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A Beginner’s Guide on How to Pick the Perfect Dress for the Right Occasion

Different dresses are adored by women all over the world. Apart from its obvious function of covering their bodies, dresses are women’s way of showing their style and a sure way of having fun. The materials used in dresses could mean several different things as well. Extravagant and rare materials show luxury and prestige, while soft and light materials are more relaxed and carefree.

Dress Silhouette and Body Types
Before discussing which dress is appropriate for each occasion, it is important to know what type of cut would complement the unique body types of women.

● Hour-Glass Shape
o Curvy, Small waist, bigger bust and hips.
o Wrap dresses.
o Fit and flare dresses.
o Empire cuts.

● Apple-Shaped
o Shaped as an apple or a letter V.
o Shoulders are bigger than hips.
o Tube-type dresses to show off shoulders.
o Maxi dresses with deep necklines.

● Pear-shaped
o Body shape is like a triangle.
o Open back dresses.
o Puff sleeved dresses.
o Below the knee, A-line cuts

● Athletic Type/ Straight Shape
o Almost equal shoulder and hips.
o Sleeveless and long-sleeved dresses both work fine.
o Halter cut dresses with open backs.

These are some of the common body types in women and the cuts that suit them well.

Types of Occasion and the Perfect Dress
Every type of dress is an expression of a women’s mood and personality. These days there are a hundred different designs that they can choose from for every occasion, and it could get a little overwhelming.
● Beach trips
First, on the list are beach trips because who does not love summer getaways? It is the perfect time to enjoy some sunshine wearing a short cottony summer dress or a soft maxi dress showing off some skin. The usual fabric used in these types of dresses is cotton printed in florals and pastel colours. Some also prefer bright colours to go with bright sunny days.

● Attending a wedding
When attending a wedding, the venue must be considered. Will it be a garden wedding? A church wedding? The best dress for this occasion depends on the dress code and the location.

● Garden weddings – usually, a semi-formal short dress is the go-to for this type of wedding.
● Church weddings – long gowns in silk, fit-and-flare dresses, and sequined below-the-knee types of dresses

Outdoor weddings tend to be more relaxed and have a semi-formal dress code, while indoor weddings require more formal dresses.

● Dinner parties
Dinner parties are where women can bring out their LBDs (Little Black Dress). Every woman has one that makes them feel their best. If the dinner party’s theme is festive, a little pop of colour on cocktail dresses would be recommended.

● Business dinners and company parties
The usual dress code for occasions like these is smart casual. An elegantly structured dress would be appropriate to still exude a level of professionalism. It is always best to look sharp as colleagues and bosses will be present at the occasion.

Picking the right dress with endless options could both be exciting and dreadful at the same time. What matters the most is the feeling it gives and the confidence that women feel when they wear it. How they look often affects the first impression of people about them, and the only way to look their best is to feel their best.

 Author Bio: Steffy Alen is a copywriter and content strategist. She helps businesses stop playing around with content marketing and start seeing the tangible ROI. She loves writing as much as she loves the cake.  

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