Wrap Dress

An extremely versatile and timeless style that tends to flatter curvy women rather than boyish shapes. The wrap dress crosses over underneath the bust, with the skirt falling gently below, whittling down the waist and camouflaging the stomach. The wrap dress usually has cross over ties that can be adjusted to suit the different bust [...]

Trapeze Dress

Also known as a tent or sack, this is a dress that’s shaped like a trapezoid with the cut jutting out and away from the body. “Depending on the degree of jut, the effect can be subtly architectural or thoroughly over-the-top,” says the Washington Post. To qualify as a trapeze dress the cut must be [...]

Toga Dress

Also known as the goddess dress, the toga brings femininity back into fashion. Worn as a mini, knee length or maxi, this Greco-Roman trend is one of the few dress trends which really flatters older women. These one shoulder, flowing styles are favored by such celebrities as Kate Blanchette and Katie Holmes.

Tea Dress

Traditionally worn by ladies who took afternoon tea, the classic floral print tea dress suits almost any figure. Calf-length and floaty, it can hide numerous lumps and bumps.

Smock Dress

This figure-friendly smock style will cover all manner or lumps and bumps. Once the domain of pregnant women, if you don’t want to look as if you are expecting then “go for a light, fluid fabric that doesn’t add bulk to your shape”, recommends Shop Til You Drop, December 2007 edition in their feature,“Smock Value”. [...]


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. It may have darts or curve slightly inward at the waist and is often in a lightweight fabric such as silk or cotton. Good for curvy, hour-glass figures, “This short (mid-calf [...]


This timeless classic is one of the most versatile dress styles. Tailored enough for business and sexy enough for eveningwear. A sophisticated classic black shift is the all time little black dress. Very Audrey Hepburn. Bigger-busted women should avoid a high neck, and go for a lower, wider neck to break up the line between [...]


A figure-friendly dress-style for all shapes and sizes. Floaty and feminine, covering hips, tums and bums. Avoid voluminous skirts if you are petite and wear a maxi with platform shoes or wedges to lengthen the silhouette.


This covers a wide range of styles but basically denotes a short dress, above the knee. 2008 sees a real contrast of styles are both the mini and the maxi vie for a place on the copy-catwalks of the high-street. Pair a mini dress with wedges or flats. More mature women should balance out the [...]


The kaftan is the universal cover-up on the beach. Long or short sleeved it has re-emerged as a fashion icon, “swamping the sarong and overpowering the pareo to become the mainstay of the holiday wardrobe.” says It can also be worn as a tunic top over skinny jeans or a full length glamorous gown [...]