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Information on Style lines

These details are only basic information to give you a better overview. Most of the information can and will vary when put together with other style details, lines, designs, patterns and fabrics.

A style line will allow you to create the illusion of balance and proportion with basic knowledge of some important style lines.

  1. Enhance, alter or conceal the actual contour lines of your body.

  2. Created by the basic outline of the garment such as a sheath, A-line, etc.

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Waistless Style Line

Waistless
  1. Contains no waistline

  2. Has ability to make you appear taller and thinner by hiding the waistline and minimizing a broad figure.

A-Line Style Line

A-Line Style Line
  1. Contains no waistline

  2. Has ability to make you appear taller and thinner by hiding the waistline and minimizing a broad figure.

High-Waisted Style Line

High-Waisted Style Line
  1. Serves to make the upper body appear shorter while broadening and emphasizing waist area.

  2. Makes your leg line appear longer.

  3. Camouflages the tummy.

Low-Waisted Style Line

Low-Waisted Style Line
  1. Tends to broaden the hip area.

  2. Makes the figure appear long waisted by lowering the waistline.

Waistline Style Line

Waistline Style Line
  1. Benefit of making an average figure appear well proportioned.

  2. Enhances natural waistline whether medium, thick or small.

  3. Should be used with caution by any person with a high, low or wide-waist body because of the focus it brings to that area.

Empire Line

Empire Line
  1. Typical of 17th century ladies, low cut dress with a high waist line and short bodice

  2. A high-waisted seam that sits directly underneath the bust line

  3. Good for shorter, petite figures and those with big tums as the empire dress creates the illusion of length and skims the body, camouflaging wide hips or a thick waist.

  4. A flattering style for almost any body shape, but women with a shorter body and longer legs or who have a short waist and bigger bust should stay away from this line and shape.

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Mini Dress

Mini Dress
  1. Denotes a short dress, above the knee.

  2. You need to have a good pair of nicely shaped legs in order to wear it.

  3. Also, it should be appropriate to occasion and age.

  4. No good for women with big calves, knees and thighs.

Maxi Dress

Maxi Dress
  1. A figure-friendly dress-style for all shapes and sizes. Restrictions depending on sleeve-, neck-, and waist lines.

  2. On the bottom it is floaty and feminine, covering hips, tums and bums.

  3. Avoid voluminous skirts if you are petite, so they don't overpower your scale and height. Wear a maxi with platform shoes or wedges to lengthen the silhouette.

  4. When tall try to avoid a maxi in uni colour or with a straight shape from top to toe. It will not only make you look shapeless but taller too. Try to opt for multi colour maxis e. patterns (opt for medium to big) and have layers in your dress. Visually it will shorten your height.

Shift Line Dress

Shift Line Dress
  1. Tailored enough for business and sexy enough for eveningwear. A sophisticated classic black shift is the all time little black dress.

  2. Not good for pears - it will sit tight on the bottom and loose on top. Also, women with a tiny or long waist should avoid this shape since it will cover up your curves and make you look fuller than you are.

  3. Bigger-busted women should avoid a high neck, and go for a lower, wider neck to break up the line between neck and bust.

Sheath Line Dress

Sheath Line Dress
  1. A sheath dress is a variation on the shift, often with a deep V-neckline. It usually has a defined waist and a figure-hugging silhouette.

  2. Better for curvy figures than straight bodylines. Since it is figure hugging you need to have a well-toned body (neat hourglass) in order to pull it off.

  3. Bad for fuller figures e.g. apples or for women with a rectangle body shape, when the dress has a wrap, is belted or has any waist details.

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