Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fabric selection and pattern choice are key when selecting formal dress

"Given the wide variety of fabrics and colors, finding the perfect dress can be overwhelming. But InStyle magazine recently compiled a short list of basic style rules to follow when shopping.

The right fabric may be key to a flawless ensemble, and women should pay attention to two components - weight and movement. "If a fabric is too stiff, it can look boxy - too thin, and it may cling to every bulge," the publication reports, adding that cotton blended with silk is typically a good choice.

Investing in pieces constructed from high-quality material may be worth it. According to the magazine, cheaper cloths tends to be less flattering, whereas formal dresses made from quality fabric may look better, last longer and hold their shape.

Patterned formal dresses can look great, but the type of print can influence the frock's impact. Women who don't want to make a bold statement should opt for tonal patterns, like pink on red, as the news source states that combinations such as those attract less attention. Ladies looking for a slimming effect, however, should opt for a pattern with a darker background.

By selecting the right fabric and print, any woman can look flawless in a formal dress. And with these tips, shopping for the gown will be a breeze."

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