Choosing a Vintage Dress for Your Body Shape
22 Sep 2016
If you’re looking for a unique dress for a special occasion, opting for a vintage dress is a great option. Not only will you have a great choice to choose from but you’re also making certain that no-one else will be wearing the same thing as you! There’s nothing worse than turning up to a wedding or party to find that someone else is wearing the exact same thing as you. By shopping vintage, you’re removing this risk whilst also finding something utterly unique and completely you.
With all of the different styles, eras and finishes on offer at shops like Rokit, it can be difficult to know which dress is going to suit you. So, here’s a short guide on the styles available and which body types they suit:
A Pear Shape
One of the most flattering styles of dresses for a pear shape body is a 1960’s A-line vintage dress. You should also try to avoid any dresses that finish in the middle of your calf as these can shorten your body. Or opt for a 1970s ensemble that boasts a long skirt and a fitted top as these can elongate your figure and create a stunning silhouette.
An Hourglass Shape
A clinched waist dress is ideal for an hourglass and a 1950’s vintage dress will provide you with this. Accentuating your curves in all of the right places, these dresses play homage to one of fashion’s greatest icons – Marilyn Monroe. 1980’s bodycon vintage dresses are also perfect for hugging your figure and flattering it.
An Apple Shape
If you have an apple shape, you’ll want to draw attention to your bust or legs, and 1930’s, 1960’s or 1970’s dresses are perfect for doing this. Many of the dresses from these eras moved away from accentuating the waist which is great for this body shape.
A Rectangular Shape
This body type is flattered by a 1930’s vintage flapper dress or a 1960’s mod-style dress. They help to flatter the rectangular body shape whilst removing the “boyish” look that some other dresses can create. Avoid 1980’s dresses for this exact reason.
Plus-Size Body Shape
For plus-size dresses, you’ll need to look for one that accentuates the waist and is made for curves, and the 1950’s, 1960’s or 1970’s is a good place to start. Avoid corduroy, tweed or wool fabrics that create a bulky feel to the dress.