Summer Dress Guide for Every Body Shape For Women Over 50

Summer Dress Guide for Every Body Shape For Women Over 50

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It’s the perfect time to refresh your wardrobe with beautiful dresses that not only keep you cool but also flatter your unique body shape. 

Whether you’re planning a garden party, a beach vacation, or just a day out with friends, the right summer dress can make you feel confident and stylish. 

Let’s explore how to choose the best summer dresses for different body types: pear, apple, hourglass, inverted triangle, and rectangle.

Pear Shape

If you have a pear-shaped body, your hips are wider than your shoulders and bust. The goal is to balance your silhouette by drawing attention to your upper body.

Summer dress tips for pear body shapes:

  • A-Line Dresses: These dresses are fitted at the top and flare out from the waist, skimming over the hips and thighs.

  • Off-the-Shoulder or Boat Necklines: These styles broaden the shoulders and create balance.

  • Bold Prints and Details on the Upper Body: Look for dresses with embellishments, ruffles, or vibrant patterns on the top half.

Try: A floral A-line dress with an off-the-shoulder neckline to highlight your shoulders and balance your proportions.

READ ALSO: Body Type: How To Dress Using Measurements

Apple Shape

Apple-shaped bodies carry weight around the midsection with slimmer legs and arms. The aim is to create definition at the waist and elongate the torso.

Dress tips for apple shapes

  • Empire Waist Dresses: These dresses cinch just under the bust and flow outward, camouflaging the midsection.

  • V-Necklines: A V-neck draws the eye downward and creates the illusion of a longer torso.

  • Shift Dresses: Loose, straight-cut dresses that skim over the midsection without clinging.

Try: A chic empire waist dress in a solid color with a deep V-neckline to draw attention upwards and elongate your figure.

READ ALSO: BODY TYPE: How To Dress For An Apple Body Type

Hourglass Shape

Hourglass figures have a well-defined waist with bust and hips of similar width. The goal is to highlight your curves without adding bulk.

Summer dress tips for hourglass shapes

  • Wrap Dresses: These dresses accentuate the waist and enhance your natural curves.

  • Fitted Sheath Dresses: Tailored to hug your body, these dresses showcase your figure beautifully.

  • Belted Dresses: Dresses with belts or tie waists emphasize your slim waist.

Try: A wrap dress with a striking pattern to showcase your curves in a sophisticated way.

READ ALSO: How To Dress For Your Body Type | HOURGLASS!

Inverted Triangle Shape

An inverted triangle body shape features broad shoulders and a narrower waist and hips. The objective is to balance your shoulders with your lower body.

Dress tips for inverted triangle shapes:

  • A-Line Dresses: These help add volume to the lower body, balancing broader shoulders.

  • V-Neck and Scoop Necklines: These necklines soften broad shoulders.

  • Details on the Lower Half: Look for dresses with patterns, ruffles, or other embellishments around the hips.

Try: A V-neck A-line dress with a playful print on the skirt to draw attention downward and create balance.

READ ALSO: How To Dress For Your Body Type | INVERTED TRIANGLE

Rectangle Shape

Rectangle body shapes have a more athletic build with a waist that isn’t well-defined. The goal is to create the illusion of curves.

Dress tips for rectangle shapes

  • Belted Dresses: Dresses with belts or waist-cinching designs create the appearance of a defined waist.

  • Ruffled and Layered Dresses: These add volume and dimension, creating curves.

  • Fit-and-Flare Dresses: Fitted at the top and flaring out at the waist, these dresses add the illusion of an hourglass figure.

Try: A fit-and-flare dress with a statement belt to define your waist and add feminine curves.

Closing Thoughts

Understanding your body shape can help you choose styles that enhance your natural beauty.

Remember that these are only tips and not rules! Being comfortable and confident in your dress is the most important thing. Have fun trying on different styles, and love what makes you look and feel great.

Keep in mind that fabric is key! Go for lightweight, breathable materials like cotton or linen to beat the heat.

Don’t forget to add accessories to your summer dress! A scarf, statement necklace, or pair of sandals can add personality to your look.

Happy summer shopping!

About me

Schellea Fowler, the visionary founder of Fabulous50s, brings over three decades of small business leadership and expertise to her legacy. Not only has she excelled personally, but she has also become a mentor, generously sharing her wealth of experience with emerging entrepreneurs. After retiring at 50 in 2016, Schellea’s commitment to continuous growth led her to pursue additional qualifications. A qualified fitness instructor, she is presently continuing her master trainer program, specializing in exercise for older adults. Through Fabulous50s, Schellea remains devoted to her vision of empowering and inspiring women to embrace and celebrate their current stage of life. Her additional qualifications include: Neuro Athletics Coaching Certificate (NACC) from Neuro Athletics, Meditation Teacher Training from Yoga Coach, Fashion Styling from the Australian Style Institute, and Advanced Personal Colour Analysis from AOPI.
Above all, Schellea’s mission is simple yet profound: to support women in embracing the aging process with confidence and grace.

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