1. AS SIMPLE AS IT GETS
|with patch pockets in a coloured tweed & contrast shoes|
|long sleeved and still simple with neutral shoes|
|super fitted is best for hourglass body shapes|
2. EMILIO PUCCI DESIGN
3. MODERN PRINTS
|in Mary Katrantzou|
|in Prabal Gurung|
|This Peter Pilotto style is terrific for |
accentuating good bits & hiding bad bits.
To do this however you have to get all the colours
& prints in the right places for the optical illusions to work.
|Classic boat neck - watch the bra straps though.|
|in digital prints|
Super forgiving on many figures.
Open the neckline up if you are busty.
|laser cut lace work in bands of colour, in leather|
|Lace loves velvet|
6. EVEN BANDS OF COLOUR
|in Rachel Zoe wide band derss|
|a classic nautical A line dress|
|an exotic tribal stripe|
|the very modern chevron print|
|a modified chevron - huge impact on body shape |
due to the large width of the stripes
7. UNEVEN BANDS OF COLOUR
|Tibi dresses - band placement has a huge impact on body shape|
|the darker bottom bands slim the hips|
|the bands at the bust enhance the top half |
& reduce the focus from big hips
|the dark band can literally do anything depending |
on your height, the band's width, the length of the dress
& the height of the seam.
The cold shoulder is optional, however its
not usually a characteristic of a shift dress.
|the darker ombre colour reduces the size of the hips|
|the darker stripes reduce the size of the hips|
|a beautiful shave from the size of the hips & thighs|
|a beautiful shave from the whole torso thanks to Stella McCartney|
|Kate in Stella - be warned - a bright mid section can |
sometimes widen rather than narrow your torso
Always check with a full length mirror
& trust your gut rather than the SA
|Another Stella - brilliant slimming yet curve enhancing spliced effect|
|A border print can work figure magic!|
|More basics - perfect for work|
|Vertical side ruffle|
|Hem ruffles - flip hems are huge for next summer|
|A gathered ruffle (compared to bias cut for fluted ruffles) |
is best for slimmer bodies
|Peplums - the uneven peplum hem is more flattering on most bodies|
|Lace faux peplum|
|The wide placement of the gold trim actually makes |
Amanda look bigger in the hips than she is.
Be careful about trim placement i tricky areas (bust, waist, hips).
|An all over brocade can be easier to work with & flatter your figure.|
LEATHER & ITS FRIENDS, ZIPS, STUDS & SLASHES
|Slashed up to there!|
Belt PS: Have you noticed there are virtually no belts shown in this post?
This is deliberate. Unless you're a rectangle shape, dont clutter the shift with a belt - all a belt will do is break your torso in half - shorten you & fatten you.