Finding Your Most Flattering Dress Style
’Tis the season for weddings and graduations, which means you might very well be seeking out flattering dresses for mature women! I love a good party, event, or gathering, but deciding what to wear can easily be the most stressful part.
There are a lot of factors worth considering when looking for a party dress, including color, price, length, and so on. But for women such as myself with “mature figures,” it helps to first consider the shape or style of the dress. Because a dress that flatters your figure will ensure you not only look great, but feel confident too!
So for the benefit of my fellow older ladies out there, I thought we’d take a look at 3 of the most flattering dresses for mature women in this post. After reading this post, you’ll know exactly what to look for when you’re shopping for a dress for a special event! :-)
The 3 Most Flattering Dresses For Mature Women
Picking out the most flattering dress style for yourself depends on your shape and personal style. And once you know the shape of dress that looks best on you, the rest is just picking out your favorite colors and accessories — you know, the fun stuff!
Read on to discover the most flattering dresses for us middle aged and older ladies with more “mature figures”.
1. The Sheath Dress
The sheath dress is a long, lean, body-hugging style that enhances your curves and defines your waist. It is sleek, classy, and works for nearly any occasion! Michelle Obama is well-known for frequently sporting sophisticated sheath dresses.
You may be on your feet for hours, so a pump with a low heel looks great without the pain!
Choose a sheath dress if…
- you have an hourglass figure. This dress will really show it off!
- you have a straight or thick waist. A sheath dress can help define and enhance your waist.
Sheath dresses can be tricky if…
- you have unique body proportions.
- you have a large tummy.
2. The Shift Dress
It’s easy to get “shift” confused with “sheath” when it comes to dresses, but they couldn’t be more different from each other! Shift dresses hang loosely from the shoulders and fall straight down to the knee area. These dresses can have a variety of sleeve types and necklines, and they give off a casual, relaxed vibe.
A loose shift dress can be great for covering areas of concern around your waist or hips! Shift dresses can also be a great choice for summer events like weddings because they tend to be nice and cool, especially if you choose a light cotton or rayon.
My favorite part of shift dresses is how comfortable they are! I could easily wear a shift dress all day and not feel the need to change into something comfier. (I can’t say the same for the shoes I wore in these photos, but on the other hand, I’ve never been able to say that about any pair of heels!) :-)
Choose a shift dress if…
- you have a boyish, rectangular shape.
- you’d like to de-emphasize your midsection, hips, or thighs.
Shift dresses can be tricky if…
- they’re too baggy, since that might make you look shapeless.
- they’re too short. Throw on a pair of tights or leggings under the shift dress for an easy fix!
3. The Fit-And-Flare Dress
The fit-and-flare style is one of the most consistently popular dress silhouettes, and for good reason! This dress has a fitted top, a defined waist, and a flared skirt. The fit-and-flare dress is a favorite for many women (including me!) because of its very flirty and feminine shape! It’s the most flattering dress style for a variety of figures!
This fit-and-flare dress ensemble is so fun to wear, and it’s as comfortable as it is cute!
Choose a fit-and-flare dress if…
- you want to balance out a large bust. The wide skirt can create more of an hourglass silhouette!
- you want to draw attention away from your hips and thighs.
Fit-and-flare dresses can be tricky if…
- you want a sophisticated look. Certain lengths and patterns can create a vibe that is more “little girl” than “grown woman.”
What styles of dresses do you usually gravitate toward?