Saturday, July 3, 2010
Many teenage girls see a designer prom dress online or in a magazine
The reason a beautiful designer prom dress can look awful when worn is because it doesn’t fit your body shape. Designer gowns aren’t made to fit all; they’ve been crafted to complement a certain type of figure. Different gowns will fit differently. And, some fashion houses make just the one type of dress, while others have a wider collection of styles. So, before selecting a particular dress, you need to know what body shape you are and what style of dress will complement it.
There are four basic body shapes. The Pear, as you might guess, describes a body that is slim on top and wider at the bottom; wide hips but narrow shoulders or a small chest. This is the most common of body shapes for women.
The Triangular is the opposite of a Pear body shape; large bust with small or boyish hips. The Willow body shape describes a woman who is thin all over; narrow chest, small bust and small, boyish hips. The Hourglass figure is often thought of as being the ideal figure for a young woman though very few actually have this body shape.
Now let’s talk about what styles of designer prom dresses suit each of these body shapes.
A-line or Empire dresses look beautiful on a Pear. With an A-line dress the skirt is A-shaped and flares out from a natural or dropped waist. An Empire dress is one in which there is not a defined waist; instead the skirt begins right under the seam of the bust and falls away to the. These styles work because they emphasize the smaller bust area but de-emphasize large hips.
For those with a Triangular figure or an Hourglass figure with a large bust, sweetheart necklines might be best avoided, as emphasizing the bust can result in a Dolly Partonesque look, which can make many feel self conscious resulting in a loss of confidence. Instead, a V-neck can draw attention from a large bust as it guides the eye inwards and down the midline of the dress.