Sexy Summer Dresses For Every Shape

By Stacy Wells — May 31, 2012

Summer is the time to embrace and show off that body in sexy summer dresses! Your first step is to give yourself the ‘once over’ – WITH a positive eye. Every shape has assets and can find sexy summer dresses that accentuate them in just the right way! Here are a few things, highlighted by great summer dresses, to keep in mind no matter what your shape.

Color Blocking & Asymmetrical Hemline Summer Dresses - Exemplified here by Spiegel‘s Long Color Block Handkerchief Hemline Dress ($64.00), color blocking and asymmetrical hemline summer dresses are a good option for most body types. Color blocking draws the eye to the focal point – often the darkest or a different color (or the block that is wider). Buxom babes should choose color blocking carefully. Be sure that there are either small stripes or one color across the chest area of your dress. Those of us who are less well-endowed, look for patterns that accentuate this area with a different color or thicker line. This dress would be good for any upper body shape.

Asymmetrical hemlines are all the rage for this year’s summer dresses. This dress is almost a maxi but stops just short by lifting in the middle and draping to the sides giving the illusion of leg while providing coverage for knees and thighs. This summer dress hemline would be helpful for smaller shapes who may be overwhelmed by the full length maxi. This is a lovely and practical idea – show off your legs but cover your backside…now you can bend over without flashing!

Bare Back Sexy! & Shapely Summer Dresses – Exemplified here by Piperlime’s BCBGeneration Criss Cross Strap Dress ($88.00), this dress is flattering for many shapes. The sweetheart neckline is complimentary to all fruit, apples and pears, as well as shapes, triangles and rectangles alike! (If you’ve followed fashion by now you’ve narrowed yourself down to a fruit or shape depending on where you carry your weight and assets.) The halter is supportive for hourglass and fuller fruit shapes and yet could allow the narrow body type the appearance of curves. The narrowing at the rib-line helps apples and pears get the more hourglass look and the wrap skirt flatters every leg. Bare backs are a must for sexy summer dresses! (Note on prints – smaller ladies be sure to avoid big prints that overwhelm your petite features.)

Fitted then Flared Summer Dresses ~ Exemplified here by Piperlime’s Free People Miles of Lace Dress ($128), this style really does flatter EVERY shape! Find this dress is a multitude of variations of fabrics for any outing. This style makes every shape look taller by showing the leg off with the flirty flowing bottom. The top of this dress is fitted through the mid-line with the flared skirt giving even the most narrow frame some curves yet keeping other body types looking their best in the simplicity of the lines. This dress also has the appearance of sheer, a sexy summer dress focus this year, with a separate silky slip underneath. The two fabrics will move independently and mesmerize your date!

Evening Elegance Sexy Summer Dresses ~ Exemplified here by ASOS’s Mesh Skater Dress With Twist Front (a bargain @ $52.19), choose sexy summer dresses for special occasions that are designed to ‘work it’ all night long! Again, with the sheer accent at the neckline, this dress provides modesty while drawing the eye up your body (great for apples and pears…makes every fruit look appealing!). It is a bit difficult to see but this dress has a twisted fabric look emphasizing a thin empire waste and a-line through the summer dress. This is helpful for most shapes accentuating narrowness while allowing the pretty hips and backside take a background role.

These black beauties are just a few of the sexy summer dresses for every shape. Experiment with the basics of these styles in different shades and fabrics to give you the sexy summer dress that fits your shapely, stylish and stunning self!

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