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Easy, Breezy: The Best Spring Dresses for your Body Type


Anna Selezneva stuns in the Blumarine Spring 2013 Campaign by Camilla Akrans - photo Blumarine.com

If I was stuck on a desert island and could only have one thing (assuming I already had food, water, a charming little hut and a hot cabana boy, of course), it would be a dress.  Of all the pieces of clothing out there, nothing makes you feel as pretty, as feminine, as free, as a good dress.  And as a busy mom and blogger, dresses have become my go-to's since I can literally throw them on in the morning and run out the door, without having to stress about what to wear with what.

Now that Spring is finally here, dresses are at the top of my mind and I'm excited to add a few new frocks to my warm weather wardrobe.  And whether you're curvy, stick-thin, petite or full-chested, there's a perfect dress out there for everyone. Before you hit the mall, keep these figure-flattering tips in mind and remember, if all else fails, go for a universally-flattering wrap or A-line dress. Now all I need is my cabana boy (oh, and some Spring weather!!!)


If you're CURVY: Look for wrap dresses, sheaths, and full dresses that flow over your curves (a belt or defined waist helps give you shape), avoiding high necklines (show a little skin!) and anything too loose or too tight, for obvious reasons.

If you have a TUMMY: Look for dresses that don’t put the focus on your waistline - think shifts, subtle A-lines and empire styles. Open necklines, blouson shapes and monochromatic colours also draw the eye away from your tummy.  

If you're PETITE: Look for a simple silhouette like a fitted sheath, wrap, or body-conscious style that won't overwhelm your petite figure. Avoid anything with a lot of detail/embellishment and full skirts. Vertical details (like seams, vertical patterns, or piping) and monochromatic dresses with hems that hit just above or just below your knee will make you appear inches taller.

If you have a BOYISH FIGURE:
Look for belted styles like shirt dresses, wrap dresses, and slim shifts that hit the knee. Bias cuts, draping, drop waists, and ruching are great for adding curves while voluminous styles, t-shirt and tank dresses will only accentuate your stick-straight frame.
If you have a LARGE CHEST:
Start with a good, supportive bra.  Next, look for slightly fitted (again, not too tight or too loose) shapes that have thick straps (to hide your bra), open necklines and cinched waists - think shirtdresses, wraps and sheaths - avoiding boatnecks and anything with a wide belt. V-necks and scoopnecks are flattering necklines and skirts with a slight flare will balance out your proportions.
If you have a SMALL CHEST:
Try empire, fitted sheath, and strapless styles, with pleats, ruffles, shirring or ruching over the bust to add volume where you need it. A-line, shift and shirt-dress options with a defined waist or belt will show off your slim silhouette. Avoid anything with built-in boning, cups or darts that you won't be able to fill out.
If you have BIG ARMS
Look for v-neck dresses with dolman, 3/4 length or long-sleeve dresses. Layer on a tailored jacket, cardigan or wrap to cover up your arms.
Click on the thumbnails below for some of the prettiest dresses in stores now at New Sudbury Centre:


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A model walks the Jil Sander Spring 2013 Runway. Photo © 2013 The Fashion Group International

I don't know about you but I've got a few sides to my personality.  There's the work me, the girl who uses words like 'yes' and 'fantastic' and 'absolutely'. There's the mom version of me, who has to play the heavy to make sure we don't spend all day watching Bubble Guppies but then uses stupid voices and sings ridiculous songs to entertain.  Then there's the 'me' with  my best friends who usually ends up on the floor from laughing so hard, especially after a few glasses of wine.  We've all got our different sides, both dark and light, good and bad, and though I usually try to be good, it's sometimes fun to get into a healthy amount of trouble, too.

For Spring '13, designers played up the contrast, sending models down the runways of Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Jil Sander in graphic black & white looks.  It brings to mind the Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton era when everyone was mad for mod.  The new way to wear it? Stick with clean silhouettes and graphic prints (ie. bold black & white stripes, polka-dots and checks) and make sure to make a true statement by keeping it black & white from head to toe (including your bag, por favor). Feel like you need a bit of colour? Go for a bright and matte red or hot pink lip.  Mwah!

For those days when you can't decide which of your personalities to bust out, I can't think of a better way to dress...

Click on the thumbnails below for my fave black & white finds from New Sudbury Centre:

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