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Dress: Loft (now on sale) | Jacket: Target Who What Wear | Necklace: Loft | Ring: Stella & Dot (sold out) | Bracelet: Nordstrom (similar) | Bag: Old Navy | Sandals: Cob Hill (similar) | Lipstick: Wet n Wild (Smokin Hot Pink)
Drop waist dresses are a favorite of mine. They are great for covering the midsection and are non-constricting. They do have the stigma of only working for certain body types, but with my tips, it can work for you.
I have never been one to follow fashion rules, but I do try to dress for my body type. I have an athletic build, broad shoulders, and just shy of 5’4″. I’m narrow through the hips with a large bust and midsection. I usually stick to fabrics that drape nicely, such as silk or chiffon. Sometimes I still wear items that are not the most flattering, just because I like them. The drop waist dress is one of those pieces. It’s just so girly. I can’t resist.
Tips for Wearing the Drop Waist Dress
Slender – the drop waist dress is ideal for those who are slender with a small bust and hips. This type of dress allows you to show off your toned arms, collarbone, and legs. You can wear yours fitted or loose, but if you’re petite, a loose cut will overwhelm your frame.
Apple Shape – if you carry weight in your midsection, this dress does a great job of minimizing this area. Be sure to avoid those that are more fitted through the waist. While a longer hemline may give you the appearance of a longer torso, it will also make your legs look shorter (stick to a short hemline).
Hourglass & Pear Shape – the drop waist dress places a strong emphasis on the hips. Choose one that is slim through the waist and has strong details along the neckline. This will pull the attention away from your hips.
Plus size – if you carry your weight in the midsection or are straight up and down, this dress will flatter. Opt for one that is loose fitting with a waist that falls low in the hips. This will elongate your figure and show off your legs.
How I Wear the Drop Waist
I am wearing a chambray drop waist dress in a petite medium. I went with a smaller dress size than my norm (I usually wear a large) and chose petite instead of regular. If you’re on the shorter side, always check out the petite section, even if you’re curvy.
The jacket is another score from the Target Who What Wear Collection. See all my WWW looks from this past month. The bag was a major score from Old Navy. They seriously have the best handbag selection! Don’t take my word for it, check it out after you finish reading this post. My shoes are Cob Hill and the cute necklace is from Loft (my kryptonite).
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Lindsay @LindsayLiving says
Great tips!! I am totally in love with this whole outfit, too! I want to go try on that darling dress and those shoes!!!
Aww, thanks Lindsay! You’re so sweet. This outfit would look great on you.
You look adorable. love the dress and sandals