Dress: Zara (old) // Shoes: Reed Krakoff (similar) // Purse: Coach // Necklace: J.Crew (old)
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I have to take a minute to discuss an underappreciated dress silhouette: the drop waist dress. Many women shy away from this 1920’s silhouette because of its straight, long bodice and waistline that hits at the hips. There’s a popular myth that drop waist dresses are particularly unflattering for petite women with curves, but as a member of that group, I disagree. The perceived faults of this dress are exactly what I like about it: The straight, long bodice elongates my petite frame (and hides the tum tum), the low waistline prevents the dress from accentuating my curves, and the flared skirt allows for physical movement.
That said, this is a tricky silhouette to wear confidently, so here are some tips to make drop waist dresses work for you:
1) Heels. If you’re petite like me (5’5 and under) heels are a must for this type of dress. If you are tall with a rectangular shape, congrats! This dress will likely always look good one you.
2) Pay attention to fit and the lines created by the seams in the dress. The horizontal line created by the waistline in the dress can draw attention to your hips and make them appear wider. If you have curves and wide hips like me, make sure the waistline hits either right above or right below (see my dress for an example of this).
3) Make sure there is sufficient flare and ruffle at the bottom of the dress. The flare adds movement to the dress (so it isn’t as stiff and boxy/) and it gives the dress a more feminine appeal.
4)Experiment. Not every drop waist dress you try on will work. Some will look quite tragic on you; others will look great! The key is to try on different lengths and fits to help you determine what works best for your body type.
If I’ve convinced you that drop waist dresses aren’t as scary as they seem, check out these cute picks:
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