Dresses by Style and Silhouette
Two Piece dresses consist of a top and matching skirt. Two piece dresses come in a variety of silhouettes, from ball gown or mermaid to sheath to short cocktail lengths. As they leave a gap between the top and bottom, two piece dresses are not for those who feel they have a tummy problem! This modern, flirty style is revealing and requires body confidence to pull it off. Two piece dresses can be very versatile, as the top and bottom can be worn separately after the big event. This means that although two piece dresses are often more expensive (as they are more labor intensive to make), you can get more wear out of them for the price.
Sheath dresses are very fitted through the hips and thighs, and gradually widen into a slightly flared skirt. Column dresses have a straighter skirt, while Fit and Flare evening gowns have a fuller skirt. Sheath dresses are often made of knit or stretchy materials for comfort and ease of movement. This sexy and slinky silhouette has a classic simplicity that makes it perfect for any formal occasion. Sheath dresses are flattering for both tall and petite women but may not be ideal for pear shaped women, or women with a boxy figure.
High Low dresses have a skirt that's short in the front and long in the back. This is a fun, slightly less formal style that's perfect for petite ladies who want the drama of a train, but want to avoid having to wear sky high heels, stepping on their skirt, or getting their dress hemmed. High low skirts will flow out as you walk, adding drama to this trendy silhouette that's made for showing off some spectacular footwear!
A-line dresses are fitted in the bust and waist and have a full skirt (Empire dresses have a skirt that starts just under the bust, slightly above the natural waist). This universally flattering style is elegant, feminine, and perfect for any formal occasion. It's a classic, feminine and simple silhouette that's appropriate for any age, and is perfect for showcasing spectacular beading, jewelry, or hair styles. The defined waist of an A-line dress is ideal for plus sizes, while the full skirt is great for women who don't have enough curves to fill out a sheath or a mermaid dress.
Ball Gown If you're looking for a dress that will make a statement and a grand entrance, look no further than a Ball Gown! This silhouette is fitted through the bust and waist, then flows out into a very full, poufy skirt. This classic and feminine silhouette is perfect for prom or black tie events, and will give the illusion of curves to women who aren't blessed with them. As ball gowns are 'a lot of dress', petite women may find that they are overwhelmed by the fullness of the skirt, while plus sized women may find they add bulk.
Halter dresses have front straps that connect to a collar around the neck, leaving the back open. This style is very flattering for pear shapes, women with broad or muscular shoulders, or with a full bust (for halters that aren't too revealing). The halter neckline will draw the eye upward, so be sure to keep attention there with stunning makeup and knockout accessories!
Strapless dresses have no sleeves, shoulders or straps, leaving the upper chest and shoulders bare. The top of the bust can be rounded, in a heart like sweetheart neckline, or straight across. Strapless dresses are a classic and elegant look for any formal occasion. They may not offer enough support for those with a full bust, while ladies with small busts may find them difficult to fill out (bust enhancers are always helpful!). Strapless dresses will have built in support to keep them up, but it's always a good idea to use Hollywood tape to secure the top of your dress! Strapless necklines look best with choker necklaces or simple short necklaces.
One Shoulder dresses are the perfect compromise between strapless dresses and dresses with straps. Ideal for women who feel that they have broad shoulders that are too exposed in strapless dresses, or who want additional support, one shouldered dresses are an elegant way to showcase athletic arms. While a variety of hairstyles will work with a one shoulder dress, be sure that your hair does not cover the shoulder strap; wearing it to the opposite side will ensure a chic look.