How To: Pick the Perfect Summer Sundress

Spending time in San Francisco this past weekend, on what was the most glorious day they’ve had all year, I was greeted by a bevy of beautiful sundresses, in every color and shape imagine. As I rush home to pull out my summertime shifts, I thought I’d cover some shapes that flatter our different figures.
Long for It. For those lovelies long in the torso, try the oh-so au courant blouson dresses. Either gathered or tied with a ribbon, the blouson dress will sit perfectly just above your hips.
  • Pick one with a bit of a flounce in the skirt to give your dress some flirt.
  • Avoid longer skirts that shorten the look of your legs.

Victoria's Secret Blouson Dress $29

Whittle Waist. To give some length to your look, short-waisted gals should go halter. The gathering at the neck gives you a long, lean look, plus shows off arresting arms.

  • Think A-line skirt to complete the body-skimming shape.
  • Add a belt or tie to help create a waist by cinching towards the hips
  • Avoid empire-waist dresses that shorten your torso even more.

Jane Norman halter dress $55

Strong in the shoulders? Go feminine without going too girly by kicking up your curves with a full skirt.

  • To help balance shoulders, select some cap sleeves.
  • Want to enhance the bustline? Ruching works wonderfully!
  • Avoid halter style dresses that make shoulders look even stronger.

Modcloth Cap Sleeve Dress $53

Want to downplay the decolletage? Try an interesting full-coverage shape, like a one-shoulder affair, that keeps the eye on the whole outfit.

  • Think tailored and full-supported.
  • Avoid any embellishment at the neckline.

Topshop One Shoulder Dress $90

Ladies with fuller shapes on bottom should look for two-toned dresses to help accentuate their top assets. Look for darker shades on bottom and bolder on top to balance your overall outfit, with cap or short sleeves.

  • Go for A-line, body-skimming shapes that fall at least to the knee
  • Add accessories or adornment at the neckline to bring the eye up
  • Avoid full skirts with pleating or gathers.


Taylor dress $158

Ladies with fuller shapes on top should invest in simple body-skimming shifts. Think sleeveless styles in solid colors, stopping above the knee to accentuate fab legs.

  • Go for a vee-neck shape to create length.
  • Create a waist at your narrowest point through cinching, belts or subtle gathering
  • Avoid trapeze dresses that add  unneeded volume on top.

Harvey Nichols dress $285

Where’s your favorite place to find the perfect sundress?


June 8, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . How To.

One Comment

  1. Grace replied:

    I love the J.Crew cardigan. Might have to snag one.

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