Friday, August 14, 2009

That Oh-So Comfy (Comfortable) Sundress

Sticky feeling makes us sssooooooh uneasy! We can’t do anything about it. Unless, you could stay in an air conditioned area all day long. Or can you stop that sun from emitting too much hotness? Better yet, find a way how the country could have a centralized AC unit. Remember, this is a tropical country! Do you understand the word hot? Ha-ha-ha…hot!

Fine, since we can’t do anything about humidity, all we can do is to always, make sure, do all the effort, to look fresh and comfortable. This way, you’ll look carefree and easy. One of the most important factors is outfit. You can wear shorts, sandos, or stringed tops. But the cutest of all is SUNDRESS!

But wait, don’t fret. For sure some wouldn’t want the idea. How about considering this simple guide that might help you pick a sundress to bring out the best in your features and build from head to toe? Remember, every woman has something to show off, and something to hide, and the most flattering sundress will do both so that you appear at your most beautiful all summer long. Learn to recognize the signs to well-fitting sundresses.

1. Show off well-toned legs with a side slit or two in a column tank dress. Conceal heavier legs under a long dress with a flowing skirt.

2. Hide heavier hips under an A-line dress, or opt for a knee-length number that has a little flare around the edges.

3. You can also downplay a small chest by wearing a ruffled or gathered bodice

4. Play up your well-toned shoulders and upper back with a halter sundress. An open collar or V-neckline will help minimize a well-endowed chest

5. Choose a slip dress with darts positioned near the waist to give the illusion of curves. This works well for those with a thicker waist or gals with a boyish, not-so-curvy figure.

6. Go strapless or choose delicate spaghetti straps to reveal a long neck and sexy décolletage. Camouflage heavy upper arms by draping them in a delicate chiffon scarf.

7. Consider a minidress if you're petite. The shorter skirt length will create the illusion of longer legs.

8. Always make sure that nothing is as important as feeling the comfort of wearing such. Even how beautiful that sundress looks, if it doesn’t fit, it will defy in you!
So, to make it easier for you, here’s another tip:

It fits when…

Always make sure that nothing is as important as feeling the comfort of wearing such.
Even how beautiful that sundress looks, if it doesn’t fit, it will defy in you!
So, to make it easier for you, here’s another tip:

It fits when…

* The neckline lies flat. Sit down to make sure it remains so. If you feel pressure on your throat or pulling down the back, the dress is too small. If there's a gap at the neckline, the dress is too big.

For long, elegant neck try boat neck style or a square neckline. For shorter or thicker neck, a v-neck or a halter-style top will look good on you.

* Seams lie flat down the middle of your shoulders. If there's any tugging on the shoulders when you sit, the dress is too small. If seams run wider than and droop off your shoulders, the dress is too big. If the shoulder straps are adjustable, adjust them according to your upper-body frame.

If you want to make your shoulders appear broader, a halter top or very thin spaghetti straps are a great choice, as they will help your shoulders blend into the rest of your torso, creating a more balanced visual effect. A plunging neckline minimizes your shoulders by drawing attention to the middle of your torso, so if you have very broad shoulders, a deep v-neck can make a big difference. If your shoulders are very toned, show them with a flattering sundress that has thicker, brightly colored or embellished straps that will draw the eye towards your shoulders.

* There isn't any digging or excess pressure on your underarms. Stretch out your arms and sit down to make sure. Lift your arms to make sure that your bra isn't showing. The armholes should close around your arms without undue pressure or sagging.

A flattering sundress for summer weather is one that will help you stay cool, and a halter or a sleeveless dress can bring out the best in your shoulders while helping you feel comfortable. If you do opt for sleeves to cover your upper arm, make sure that you choose a very light fabric, like breathable linen. Sleeves with an eyelet detail can give you maximum air circulation while still offering visual coverage. Another great choice is to pair a flattering sundress with a light linen or lace wrap or stole which you can throw around your shoulders to drape across your upper arms. This allows you to choose any dress you like without worrying about whether it exposes your upper arms or not.

* There isn't pressure pushing down on your breasts or stretching the fabric from the back. Sit up straight down and consider these two pressure areas again.

If you are very curvy up top, a flattering sundress will provide a tightly nipped waist and some fullness in the skirt to balance you out for a classic hourglass shape. If you want to disguise a flat chest, a blousy top with gathers or ruffles will add the illusion of a bit more weight. Color and pattern can also be a big help in this area: a band of light color or a busy patter n across the bust will draw the eye to the chest, giving the illusion of greater size, whereas a band of simple, dark color will minimize the appearance of the bust.

* The placement of the waistline is the most important feature of any flattering sundress, and it is more often than not the primary reason that a dress will fail or succeed in bringing out the best in your body. To choose the right waistline for your shape, think torso length.

o If you have a short torso, an empire waistline that falls just below the bust will make you look longer and leaner. A drop-waist dress is also a great choice because it will camouflage how high your natural waist is, giving you the illusion of more length. If you have a long torso, try a Basque waistline, a v-shaped waistline that will help you use your length to the most flattering effect by balancing it with your hips.

o If your legs are an asset, your most flattering sundress will have a skirt that falls above the knee so that you can draw attention to this great feature. If you want to create the look of longer, leaner legs than nature has give you, an a-line skirt that flares out at the bottom will create a strong vertical shape that will seem to add instant inches. If you have great calves, draw attention to them with an asymmetrical hemline that will add interest to the bottom of your flattering sundress.

o If you can’t find a sundress you love in a length you like, consider getting the hem let down or taken up to suit you better. This is a very simple and inexpensive alteration, so even if you’re not practiced with a needle and thread, you may want to visit a local tailor. After all, a flattering sundress should be perfect right down to your toes.

o The sundress is a fun and versatile summer piece. You can play it up with heels and accessories, or keep it simple with flat sandals. Choosing a silhouette that flatters your figure will let you step out with confidence.

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