an idea of what stock they have that will suit your frame.  Remember, they may show you something that on the hanger does not look perfect, but once that fabric slides over your shape it may just be the one that makes you feel a million dollars.

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