With summer quickly approaching, you’re going to want to ditch the winter coat and leggings, get rid of any unwanted layers, and try on a few summer sundresses for size. Of course, along with choosing the perfect sundress for summer, there are a few things you need to keep in mind in order to avoid making the age old summer sundress mistakes.
So if you think shopping for summer sundresses is an easy task, think again. Not only do you need to keep your body shape in mind, you also need to ensure that you have the right undergarments to avoid any unnecessarily embarrassing moments.
Without further ado, here are 7 essential tips for choosing the perfect sundress for summer:
1. Remember the floral rule
Although big beautiful floral prints are the norm for a summer sundress, it’s okay to choose something a little bit more dainty if they simply don’t work for you; or if you’re not comfortable being the center of attention. It’s important to remember that big floral prints will highlight and accentuate any area where it’s placed. So if you do have large breasts and would like to minimize their appearance, avoid a summer sundress with a big flower placed over the chest area.
2. Choose matching undergarments
Be kind to your curves by ensuring that you have the correct underwear to match your summer sundress. During summer, there are rarely a few layers to keep all the lumps and bump in place, thus, if you plan on keeping it all together, you may want to consider wearing supporting knickers and a professionally fitted bra to ensure that you’re fully supported where it matters most.
3. Select the correct shape
It’s important to remember that what may work for one person won’t necessarily work for you. We all have different body shapes with different curves places everywhere. Some of us have broader shoulders with skinny legs, while others have wider hips with smaller breasts. Choose a shift dress if you want to hide your tummy or an A-line if you want to add a few curves and define your waistline. Remember to try your chosen summer sundress on in the store to avoid purchasing something that simply doesn’t flatter your body shape.
4. Color is everything!
Some of us can wear bright yellows whilst others need to stay clear of it at all costs. Remember to take the color of your chosen summer sundress into consideration, keeping your skin tone in mind. Avoid bright whites if you have particularly pale skin or certain reds if you have a pink skin undertone. Not only will the white wash you out even more and the red make your face seem even more pink than usual, you also deserve to have a summer sundress that’ll completely flatter your skin tone.
5. Is it the right length for your legs?
Let’s face it. As we get older, things start to look less tight and cellulite starts creeping in on places where we least expect it. If you’re in your twenties and even early thirties, it’s okay to choose a sundress for summer that’s cut above the knee, however, the older you get, the more you need to consider what it looks like from someone else's perspective. Remember, it’s not about dressing for someone else, it’s about accentuating all your best angles to ensure you look your best at all times. If this means that a summer sundress cut above the knee isn’t ideal then so be it.
6. Avoid horizontal lines
…unless you’re petite enough to handle them. However, in most cases, horizontal lines on any summer sundress will broaden your torso and make your hips seem bigger than they actually are. Regardless of how pretty the sundress may be, you simply have to avoid horizontal lines at all costs. Instead, choose flattering patterns or vertical lines which will complement your body shape and take years off your age.
7. Do you have enough support where it matters most?
Most importantly, you have to ensure that your chosen summer sundress will support you in all the right places. Think of it as your best friend. If you’re small on top, you can easily pull off spaghetti straps and still look flirty and fun. However, if you’re a little heavier in that area, spaghetti straps simply won’t do. Take into consideration the type of image you’d like to portray. Not only will thin straps be uncomfortable for women with large breasts, you never know for how long you’ll be supported.
Summer sundress shopping can be exciting and fun. Think about it. You’re getting rid of the old and experimenting with the new. Apart from the fact that it’s recommended to keep the above-mentioned tips in mind, it’s still an adventurous shopping spree waiting to happen.
The most important tip, however, to keep in mind is to enjoy finding sundresses for summer that will accentuate your curves in all the right places and expose a little bit of leg; regardless of how pale they may be.
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