Choosing a Dress for Your Body Type

We all have a pretty good idea of what looks best on us – maybe there is a wrap dress that you feel beautiful in every time you wear, or maybe it’s that floral print chiffon dress you always get complimented on – and gravitate towards certain personal styles.  Since there are so many different shapes and silhouettes on the market when it comes to dresses, we think that having a more in-depth look at dressing for your body type is never a bad idea.

Dress to shape your body torontoIf you are a curvy girl with a tiny waist – Hourglass Shape. 

Your goal is to highlight your curves, not hide them, but accentuating your waist.

Try a wrap dress: the V-neckline is super flattering for your body type and the wrap detail highlights the curve between your waist and your hips.

If you have a slim lower body and carry weight around your middle – Apple Shape

Your goal is to minimize the midsection by highlighting your shoulders and legs.

Try a shift dress: A shift dress lies just far away enough from the body to conceal any problem areas. Most women with apple figures have shapely legs so get your dress tailored to show them off!

If you’re not very curvy and your hips are around the same size as your waist – Banana Shape

Your goal is to highlight the thinnest part of your waist so your bust and hips appear larger.

Try a side cut-out dress: The small cut-outs on the side of the dress work to make you look curvier and the inward pointing lines whittle your waist making it look smaller. Voila! Curves!

If the widest part of your body is around your hips – Pear Shape

Your goal is to elongate and balance your figure by accentuating your top half.

Try an off the shoulder, fit and flare dress: Your bare shoulders will take the attention off of your lower half and the skirt shape is ideal for highlighting the smallest part of your waist and flaring out to conceal wider hips.

Although this guide is meant to help you choose the ideal dress for your shape, always make sure that you are comfortable with what you are wearing. Confidence is the best accessory for any outfit!

Trends for Fall Winter 2017

Fall Womens Clothing TorontoThis upcoming Fall Winter Season is all about celebrating the individuality of style through the large variety of trends waiting to be worn. The catwalks at the FW 2017/2018 shows were full of cozy knits, decorative lines and padding which hint at a turn towards more comfort oriented styling but fashion is retaining its sense of glamour, colour and fun as always.

Red is officially the colour of Fall 2017 with sleek coats and jackets, monochromatic looks and statement accessories being key pieces in many collections.

One of the biggest and most versatile prints this season will be 70’s Plaid, which is a brighter and more colourful take on the plaid that we are used to. Expect to see this look on everything from pants and jackets to classic coats and formal dresses.

A modern twist on the classic cozy knit sweater is exactly what we asked for this season! Wool is broken down and reinterpreted in new and poetic ways, dabbling with fringing, sometimes stretched out and woven into delicate patterns to freshen up your fall staples.

Womens Clothing Toronto FW 2017The new trend for women’s business suits this season is grey! We love how crisp and professional the look is – styled up tailoring for business women straight from the office or on their way out.

Black and beige – this inky duo lights up the night in a dual chromatic look of the two chicest colours. Gorgeous on their own, but perfectly paired together.

It seems that square shoulders are here to stay this season with many suit jackets and coats using shoulder pads to create new forms of silhouettes and shapes.

Jackets will be under the spotlight so learning how to wear and pair them will be essential this fall. Wear them with a little denim jacket underneath or as a dress with a belt around your waist for something fresh and different. Jackets are this seasons’ must-have.

One of the coolest trends this Fall Winter season is layering, with regular fashion rules being discarded by pairing sweaters over tailored jackets, turtlenecks under pretty much everything, and dainty tulle or lace under sleeveless tops or dresses. This season the more daring you get, the cooler you will be.

Another popular trend will be wearing dresses (long or short) with pants underneath. This has been common among influencers and bloggers for a while now so it is great to see that this look is finding ways into our closets.

Wide waist belts are making a comeback this season in all of the right proportions and they are perfect to refine your outerwear.

How to Take Your Look from Office to Evening Wear

These days our schedules are so packed with work, family priorities, social engagements, meetings, parties and dates – not to mention those moments of personal leisure from time to time – that the last thing we want to do is be fussing over our hair, makeup and clothing all day.  Being able to take your look from office to evening with a few quick touch-ups will save a lot of time and keep you looking stylish and put together.

Womens Office Wear Toronto
The solution is to take a few key items in your bag with you to work, ready to change into at the end of the day, mixed with what you are already wearing.

If your starting point is a suit, the easiest way to change your look is to wear a different top. Have you been wearing a shirt all day? Have you been wearing a shirt all day? Switch into a soft chiffon, stretch lace, or a pretty floral blouse to feel elegant and dressed.

If you are used to wearing comfortable shoes to the office, slip into a pair of high-heeled pumps, sandals or ankle boots at the end of the day, and you’ll be dressed for dinner out, or dancing and partying.

Change your skirt from something business-like and serious to one in a fabric that feels festive, like an embroidered, satin, brocade or lace texture to overhaul your look.

Black Dress Evening Wear Toronto
A dress is another quick winner because it can usually fold up small into your bag and drastically change your look.  Match your dress to your jacket in the morning before work to ensure that your look is seamless when you change for the evening. Bring your little black dress for a classic and chic style, or try some funky prints and patterns for a fun and flirty look.

Jewellery is another life saver when it comes to quickly revamping your look.  Statement bracelets and necklaces (wear one or the other) can instantly make your clothes look new and a shot of colour will electrify a somber work outfit.  Likewise, a pair of earrings will brighten up your face and make your outfit appear dressier and more put together.

Bonus tip: Leave your large work tote at the office and move your essentials into a stylish evening bag.

All you need now is an extra slick of lip gloss, a spray of your favourite perfume and a quick mist of hairspray and you are on your way out of the office and ready for a fabulous night out.

In The News: Canadian Fashion Talent – Franco Mirabelli

We heart Franco Mirabelli! Regarded as one of Canada’s most successful and enduring fashion designers (for good reason: he “gets” women . . . what they like and what looks good on them), Franco places high priority on luxurious European fabrics and precise tailoring. We recently had a Q&A session with the charming designer behind his eponymous brand. Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about Franco!

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