Styling Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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    How to dress for your body shape?

    The first step of style is to figure out what your body shape is and then from there you can emphasise your assets and balance out your silhouette. The different body shapes include rounded, triangle, inverted triangle, rectangle, diamond, and hourglass. Each on of these shapes are as beautiful as the next when styled right. 

    Rounded: Keep the details of clothing above the bust and below the hips. Boat and square necklines give you a delicate top half while details on the hemline, particularly mid-length hemlines, draw attention to your legs.

    Triangle: Opt for bright colours and bold prints on your top half as well as wider necklines like boat and sweetheart necklines will help to balance out your silhouette.

    Inverted Triangle: Opt for things that accentuate your bottom half, such as A-line skirts and wide leg pants. 

    Rectangle: Belts, high-waisted pants, and cropped jackets will help to create the illusion of a waist.

    Diamond: Belted and high waisted clothing, particularly A-line skirts or flared dresses, because they help accentuate the upper torso and draw the eyes to your waist.

    Hourglass: Accentuate your waist with peplum tops, empire waist dresses, and belts.

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    How to dress an hourglass figure?

    With an hourglass figure you want to flaunt your curves and accentuate your waist. To accentuate your waist wear belts or nipped garments like peplum tops or empire waist dresses. Sweetheart, oval, square, off-shoulder, V-necks, and scoop necklines will prevent you from widening your shoulders keeping balance to your silhouette. Stick to high-waisted bottoms to show off your waist and skirts with a knee length hem or longer. This hem length will hug your hips and flow off them naturally.

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    How to wear dresses in Winter?

    No cooler months are no reason to lock your dresses away in the wardrobe. Wearing a jacket or cropped jumper with a dress can help to accentuate your waist and keep you warm. Adding layers underneath your dresses will also help keep you warm. These layers can be stocking or tights as well as a high-neck long sleeved top underneath a strappy or short sleeved dress. Swap your sandals out for boots and add a scarf for some extra warmth. 

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    How to wear boots with dresses?

    Ankle boots suit just about any length dress from maxi all the way up to mini dresses. If you feel your outfit looks too boxy, try for a slimmer boot with a slim heel. If you want to try out a pair of longer boots, such as knee-high boots opt for dress hemlines above the knee. 

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    What is a shift dress?

    A shift dress hangs straight down from the shoulders with no stitching to cinch the waist. They are ultimately comfortable with their loose-fitting design. Typically, they come as sleeveless, but they may also have short or long sleeves as well. They are a minimalist design without embellishments and consider the blank canvas to style around.

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    Can you wear a shawl with long sleeved dresses?

    Absolutely yes! There is plenty of opportunity to combine a patterned shawl, to make a statement, with a single colour long sleeved dress. Play with different colours and patterns but be careful mixing patterns as they may clash. There are countless ways to style a shawl from the traditional draping it over your shoulders, to cinching it at your waist or fashioning an asymmetrical poncho. 

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    What are capped sleeves on a dress?

    Capped sleeves on dresses are a style of short sleeve that are cut and seamed to fit over the shoulder. They are not as loose as a t-shirt short sleeve and design to sit over, or cap, over the shoulder. 

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    What shoes to wear with a long-sleeved dress?

    You can wear just about any shoe with a long sleeve dress depending on the occasion, season, and hem length. For winter, boots are a great option to keep you warmer, whereas in summer opt for something that’s a bit cooler like sandals. If you are going for a casual day look sneakers are a comfortable option but f you want to dress your outfit up for a night out, go for your favourite pair of heels. Because long sleeves draw the eye down to lengthen your silhouette, if your outfit looks to boxy opt for a slimmer or strappy footwear. 

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    How to accessorise sleeved dresses?

    Accessories are a great way to jazz up and outfit and really make it your own. For the boho chic style wear wooden or beaded accessories. If you are looking for a touch of elegance silver and gold match almost any colour, but probably just choose either or to wear. If the dress has long sleeve or statement sleeves, let them do the talking and opt for a pair of earring or necklace. 

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    How to style sleeved dresses?

    Any dress with a simple sleeve can be worn with a jacket, cardigan, or jumper, but if your dress has statement sleeves such as bishop, bell, or flutter then let them out to shine. Statement sleeves can be extremely flatter and draw attention to your waist. Statement sleeve dresses are great to wear with sneaker, sandals, flats, or heels depending on the occasion. Depending on the style of dress you may also want to cinch the waist with a belt to create an hourglass silhouette to your outfit. 

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    How to wear a short-sleeved dress in winter?

    Short sleeved dresses are perfect to wear with any jacket, jumper, or cardigan and if cropped work well to create shape to your silhouette. For some extra layers of warmth, they can be worn with stockings and scarves. To keep your feet warm in a short sleeve dress, wear them with a pair of ankle boots or even knee-high boots with a hem line that’s knee-length or above. 


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