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Real Style is Never Right or Wrong, It’s a matter of being yourself on Purpose

Clothes are one of the primary needs of the Human race. They not cover and protect our body but tell a story – Story of our life, our personality and our character. Being well dressed must not be just a social norm but part of our personality.

As per your opinion on Instagram, today we are talking about the Dresses. Ladies, be ready to get a comprehensive guide on types of dresses and occasions where they can be worn. A friendly disclaimer – I don’t even pretend to be an expert. I am just a tech-nerd, one of you who happens to love dresses even when the cold temperature of her beautiful country does not allow her to wear them all the time.

Your suggestion, opinions and knowledge are more than welcome. So without further ado, let us dive into this.

Types of Dresses

To keep the things simple and sweet we will be classifying dresses on the basis of their Cut and length. Let us start with Dress Cuts


An A-line skirt is a skirt that is fitted at the hips and gradually widens towards the hem, giving the impression of the shape of a capital letter A. The most common style usually has knee or below knee length.


The most common type of Asymmetric Dress features a high-low hemline or neckline. Usually the dresses are either sleeveless or have one shoulder.


A figure hugging silhouette of this dress features a crisscross style.


As suggested by the name, the bodice part of the dress bit fluffy with a high, tucked waistline, which creates a draped, flowing silhouette.


An extra layer of cloth is attached to the dress bodice either falling elegantly over your arms and upper body or hanging at the back of the shoulders like super-man’s outfit.


A sleeveless dress with straps that can be tied behind the neck. This dress looks more stylish with a backless style.


A collarless jumper that can worn over a blouse or sweater or top.  Also known as dungarees.


A small ruffled piece of cloth attached to the waistline of the dress to highlight the silhouette.


The most common and practical dress style – Sheath is fitted, straight cut dress that is often nipped at the waistline with no waist seam and usually falls up to knee or below knee.


Another very common and practical style is shift – a short dress that hangs straight down from the shoulders with clean, simple lines.


Shirt Dress has the structure of button down shirts with front closure.


Short version of A-Line, Skater is a short dress with a fitted waist and a skirt that flares into an A-line shape.


A wrap dress is a dress with a front closure formed by wrapping one side across the other, and knotting the attached ties that wrap around the back at the waist or fastening buttons. This forms a V-shaped neckline and hugs the wearer’s curves.

And the Length of the Dress can be:

Classfying Dresses on the basis of their lengths

The Big What and When

The biggest dilemma we ladies face getting dressed up is the question, “What should I wear”? Speaking from personal experience, the question arises because most of the time we are not sure of what sort of outfit would be suitable for that occasion!

For this first of we need to determine what sort of the occasion it is: Casual, semi-Formal, Formal, Business.

Casual: When you are running errands of daily routines, going out with friends for a walk or having an ice-cream with your kids in the supermarket. One can go from tank-top and short to Shirt, shift and sheath dress anytime when the occasion demands casual. Casual choices usually depend upon weather, indoor and outdoor settings.

Semi-Formal: On occasions where dressing to nine is not required but we cannot show up wearing our Favourite jeans or comfortable and cosy shift dress. A lunch business meeting, parent-teacher association meeting, going to church service, meeting your boyfriend’s family, a cocktail party, job interview or a regular office day. A shirt, sheath, A-line, Wrap, Bandage, Maxi and Peplum Dresses are the options.

Key is the silhouette of the dress should be enhancing your personality not drowning you in the mass of fabric. Neither tight nor too loose, Go for perfect fit.

Formal: Wedding receptions, black-tie or white-tie events, Opera night, and dinner with business associates are the few occasions of formal events. Here the selection of the dress depends upon the time. If it is a day event a tea-length dress either A-line, sheath or Peplum can be our best friends. Like, wear a sheath or peplum for dinner with business associates. A-line can be chosen for a cocktail party at night. For evening depending upon the dress code, you can go for Gown having halter neckline or fitted bodice. The volume of the skirt will impact the overall look hugely so choose wisely.

Play with Fashion to define your style, stick to it and improve with time.

In the end never forget the comfort of your outfit, whatever you wear the first and the most important note is one should be feeling comfortable to carry the outfit confidently. Modesty is never out of trend. Another blast from my past, we don’t learn anything in one day!! Learning takes time, patience and discipline!! Have Fun Dressing Up and let me know your thoughts. 🙂

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