The wrong style and decor can have worse consequences than eating a late-night snack or an extra slice of pizza. And the reason for this is offensive blunders, which many people make when choosing a dress. Unfortunately, it’s because of them that not only the figure suffers but also the mood.
In the pursuit of savings can make the critical mistake of choosing too thin a material. Several consequences follow such a mistake at once. First, the image could look cheap, and second, poor-quality materials will shine through and expose problem areas in a disadvantageous light. It is better not to save on appearance because even if you’re smart, you are still first judged by the clothes.
The fabric quality from which the dress is made plays almost the most important role in the image. After all, if it is covered with lint or turns into a shapeless rag after the first wash, it will be a very unpleasant ugly dress. And in general, thin material can crumple, break up from movement and look absurd.
But flowing textures such as crepe, satin, silk, and viscose are not only a godsend for hot days but almost always the guarantor of an expensive-looking image.
Unfortunately, we often become victims of sales and choose the wrong product for the right size. Discounts often encourage us to take home the model we like, although when you get home, you may find that it is an ugly dress. The right fit is of secondary importance.
The important thing to remember is that oversize pieces should look neat, and the tight silhouette should leave room to breathe freely. If you prefer to shop online, pay attention to the reviews – so you will know whether the model is short and how it looks on girls of different heights and build.
Out of shape
When choosing a dress, remember the features of your figure. Remember that the mirrors in the fitting rooms can distort the reflection, so it is essential to consider what style suits you. So, girls with wide hips should refuse the trapeze silhouette, and owners of broad shoulders should avoid variants with voluminous sleeves. If you have problem areas, the tight-fitting cut will look on your figure as an ugly dress.
The length of the dress should be chosen based on your height and proportions. On tall fashionistas, ultra-short models will look bad, and petite girls will not suit all midi, as they can steal the cherished centimeters. To avoid this, consider the shoes with which you will wear the dress.
Long options look better with sandals or mules with heels – such a pair visually draws the silhouette. And it is better to wear short ones with a pair of flat feet because stilettos can make the image too vulgar.
Never buy those ugly dresses! They don’t suit anyone at all. For girls with shapes, they will emphasize all the roundness and unevenness of the skin, and for petite women, they will emphasize thinness in an unattractive way. The alternative is free silhouette dresses below the knee.
Ugly dress with a zipper
Although this is one of the most successful styles for girls, you can also make mistakes here. First, choose the wrong fabric: thin and translucent, and second, make a mistake with the length. Finally, try to select midi or floor-length models for evening exits.
Inappropriate styles and decorations
Summer is rich in evening events: weddings, birthdays, and graduations. However, the girls’ favorite style – dresses in a half-length skirt and an abundance of various details (lace, rhinestones) – should be left in 2006. To the modern eye, they look like ugly dresses. To look modern, you need a laconic dress of a beautiful shade and freestyle, not overloaded with details.
Disco ball style dress
“Shine!” – they say. In general, there is nothing wrong with glitter, but only if you choose the right style and length of the dress. Of course, shiny fabric attracts attention, and if you want to hide the nuances of your figure, use a second layer – for example, a cardigan or a jacket of a quiet color. In addition, keep in mind that such a look is not suitable for every event.
Don’t wear an ugly dress which is too small for you.
This is a widespread mistake many girls make. It is better to buy things a size larger, turning a blind eye to what is written on the label, but excluding tension in the chest, abdomen, or hips. Giving preference to shirt dresses, choose models that stretch the entire length.
Bright colors are in fashion now, but modern silhouettes are distinguished by the simplicity of forms. The ugly dresses with all sorts of locks, rivets, and patches should be removed to a far corner of the closet or even thrown away, making room for laconic models. But you should not completely abandon the decor: accent elements in the form of feathers, small ruffles, and draperies look much more stylish.
Think of your strengths, not your weaknesses
Unfortunately, when buying a dress, many modern girls only consider their flaws rather than the advantages of the figure. We often fixate on an allegedly full stomach or rounded hips and try with all our might to hide them. As a result, the closet is stuffed with ugly dresses, hoodies, and dark clothes, and the mood is at zero.
The solution is simple: try to approach shopping from the other side and emphasize your strengths. So self-esteem and mood will go up. And the clothes will “say” only good things about you.
Do not underestimate the print.
In summer, we always want bright colors and prints. But many of them are insidious and can turn a pretty model into an ugly dress.
For example, a large checkerboard or floral print will make the silhouette look flat, stripes stretch the silhouette depending on the position of the fabric, animalistic prints will easily add some years, and blurred halftones will make the silhouette look shapeless. So the possibilities of prints should definitely not be underestimated.
Blindly following trends is a bad idea.
The desire to look fashionable is always there. But all trends must pass through a filter. For example, the spring-summer season was marked by the invasion of “fluffiness” – feathers became one of the main objects of current Fashion Weeks.
But is it worth buying such an ugly dress? Not really. Because of its extravagance, it is not useful in everyday life, and for going out, you can find something more universal. In addition, the life of any trend is short-lived. So why throw your money away?
Take into account your figure parameters
Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is certainly a good thing. But other features of the figure that are not included in these lists definitely should be taken into account. For example, a broad shoulder line should not burden it with frills, ruffles, and sleeves-bouffants, and with too massive hips is not recommended to look for a version with a tutu skirt.
A similar situation with the length. The dress should not end on the widest part of the calves. Otherwise, the image will turn out loaded and massive.
Before your next trip to the store, you should work on your mistakes. Remember that the right approach to shopping affects not only your appearance but also your self-esteem.
Improper choice of underwear
The strap that slipped out at the wrong moment or pulled up the elastic from pantyhose sides – these little things can ruin even the most delightful dress. So try to think through all the smallest details of the image in advance so that such unpleasant nuances do not spoil your evening.
Alternative: think in advance of underwear options for dresses with an unusual cleavage zone, with very thin fabric or a tight silhouette
The deliberate shine of the synthetic fabric
Nothing “cheapens” a look quite like a shiny synthetic dress fabric. If you want to shine, choose metallic colors; if you want tenderness, choose silk dresses with noble shimmering threads; if you want elegance, choose matte fabrics.
Alternatively, if you want to sparkle, choose actively shimmering sequin dresses or the natural shine of natural fabrics.
The dress is overloaded with various decorative elements.
You’ve seen these dresses more than once – on the chest ruffles, on the sleeve – rhinestones and stones, and the bodice is abundantly draped. Do you remember? Now forget about them forever unless you plan to create a deliberately kitschy look. Choose dresses with one accented element of decor, and you can’t go wrong. Choose a dress with elaborate décor.
The dress reveals too much of the body.
There’s a rule of thumb proven over the years – you open your legs, cover your cleavage. If you choose a short sleeveless dress, make sure it’s made of heavy fabric. This kind of “balancing out” always looks more interesting. Try opening up one part of your body.
The failure to respect the socio-cultural specifics of the country
What’s good for Rihanna, is a discussion and hooting on social media. Too transparent and open dress is better left for red carpets. If you can’t do without transparency, choose a more austere cut and/or appropriate lingerie (laconic, without a hint of lace). Consider the cultural sensitivities of the region.
Don’t focus on one style or color.
In order not to make a mistake, do you always choose black? Do you know that blue suits you and that you only wear shades of the sky in all your Instagram photos? Analyze the way you choose a dress and try to move away from the standard scheme. Be open to the recommendations of stylists and consultants, but leave the decision to yourself. You might be surprised to try on an uncharacteristic color or style. Try something out of the ordinary.
Think not only about the dress but imagine the overall picture
If you choose a dress with active decorations, it’s better to forget about bright accent accessories and unusual shoes in order not to overload the image.
When choosing a dress, think about the composition as a whole: what you plan to do with your hair, what jewelry and accessories to choose, and how it will all look together. Or consider all the components of the bow.
11 unique facts about dresses
- The prototype of the clothes we call a dress today is the national garments of ancient Egyptian women. Specifically, the kalaziris, a heel-length shirt created by sewing together two rectangular cloths with openings for the arms and head.
- These days, girls often try to sit on a diet for a week or two before buying a dress. As usual, the most beautiful dresses are rarely sewn in sizes 50+. But in the Middle Ages, the most beautiful and fashionable woman was considered pregnant! And many of them even purposely put pillows under their clothes to look as such. And all because the pregnancy symbolized longevity at a time when war and disease took hundreds, if not thousands, of young lives.
- Do you admire the elegant and always fashionable French women? Do you rightfully consider Milan (Italy) and Paris (France) to be the world’s trendsetters? We do! But it hasn’t always been like that. In the XV-XVI centuries, the civilized world dictated fashion… Sunny Spain dictated the fashion!
- Haven’t you forgotten about pads under your dress? By the end of the XIX century, they had reappeared in ladies’ closets! Only now they were put not on the stomach, but on the butt. During this period, even dresses were made in a style that implied a puffy shape of the hips. And such a silhouette was considered the most attractive. So Kim Kardashian didn’t come up with anything new!
- When planning to buy a dress for a romantic dinner, many girls unknowingly give preference to a little black dress. It really is considered the height of elegance and will never be out of place. Did you know that in the days when Coco Chanel created the very same little black dress, it was not liked by the masses and was not recognized as popular?
- It didn’t last long. Audrey Hepburn’s dress, which she wore during the filming of the movie about the most famous female designer of the twentieth century, was later sold at auction. In 2006, it paid more than 800 thousand dollars. The money received from the man who wished to buy the dress was later donated to charity.
- Designer white dresses these days fascinate many women and men: they seem especially refined and romantic. It’s no coincidence that this color was chosen even for sewing wedding gowns. But it was not always like this. A few centuries ago, it was believed that “colorless” (white, unpainted) outfits were worn only by commoners.
- The cost of the world’s most expensive women’s dress was $12 million. This record has not been broken to this day. The unique outfit was created by Rene Strauss, a famous American designer serving stars and the wealthiest people. He worked in Beverly Hills. The dress was decorated with hundreds of real diamonds with a unique cut.
- With the growing popularity of designer outfits, it’s hard enough to surprise anyone with the look of a dress. Many have indeed turned to materials. The world recorded the facts of creating clothes from sugar, tea bags, rubber bands, helium balloons, computer motherboards, real chocolate, cakes, chips used to play in casinos, jelly beans, plain paper, broken dishes, fresh flowers, and even sports car tires!
- At the end of the eighteenth century and throughout the nineteenth century, women in the British Empire strictly followed mourning etiquette. The clothing was supposed to show the rest of the world how long ago the family had suffered a loss and how ready the lady was to have contact with other people. For two years, all the outfits in the closet were exclusively black. A heavy veil testified to the depth of her sadness.
The so-called half-mourning was observed for the last six months of those two years. Afterward, women were allowed to wear lighter and more dressy fabrics such as silk or velvet. Ladies preferred muted colors: gray, purple, and violet. Particularly strict rules reigned during the reign of Queen Victoria, who herself wore mourning for her husband for the rest of her days.
- It is believed that in past centuries ladies tried to dress more modestly than modern fashionistas. However, the details that, in our opinion, existed to conceal the female body – puffy skirts and scarves adorning the neckline – in fact, seemed provocative and vulgar to others.
Furthermore, the abundance of expensive fabrics deliberately demonstrated a lady’s wealth and high social status, which at that time was considered indecent. For this reason, low, uncovered cleavage indicated a girl’s modesty, not promiscuity.