I am one of the few women who prefer to wear simple but comfortable clothing than fashionable one. My everyday wardrobe is just a plain t-shirt plus pants and flip flops or rubber shoes. This love for comfortable clothing started when I left the corporate world and decided to be a stay at home mom. The reason is obvious, I felt that I didn’t need to dress up anymore.
Unfortunately, I am quite used on wearing simple kinds of clothing now that I find it hard to find something to wear when I need to attend a blogger’s event or special occasions that needs a dress code.
It is even harder on my part because I am not petite. I am overweight and I need to wear dresses that will suit my body type.
According to my research here are the things I need to consider when choosing clothes to wear (via: www.wikihow.com)
- Buy the right size. Clothes that are too tight will show every flaw and excess pound your body has, and clothes that are too baggy will make it look heavier than you actually are. Only clothes that fit you properly will flatter you.
- Avoid clingy clothes. Tight, Spandex-like material will cling to your body and show every roll and fold you have. When you want to look skinnier, You should aim to draw attention away from excess fat, not show it.
- Introduce a little black into your wardrobe. Black has a slimming effect and can look especially nice on trousers, skirts, and dresses. Do not overdo it, however. Too much black can easily create a drab, depressing look, so you should pair it with other colors.
- Look for bold colors and patterns. Bold patterns can distract the eye and camouflage your outline, causing the observer to notice the item of clothing instead of your size. Choose patterns in bright or deep colors, though, since patterns in light colors may actually draw further attention to your imperfections and make you look larger.
- Try monochromatic color schemes. Large blocks of solid color draw the eye up and down rather than side to side. As a result, the eye takes in more height than width, causing you to appear thinner and taller. Try wearing a dress in a solid color or a deep blue top with dark wash jeans.
- Stock up on v-neck tops, V-necks and other vertical necklines draw the eye up and down, elongating and narrowing your torso. Avoid horizontal necklines, like crew necks and boat necks, since these may make your shoulders and bust look wider.
- Opt for vertical details and avoid horizontal details. Think pinstripes, pleats, and vertical zippers, and avoid horizontal stripes or rows of embellishments. Vertical details prompt the eye to look up and down instead of side to side, which helps create the illusion of slenderness.
- Look for A-line, knee-length skirts. A-line skirts are fitted at the hip and upper thigh, but flare out toward the knee, creating a balanced look that prevents your legs from looking thick and top heavy. Knee-length skirts are the most universally flattering, but many mid-calf styles may also work well depending on your height.
- Hide problem areas. For instance, if you carry excess weight in your stomach, look for tunics and wrap tops that glide over your stomach without drawing attention to it. Lean toward clothing that carefully masks your problem areas without adding too much bulk.
- Try a high heel or platform. High heels make your leg look long and lean, and a leaner-looking leg helps create a leaner look overall. If you have a wider foot, you can also wear a short platform without making your foot look too chunky or out of proportion.
With these tips in mind, and because I need to look for a casual chic dress for an upcoming event next month, I have visited Zalora.
Here are some of the dresses that fits the criteria I was looking for.
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