Why Shape Is More Crucial Than Size!

Do you have an upcoming formal event that requires a stunning look?

Formal dresses or Ball gowns off-the-rack can’t give you that flattering fit unless you get lucky. This is common ground for many women after all. Before enlightening you on a way to get a perfect custom fit and look, here are some smart tips and tricks beyond the ordinary and what you’ve all heard so far. Let’s value shape over anything else!

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Body shape insecurities usually hit their highest when it’s time for you to dress up. Your figure might be curvy or skinny, normal or petite, yet your reflection at the mirror is often less than what you wanted. Usual areas of concern are your legs, bust and midriff as well as your arms and neck length. All you need to do is show ‘some skin’ without exposing problematic areas, and secondly get closer to the ‘hourglass’ shape that is regarded as optimum. Let’s explain body shapes and come up with custom solutions. Keep in mind that your clothes need to fit well and never inhibit your motion or hide your figure.


Your top-heavy silhouette with round torso, narrow hips and not a very clearly defined waistline should be elongated through the use of A-line mini dresses, monochromes, and empire necklines. To camouflage your broad shoulders, opt for V-necks and long sleeves. Most of your dresses should be slightly roomy, above-knee-length tunics, and most of the accessories should be small and subtle.


Half of you belong to this body shape, meaning your waistline is equal to your hip circumference creating what we call a ‘tube’ or ‘column’ silhouette. To make this boyish frame look curvier, you need to cinch in the waist with belts while also volumizing bust and hips with frills, ruffles, pleats and rich textures. Dresses that flatter you most are those with peplums, sweetheart necklines, full skirts, large-scale prints and the 50’s silhouette. Avoid geometric details and baggy styles.


If you are bottom-heavy, you need to enhance your bust with rich texture at the top section of your dress, push-up bras and off-the-shoulder necklines. You also have to fake narrower hips with darker shades and subtler motifs at the bottom part of your dress, as well as a fit-and-flair silhouette. Layer over your black-tie or cocktail dress a structured jacket or a fluffy stole. A silk dress will flow over your hips without accentuating them even more.


This athletic figure with broad shoulders and very narrow waist/hips area requires great volume at the bottom part of your dress. It means frills and flared skirts as well as bright and vivid prints with large-scale motifs. And, no more volume at the top; better make it simple and linear.


Dress this coveted silhouette of tiny waistline and feminine curves with bodycon dresses and bias-cut evening gowns. Keep as rule of thumb a fitted top and a not-that-much-flared bottom. Dresses with cut-outs showing some midriff and those with plunging neckline or thigh-high slit are enhancing this image. During the daytime you can also opt for a wrap dress.


Your cute frame will look slender and taller through the use of mini dresses and prints with vertical motifs. Slightly flared hemlines way above knee-length will elongate your legs. Avoid floor-sweeping dresses and layering.

Taking such parameters into consideration, you can easily design your own custom dress at Social Order using their online designers 2D platform letting you create the perfect style and fit for any occasion.


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