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There are a lot of reasons you may want to buy a new dress. Perhaps you do not think you have enough dresses already in your closet or you need to replace one that no longer works. You might also have an upcoming special occasion to attend or be starting a new job. Identifying the reason you are buying the dress can help you start to pick one. However, there are also a lot of other ways to choose a dress. Let’s start by digging into your dress options.
Dresses Come in Many Different Fits
Selecting a dress by fit is one option you have. For instance, a bodycon dress is form-fitting. If you are looking for a looser, more comfortable style, a shift dress or a wrap dress might be right for you. You also have to think about how the fit of the dress will work with the weather where you live or the general environment in which you work. A sleeveless halter dress, for example, can keep you cool in the summer.
Dress Fabric Selection is Always Vital
Choosing a dress made with a fabric you like is a vital part of dress selection. A fabric that is uncomfortable means you may not wear the dress often. Similarly, a dress that is hard to clean will never be a go-to dress to wear all the time. You might drag it out of the closet for an event, but other than that it will be closet clutter. Always choose a fabric you are happy with and know you will wear again and again.
Length Also Matters When Picking a Dress
You also have to think about length when picking a dress. The length you choose can affect your comfort level. It also needs to match the uses the dress is likely to have. For example, when shopping for a dress to wear to a club, a dress with a short skirt might be fine. However, some midi styles might be more appropriate for less casual purposes. Although, midi dresses that hang below your knees can be casual or formal at times, depending on their styles. Cocktail dresses, maxi dresses, and other lengths also have their own benefits and drawbacks worth thinking about.
Your height is also a factor when choosing a dress length. Some dress lengths are considered the same but have some variations. That is particularly true of midi dresses. Selecting a dress that is just the right length for you within the category is helpful. Concealing or showing your legs more can influence how tall you look in your chosen dress.
Making Yourself Happy with Helpful Hemlines
Another thing to think about is the hemline of any dress you may want to buy. It could be even all the way around or asymmetrical. It can also be separated by a slit to show off your legs. The embellishments around a hemline can include everything from lace to sequins. To make sure your dress will last a long time, look for a hemline that is well sewn and unlikely to snag easily.
Make Dress Shopping an Economical Success
Economics should always play into your dress shopping experience. You can find great dresses at discount prices, if you take the time to look. To make sure the money you spend goes as far as possible, only buy a dress you intend to wear a lot. Use your other favorite clothing for inspiration. For example, if your closet contains a lot of one color you enjoy, opt for a dress featuring that color. You can also pick a dress that already goes with shoes or accessories you have at home.
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