Things to Consider when Shopping for a Dress
Clothes don’t make the (wo)man, but let’s be honest: we all feel better when we wear something that fits perfectly. When we look our best is when we feel the most confident, and our clothes play a vital role here. That said, shopping for clothes isn’t always easy, especially when it comes to women’s dresses. In fact, there’s a whole science behind finding the right dress, and there are a number of things to consider. Below, a couple of tips to help you get started.
Aim for the right size and fit
Imagine finding the ideal dress, buying it, and then coming home only to find out it’s not the right size. The truth is, there’s really no point in wearing a dress that doesn’t fit you well. This is why knowing your body measurements and size is essential when shopping for a dress. Keep in mind, though, that not all types of dresses will fit all types of body shapes. Figure out what yours is and then look for what’s suitable. If it doesn’t fit perfectly, you can always tailor it to help elevate your look.
Pay attention to dress design
With so many designs to choose from, it can be quite challenging to narrow down your options. The best approach to take would be to consider the nature of the event you’re attending. Dressing up for a dinner date is a lot different from getting ready for a college party, and you need to find a dress that’s appropriate and functional. Luckily, MODA designs have got you covered for both occasions and more. Mini, wrap, cocktail, or pencil dress? That’s up to you to decide.
Consider dress quality
Not all dresses are made the same way. Higher-quality dresses tend to cost a bit more, but they last longer and don’t shrink, or fade, or lose shape. Cheaper dresses, on the other hand, come with the risk of being low-quality. Of course, you may not be able to check the dress quality if you’re shopping online. In that case, the price could be a good indicator of whether the dress is well-made. Remember, if the price is too good to be true, it probably is, so you might as well skip it instead of wasting your money.
Take fabric into account
Speaking of quality, dress material is a large indicator of whether the item is high-quality and made to last. The thing is, women often get swept away by the beautiful design, pattern, or fit of the dress that they disregard the fabric. Not only do cheap fabrics feel awkward and uncomfortable, but some women are also allergic to them. Also, not all fabrics are appropriate for all occasions, so keep that in mind when hunting for that perfect dress.
Reach for the right colors and patterns
There’s a big difference between a dress that looks fine and a dress that looks flattering. Colors and patterns play a vital role in determining how the dress looks on you. Some of them can make you appear thinner or taller, while others make you look broader or shorter. As a general rule, the smaller the print that you’re wearing, the smaller you will appear. Darker colors such as black, navy, and brown have a slimming effect, while lighter colors visually add pounds.
Keep in mind the current season
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it needs to be said. Many women make the mistake of reaching for a dress that’s not exactly in line with the current season. Not only do they compromise on their comfort, but wearing weather-inappropriate clothes also makes them look weird. No matter how trendy the dress is or how attractive it makes you feel – if it doesn’t go with the season (e.g. a backless dress in winter), it’s better you leave it for some other occasion and wear something more appropriate and comfortable instead.
Factor in the price of the dress
Last but not least, let’s talk about the dress price. Ideally, the dress that catches your eye will be versatile, high-quality, and appropriate for multiple occasions. Even if you’re buying a dress for one specific occasion, you want to make sure that it’s worth the price. Your emotional state will inevitably influence your purchase decision, but let’s not forget that it’s also a financial decision that you’re making. Therefore, it needs to be an economical one as well.
Shopping for a dress doesn’t have to be tiresome or difficult. Sometimes, all you need is a couple of pointers to send you in the right direction. Keep these tips in mind next time you head to a dress store and you can rest assured you’ll be making your sartorial decisions with confidence.