Looking for a new dress style that will make you look and feel amazing? Today we focus on 9 different types of dresses that you might like to consider. Whether you’re over 50 or not, these different styles of dresses will suit a range of body types and help you feel super confident and stylish.
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What Are Some Different Types of Dresses?
From the classic A-line dress to the versatile maxi dress, there are specific types of dresses to suit every occasion and your every mood. A shirt dress is always elegant and practical for everyday wear. A sheath dress with its simple lines is fabulous for disguising curves. A midi dress might become a favorite go-to as it can highlight beautiful ankles or indeed trendy ankle boots, and an empire waist dress suits almost every body type.
But as always, I advocate dressing to suit yourself. There are no rules (Check out the post!) There are only suggestions! So have a look at today’s suggestions and cherry pick the best ones for YOU!
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Dressing for your Body Shape
Of course there are so many different types of dresses on the market these days you can really go wild when dressing for your body shape.
Whether you are pear shape, apple shape, rectangle or athletic you also need to consider your lifestyle and the particular occasion you want the dress for, and also the way you’re feeling that day!
I believe that some of the best go-to-dresses for women over 50 can be trimmed down to the 9 types of dresses outlined in this blog post. You don’t need all of them, but one or two which suit your body shape that will last and last, and become favorites in your wardrobe is a good start.
If you want to know how many dresses most women actually own then have a look at this post: How Many Clothes Do I Need and find out what the survey responses were!
9 Types of Dresses Uncovered
So in this blog post, we’ll explore 9 types of dresses in depth, highlighting their unique features and benefits, what occasions you might choose to wear them, and how to style them. From wrap dresses, to A line dresses, shift dresses, sheath dresses, shirt dresses, empire waist dresses, maxi dresses, fit and flare dresses and midi dresses.
If you’re ready to update your wardrobe with a new dress, and step out in style, read on!
The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dressHubert de Givenchy
Dress Style Know How
Tips and Hints About Various Types of Dresses
First of all, let’s look at some sensible but necessary dress style know-how, tips and suggestions.
Everyone should have at least one little black dress in their closet.
A cocktail dress is a semi-formal type of dress that is usually worn at parties and events that take place in the evening, so having a cocktail dress that fits in all the right places is always an excellent choice to keep at the ready in your wardrobe.
It’s typically knee-length and can come in various styles, from sleeveless to long-sleeved, with different necklines and fabrics.
This type of dress is often accessorized with heels, jewelry, and a clutch bag. It can be a really versatile style of dress for evening wear. Go bold and block colored in red or fuschia for a really look-at-me effect, or pick something in a classy floral or geometric print.
Some of the least flattering types of dresses for women over 50 include those that are too tight, revealing, or overly embellished.
Don’t buy a bodycon dress that clings to every curve and emphasizes every bulge. These types of dresses may not be the best choice for older women who may not have the same body shape as they did in their younger years.
Athletic body types might look good in tight t-shirt dresses in stretchy fabric. But I’d say if you are a normal size, carrying a little more weight around or after menopause, then just don’t be tempted to buy one. You probably won’t lose the weight you promise yourself to fit into them.
From my experience, you are most likely always going to have a bit of a midsection weight after menopause so choose a t-shirt dress if you must, but make it one that doesn’t cling.
Do have a few dresses in different lengths that you feel great in. Special occasions call for different types of dresses in varying dress styles from maxis to midis to above the knee styles – and let’s face it, we don’t always want to feel the same about the way we dress every day.
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Dresses with plunging necklines can look inappropriate on mature women. Although you don’t need to go to the extent of a high neckline it does have its own advantages if you want to conceal a wrinkled decolletage and look younger.
While on the subject of looking younger, a mini dress is probably not going to do you many favours unless you are Jean Shrimpton or Brigitte Bardot!
Although if you want to dress younger and shave a few years off the way you present to the world, then certain types of short dresses worn above the knee can be really attractive in the summer months. But do think carefully about the style you choose.
A pelmet mini skirt that is tight and fitted is, for me anyway, definitely a no-no now I’m over the age of 50. However, a swirly dress that falls from the bust in a pretty design that sits mid thigh, worn with sandals or sneakers can look great.
Similarly, dresses with too much embellishment or excessive ruffles and frills can overwhelm and make older women look dated.
Princess Diana could rock many types of dresses even those with the ruffle look, but she was young and dressed by the best fashion designers on the planet. Instead, older women may want to opt for classic and elegant styles that highlight their body shape, and accentuate their best features.
These Types of Dresses Will Make You Look FAB!
Here’s an overview of 9 different types of dresses that will make you Look Fabulous and Feel Confident!
1. Wrap Dresses
Definition of wrap dresses
A wrap dress is a type of dress that features a front closure formed by wrapping one side of the dress across the other and knotting the attached ties that wrap around the waist.
The wrap style creates a V-neckline and a flattering, adjustable fit for a range of body shapes.
This type of dress is typically made from a lightweight fabric, such as rayon, jersey or silk, and comes in various lengths, sleeve lengths, and patterns.
The wrap dress is a classic style that has been popular since the 1970s and is still a fashionable and versatile option for women of all ages.
Benefits of wrap dresses for women over 50
Wrap dresses offer several benefits for women over the age of 50.
Firstly, the wrap style of the dress creates a gorgeous V-neckline that draws attention to the face and décolletage and sweeps the eye downwards to create a lovely illusion of length whether you are short or tall.
This is especially important for older women who might want to detract attention away from their tummy area.
Secondly, the adjustable nature of the wrap dress allows for a customized and comfortable fit, accommodating changes in body shape that may occur after menopause, or those that come more generally with age.
Thirdly, wrap dresses come in a range of styles and lengths, making them appropriate dress types for a range of occasions, from casual outings to formal events.
Finally, the lightweight fabric used in many wrap dresses allows for ease of movement and comfort, making them an ideal choice for women who demand both style and comfort.
Best occasions to wear wrap dresses
Here are some examples of events and occasion when you might wear a wrap style dress.
Wrap dresses are a popular choice for wedding guests, particularly if the wedding is an outdoor event or for destination weddings. Why? Because this dress has a slightly casual feel to it – it’s not completely fitted or tailored. It has a breezy, devil-may care attitude, and it expands if you need to let the wrap out a little after a long lunch!
A wrap dress can be dressed up or down and is suitable for work-related events, such as conferences, business meetings, and work dinners.
Some wrap dresses can be dressed up with heels and statement jewelry to create a chic and sophisticated look for formal evening events. You can possibly do this more with bold block coloured dresses, keeping the ditsy floral prints for everydaywear.
Wrap dresses in lightweight fabrics and floral or fun patterns, are perfect dress types for summer parties, barbecues, or outdoor concerts.
They can also be dressed down with sandals and a denim jacket for a casual yet chic look for running errands or meeting friends for lunch.
How to Style a Wrap Dress
Styling a wrap dress is simple and easy, and there are a variety of ways to make it work for different occasions.
Here are some tips on how to style a wrap dress.
Choose the right footwear: Depending on the occasion, you can pair your wrap dress with anything from sneakers to heels to boots. Choose footwear that complements the dress and the occasion.
Accessorize with jewelry: Add some personality and flair to your wrap dress by accessorizing with jewelry, such as a statement necklace, earrings or a bracelet.
Wear a jacket or cardigan: A wrap dress can be worn year-round by pairing it with a jacket or cardigan. During colder months, add a cozy cardigan, while during warmer or transeasonal months, a denim or leather jacket can add a stylish touch.
Cinch with a belt: For a more defined waistline, and depending on the style off the dress, you could consider adding a wide belt that actually covers the fabric tie. This can create a slightly different, more defined silhouette and add some interest to your outfit.
Experiment with layers: Layering a wrap dress with a turtleneck or blouse underneath, or with a pair of leggings or tights, can create a unique, trendy look.
Play with colors and patterns: Wrap dresses come in a variety of colors and patterns, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different options that suit your personal style.
2. Shift Dresses
Definition of shift dresses
A shift dress is a type of dress that is typically sleeveless and has a straight, simple cut that hangs loosely from the shoulders and does not hug the body.
Shift dresses are typically knee-length or above, and do not have a defined waistline or seam.
The style originated in the 1920s and became popular in the 1960s as a part of the mod fashion movement.
Shift dresses are often made from lightweight fabrics, such as cotton or linen, and come in a range of colors and patterns.
The simplicity and versatility of the shift dress make it a classic wardrobe staple that can be dressed up or down for various occasions.
Benefits of shift dresses for women over 50
Shift dresses are a great everyday style choice for women over the age of 50.
Firstly, the loose and simple cut of the dress is comfortable to wear and allows for ease of movement, making it ideal for those who value comfort.
Secondly, the shift dress is a classic and timeless style that can be dressed up or down, from casual outings to more formal events.
Thirdly, the lack of a defined waistline or seam can be flattering for women who may be self-conscious about their midsection, as the dress skims over the area without clinging.
Finally, shift dresses come in a range of colors and patterns, making them a versatile wardrobe staple that can be styled in various ways to create different looks.
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Best occasions to wear shift dresses
Here are some examples of events where you might wear a shift dress.
Work: A shift dress can be styled with a blazer and pumps for a professional look suitable for the workplace.
Brunch or Lunch Dates: A shift dress in a light and airy fabric like cotton or linen is perfect for a casual day out with friends.
Cocktail Parties: A shift dress, perhaps in a bold color or with metallic accents could be dressed up with statement jewelry and heels for a chic look at cocktail parties or evening events.
Wedding Guests: A shift dress in a soft floral print is perfect for guests to wear to a spring or summer wedding. On the other hand a solid colored shift dress with elegant accessories could be worn for a formal evening wedding.
Art Gallery or Museum Visits: A shift dress might be paired with comfortable shoes and a statement necklace as an outfit suitable for art gallery or museum visits.
How to Style a Shift Dress
Styling a shift dress can be effortless with a few simple tips.
Accessorize with jewelry: Adding statement jewelry, such as earrings, necklaces, or bracelets, can help elevate a simple shift dress to something with Ooh La La appeal!
Belt it up: To create a more defined waistline, you could add a belt to your shift dress – if it is long as this can completely change it’s look. However, I wouldn’t advocate adding a belt to a shift dress that falls above the knee as you will ruin the proportions.
Choose the right footwear: Depending on the occasion, you can pair your shift dress with anything from sandals to ankle boots. Obviously, you need to choose footwear that complements the dress and the occasion, but you can be inventive.
Layer with a jacket or cardigan: Layering a shift dress with a blazer can make the outfit look more professional and appropriate for the office or a formal event. If you want to remain casual then try layering it with a chunky sweater or a long line cardigan.
Experiment with prints and colors: Shift dresses come in various prints and colors, so don’t be afraid to try something new and exciting.
Choose the right length: Shift dresses come in a variety of lengths, from mini to midi. Choosing the right length for your body type can make a significant difference in how you look and feel in your dress.
Add some texture: Pair your shift dress with textured accessories, such as a faux fur vest or a woven bag, to add some depth and interest to your outfit.
3. Shirt Dresses
Definition of shirt dresses
A shirt dress is a type of dress that has a collar and button-front, similar to a shirt.
It typically has a looser, more relaxed fit than a traditional shirt, and is designed to be worn as a dress rather than tucked into pants or a skirt.
Shirt dresses can come in a range of styles, lengths, and fabrics, from casual cotton dresses to more formal silk or satin options.
The shirt dress is an adaptable style that can be dressed up or down, making it a popular choice for a range of occasions, from work events to casual outings.
Benefits of shirt dresses for women over 50
There are several benefits to wearing a shirt dress.
These types of dresses are easy to style as an everyday, pull it on, and get out of the door quickly type of dress.
You can pair them with sneakers or sandals for a casual wear look or dress them up with heels and accessories for a more formal event.
Shirt dresses are typically made from lightweight fabrics such as cotton, making them comfortable to wear in warmer weather.
The button-front design of a shirt dress creates a vertical line down the body, giving the illusion of a longer, leaner silhouette.
Shirt dresses with a collar and long sleeves can be a suitable option for professional settings, such as the workplace.
Shirt dresses come in a variety of styles, patterns, and colors, ensuring there is a shirt dress suitable for every personal style.
Best occasions to wear shirt dresses
Here are some examples of when you might choose to pop on a shirt dress.
Work: A shirt dress in a solid color or subtle pattern can be a stylish and professional outfit for the workplace, especially when paired with closed-toe shoes and simple jewelry.
Brunch or Casual Outings: A shirt dress in a lightweight fabric like cotton or linen can be perfect for a casual day out with friends. Pair it with sandals or sneakers and a crossbody bag for a comfortable yet chic look.
Evening Out: A shirt dress in a dressier fabric like silk or satin can be dressed up with heels and statement jewelry for a sophisticated evening look.
Beach or Resort: A shirt dress in a flowy fabric can be a great cover-up option for the beach or pool, or can be paired with sandals and a sun hat for a resort vacation.
Outdoor Events: Shirt dresses can be a great option for outdoor events like picnics or concerts, as they offer comfort and style while keeping you cool in warmer weather.
How to Style a Shirt Dress
Styling a shirt dress is all about balancing simplicity and sophistication.
Here are some tips on how to style a shirt dress.
Accessorize with a belt: To create a more defined waistline, you could try adding a belt.
Add a scarf. Leave the top two buttons of your dress undone and try adding square scarf in a contrasting colour, knotted at the neck.
When it comes to footwear shirt dresses can be paired with anything from sneakers to ankle boots to heels. Again, it’s good to choose footwear that complements not only the dress but also the occasion. I wouldn’t wear a simple shirt dress with high heels, but I would wear it with sneakers. You’ll probably find that simple shoes with lower heels will suit your shirtdress better than more ‘vamp’ styles.
Layer with a jacket or cardigan: Layering a shirt dress with a denim jacket, blazer, or cardigan can make the outfit more interesting and suitable for cooler weather. You could add a tailored hip length jacket to make it more suitable for formal occasions or workwear.
Experiment with prints and colors: Shirt dresses come in a variety of prints and colors, so don’t be afraid to try something new and exciting. I always have the impression of a 1950’s cameo – a retro swing, shirt dress in a polka dot print from a Butterick or McCalls dress pattern! But these days there is so much choice. Have you ever tried making one from a sewing pattern?
Roll up the sleeves: Rolling up the sleeves of your shirt dress can create a more casual and effortless look.
Add some texture: Pair your shirt dress with textured accessories, such as a woven bag or statement jewelry, to add some depth and interest to your outfit.
Consider the length: Shirt dresses come in various lengths, from mini to midi to maxi. Choose the length that works best for your body type and the occasion.
4. Maxi Dresses
Definition of maxi dresses
A maxi dress is a long dress that typically reaches the ankles or floor.
It can be made from a variety of fabrics, including cotton, silk, chiffon, or jersey, and can come in a range of styles and patterns, from solid colors to bold prints.
Maxi dresses are often characterized by their loose, flowing silhouette. These types of dresses are often considered Bohemian in style, and can provide great comfort and ease of movement.
They can also feature different necklines, sleeve lengths, and back designs, making them a versatile option for a range of occasions.
Maxi dresses can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion and your own personal style, and are often a popular choice for summer or beach weddings, outdoor events, or casual outings.
Benefits of maxi dresses for women over 50
When you’re over 50 I think you can branch out and stop wearing what everyone expects of you! Maxi dresses give you the ultimate freedom in both their style, and the comfort they provide.
Comfort: Maxi dresses are typically made from lightweight, flowy fabrics that offer comfort and ease of movement, making them an ideal option for warmer weather.
Confidence enhancing: Maxi dresses with a loose, flowing silhouette can provide a flattering shape for women over 50, as they can create a long, lean line and help to conceal any areas that may be of concern.
Versatile: Maxi dresses come in a range of styles and patterns, allowing women to choose a dress that suits their personal style and occasion.
They can be dressed up or down, making them a versatile option for a range of events.
Easy to wear: Maxi dresses are a one-piece outfit that requires minimal effort to put together. They can be paired with sandals or heels, and accessorized with jewelry or a scarf for added flair.
Ageless: Maxi dresses are ageless and can be worn by women of any age. These types of dresses offer a classic, timeless style that never goes out of fashion.
Best occasions to wear maxi dresses
Where do we begin! Maxi dresses are so flexible and multi-faceted that they can be worn for a variety of occasions.
Weddings: Maxi dresses in elegant fabrics such as silk or chiffon are a popular choice for wedding guests, especially for outdoor, or boho beach weddings.
Summer parties: Maxi dresses in cotton or rayon in bright colors or bold prints can be a perfect choice for summer parties or outdoor events.
Beach or vacation resort wear: Maxi dresses are a great option for beach or resort wear, as they offer comfort and style in warmer weather.
Casual outings: Maxi dresses can be a great option for running errands or casual outings, as they offer comfort and ease of movement.
Formal events: Maxi dresses in more formal fabrics such as velvet or satin can be a great choice for formal events such as galas or black tie affairs.
How to Style a Maxi Dress
Maxi dresses have always been a popular choice for their comfort and timeless quality.
Here are some interesting ways to style a maxi dress.
Layer with a denim jacket: A denim jacket adds a casual and effortless vibe to a maxi dress. This look is perfect for a weekend brunch or a day out with friends.
Accessorize with statement jewelry: Maxi dresses provide a great canvas for bold and eye-catching jewelry. Add some ethnic or romantic jewelry. Think about things like big dangly statement earrings, a beaded necklace, or a large bracelet to elevate your look.
Belt it: Depending on the shape of your maxi dress, particularly if it’s straight up and down, you might think about adding a belt to create a different look. Choose a statement belt for a bold look, or a slim belt for a more understated approach.
Pair with sneakers: For a comfortable and casual look, pair your maxi dress with sneakers. This is a great option for running errands or a day of sightseeing.
Dress it up with heels: Maxi dresses can also be dressed up for a more formal event. Pair your dress with heels and create more height. If you don’t like stillettoes you can wear wedge heels or boots with comfortable heels – because they will hardly show under the length of your dress.
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Layer with a cardigan or blazer: Layering your maxi dress with a cardigan or blazer can make it suitable for winter weather and add some contrast to your outfit. Underneath you can slip on warm knitted tights!
Experiment with prints and patterns: Maxi dresses come in a variety of prints and patterns. Don’t be afraid to try something new and exciting, such as a bold floral print or a trendy animal print.
5. A-line Dresses
Definition of A-line dresses
An A-line dress is a type of dress that is fitted at the top and gradually widens towards the hem, creating an “A” shape. The silhouette resembles the shape of an uppercase letter “A,” hence the name.
The dress typically features a fitted bodice that flares out from the waist and falls to the knee or mid-calf.
An A-line dress is a versatile style that can be dressed up or down and is suitable for a range of occasions, from casual to formal.
It’s a super style for many body types, as it skims over the hips and accentuates the waist without being too tight or restrictive.
Benefits of A-line dresses for women over 50
A-line dresses offer several benefits for women over the age of 50.
Firstly, the A-line shape of the dress is a good choice for many body types, especially those with wider hips or a larger waistline.
It creates a slimming effect by skimming over the hips and thighs without drawing attention to the waist.
Secondly, A-line dresses are a classic and timeless style that can be worn for a range of occasions, from casual to formal events.
Thirdly, they are comfortable and easy to wear, allowing for freedom of movement because they aren’t restrictive.
Finally, A-line dresses can be paired with different accessories and various types of shoes or boots to create different looks, making them a versatile addition to any wardrobe.
Best occasions to wear A-line dresses
A-line dresses are a flexible style when it comes to when to wear them because they can also be worn on a range of different occasions. They are timeless and supremely versatile whatever your body shape.
Your A-line dress should have a good cost per wear so do buy one that will wash well and stand the test of time.
A-line dresses are a popular choice for guests to wear at weddings. You may be on your feet dancing, or sitting down eating, and spending a good few hours in the company of others. Comfort is important at a wedding, and an A-line dress will offer you both comfort and style.
An A-line dress can be dressed up or down and is suitable for work-related events, such as conferences, business meetings, and work dinners.
A-line dresses can be paired with heels and any kind of jewelry to create a chic and sophisticated look for cocktail parties.
They are a modest yet stylish choice for graduation ceremonies, or church events such as baptisms, confirmations or funerals when it may not be appropriate to show off your body shape in any type of figure hugging dress.
A-line dresses can be dressed down with sandals and a denim jacket for a casual but fashionable look for running errands or meeting friends for lunch.
How to Style an A-Line Dress
Overall, your A-line dress will prove a very versatile companion and a timeless wardrobe staple that can be dressed up and down for different occasions.
Here are some tips on how to style an A-line dress.
Add a belt: Adding a belt can completely change the look of your dress and give it distinctly individual style because you are totally altering it’s lines. Adding a belt though is not suitable for every body shape.
Pair with boots in winter: Ankle or knee-high boots with a bit of a heel can be a great addition to an A-line dress because adding a bit of height to this style is a good idea.
Layer with a jacket: A denim or leather jacket can be a stylish layering option for an A-line dress, especially for a more casual look that adds a nod to staying on trend.
Accessorize with jewelry: Adding jewelry such as a chunky necklace or earrings can add a touch of glam to your A-line dress.
Footwear: A-line dresses can be paired with a variety of footwear, from sandals to sneakers to heels, depending on the occasion.
Play with colors and patterns: Of course, A-line dresses come in a variety of colors and patterns, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different options that suit your personal style and skin color.
6. Midi Dresses
Definition of midi dresses
A midi dress is a type of dress that falls between the knee and ankle in length, typically hitting around mid-calf.
It’s a dress style that can be worn in a variety of settings, from casual to formal events.
The hemline of a midi dress can vary, with some styles featuring a straight hemline and others featuring a flared or A-line silhouette.
Midi dresses can be made from a variety of fabrics, from lightweight cotton for casual wear to luxurious silk or velvet for more formal occasions. They come in a range of styles and prints, making them a versatile and timeless wardrobe staple.
Benefits of midi dresses for women over 50
Good length: Midi dresses hit at a flattering length between the knee and ankle, which can elongate the legs and create a balanced outline.
Versatility: Midi dresses can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion, making them a good option for many different outings.
Comfort: Midi dresses are often made from lightweight and breathable fabrics, which can make them a comfortable choice for warmer weather, although you can layer up with cardigans or jackets in the cooler months.
Age-appropriate: Midi dresses can offer a modest yet stylish option for women over 50 who may prefer to dress more conservatively.
Timeless style: Midi dresses are a classic and timeless wardrobe staple that can be worn year after year, making them a great investment piece.
Best occasions to wear midi dresses
Here are some occasions where midi dresses are a great option.
A midi dress in a more formal fabric such as a structured cotton or wool can be a great choice for the workplace.
Midi dresses in a floral or pastel print can be a perfect choice for weddings, especially for a daytime or outdoor event.
For casual outings – midi dresses in a lightweight fabric such as cotton or linen can be a comfortable and stylish choice for running errands or perhaps lunch out with friends.
Parties: Midi dresses in bright sparkly prints can be a fun and festive choice for parties or other celebratory events.
Formal events: Midi dresses in a more formal fabric such as silk or velvet can be a great choice for formal events such as balls, galas or black tie affairs
How to Style a Midi Dress
Here are some tips on how to style a midi dress.
Add some accessories: If the dress is straight up and down, or has a swing bottom and a definte waistline you can add a belt to highlight the waist further. You might like to pop on a fashion necklace or artisan earrings to add some sparkle, or maybe a scarf to create a pop of color.
Layer up: You can layer a midi dress with a blazer, denim jacket, or cardigan to create either a more casual or formal look.
Choose the right footwear: Depending on the occasion, you can wear sneakers, sandals, ankle boots, or heels to complete the look.Some people choose to wear knee length boots and that’s okay too. Wear what feels comfortable and what you feel suits the style of midi dress you’re wearing. Be confident!
Mix and match: You can also mix and match patterns, textures, and colors to create a unique and personalized style.
Consider the fabric: The fabric of the dress can determine the style of the look. For example, a cotton midi dress can be worn casually, while a silk or satin midi dress can be dressed up for a more formal occasion.
Remember, the key to styling a midi dress is to have fun and experiment with different looks to find what works best for you.
7. Sheath Dresses
Definition of sheath dresses
A sheath dress is a form-fitting, straight-lined dress that typically falls just above or below the knee.
It’s characterized by its simple, sleek silhouette, which hugs the curves of the body without adding any volume or bulk.
The design of a sheath dress is often inspired by the shift dress, which also has a straight cut, but the sheath dress is typically more tailored and fitted.
Sheath dresses can be made from a variety of materials, including cotton, silk, and wool, and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
They are a classic wardrobe staple that can be worn by women of all ages and body types.
Benefits of sheath dresses for women over 50
Firstly, sheath dresses have a simple, elegant design that can be worn by women with a variety of body types.
They are form-fitting, creating a sleek silhouette that emphasizes the curves of the body.
Secondly, sheath dresses are versatile and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. They can be worn to the office with a blazer and pumps or dressed up with statement jewelry and high heels for a special event.
Thirdly, sheath dresses are timeless and classic, making them a wardrobe staple that can be worn season after season.
They can be paired with different accessories and jackets to create a variety of looks.
Finally, sheath dresses are often made from high-quality materials, such as silk or wool, making them comfortable and durable.
Best occasions to wear sheath dresses
Here are some of the best occasions to wear a sheath dress.
Work: Sheath dresses are a classic choice for the office, providing a professional and polished look. For work environments you might opt for a more tailored, knee-length style in a neutral color or subtle pattern.
Cocktail party: A sheath dress can be a great choice for a cocktail party. Look for a dress with a bit of embellishment, such as lace or beading, and pair it with some statement jewelry.
Wedding: Depending on the dress code, a sheath dress can be a suitable option for a wedding, especially if it’s held during the day. Look for dresses in a romantic or soft color and pair with simple heels and a clutch.
Dinner party: A sheath dress can be a great choice for a dinner party, especially if it’s a more formal occasion. Look for a dress in a luxurious fabric, such as silk or satin, and pair it with some strappy heels.
Date night: A sheath dress can be a sultry and sophisticated option for a date night. Find a dress with a more flirty cut and pair it with some sexy heels and statement earrings.
Everyday wear : A sheath dress is comfortable and chic for running errands, popping to the shops or having lunch with a friend.
How to Style a Sheath Dress
Here are some tips on how to style a sheath dress:
Styling a sheath dress is all about finding the right balance of simplicity and elegance.
Choose the right accessories: A simple yet elegant clutch and a pair of classic pumps can enhance the beauty of your sheath dress. You can also add a chunky necklace or a pair of earrings to add interest.
Consider the length: Sheath dresses are available in different lengths, so it’s essential to choose one that suits your body type and the occasion. A knee-length sheath dress is perfect for work, while a midi or a maxi-length sheath dress might be better for formal events or vacations.
Focus on the fit: The key to looking stunning in a sheath dress is finding the perfect fit. The dress should fit snugly without being too tight or revealing. Ensure that the dress is not too loose, as it can make you look shapeless.
Play with color: Sheath dresses come in a variety of colors, so experiment with different hues that complement your skin tone. Classic colors like black, navy, and white are perfect for a timeless and elegant look. Or choose colours to suit your skin, from brights to florals – find out what colours make your eyes pop and you’ve discovered your best colour tone!
Layer with a jacket or blazer: A well-fitted blazer or jacket can add a touch of sophistication to your sheath dress. It’s an excellent way to make your outfit appropriate for work or a more formal occasion.
Keep your hair and makeup simple: Since a sheath dress is elegant and sophisticated, keep your hair and makeup simple. If you want to make a statement in this type of dress and you have long hair, then a classic updo or a sleek ponytail, along with natural-looking makeup, is perfect.
Remember, the key to styling a sheath dress is to keep it simple and elegant. By following these tips, you can create a stunning look that will make you feel confident and beautiful.
8. Empire Waist Dresses
Definition of empire waist dresses
An empire waist dress is a type of dress that features a waistline that sits just below the bust, creating a high-waisted appearance.
The fabric then falls loosely to the hemline, creating a flowing and often flattering silhouette.
This style of dress dates back to the Regency era in the early 19th century and was popularized by Empress Josephine, which is where the name “empire” waist originates.
Empire waist dresses can be made from a variety of materials, and their hemlines can range from mini to maxi length. They are a classic and timeless style that can be worn in a variety of settings.
Benefits of empire waist dresses for women over 50
Empire waist dresses are versatile and comfortable. They offer several benefits for women over the age of 50. Here are some of the plusses …
Flattering fit: Empire waist dresses are designed to cinch right below the bust, which creates an elongating effect, making it a great option for women who want to conceal their tummy or their waistline.
Comfortable fit: The loose and flowy silhouette of empire waist dresses makes them comfortable to wear and move around in, so you’ll never feel restricted around the midsection.
Versatile: Empire waist dresses can be dressed up or down, making them suitable for various occasions, including casual outings, formal events, or even work meetings.
Forgiving fit: The loose-fitting design of empire waist dresses can be forgiving for those who may be self-conscious about their midsection, making them a great option for women who want to feel comfortable and confident in their outfit all day long.
Timeless style: Empire waist dresses have been a fashion staple for many years, and their classic design means they are unlikely to go out of style any time soon, making them a great investment piece for any wardrobe.
Best occasions to wear empire waist dresses
Some examples of occasions to wear empire waist dresses include …
Weddings: Empire waist dresses are an excellent choice for wedding guests.
Formal events: Because they have a certain regal aura, Empire waist dresses are great dressed up with accessories and worn to formal events such as galas, award ceremonies, and other special occasions.
Parties: Empire waist dresses are perfect for cocktail parties or other social events where you want to look stylish and sophisticated.
Business meetings: Empire waist dresses can be worn to business meetings, conferences, or other professional events. Choose a style that is conservative and pair it with appropriate footwear and accessories.
Everyday wear: Empire waist dresses can also be worn as casual everyday wear, depending on the fabric and style. They are comfortable and flattering, making them a great choice for running errands or meeting friends for lunch.
How to Style an Empire Waist Dress
Empire waist dresses can be styled in various ways, depending on the occasion.
Accessorize: Pair the dress with a sparkling necklace or earrings to draw attention to the upper half of your body. You can also add a belt to accentuate the high waist.
Shoes: For a more casual look, wear flat sandals or ankle boots. For a dressier occasion, pair with high heels or strappy sandals.
Layers: For cooler weather, layer the dress with a jacket, cardigan or blazer.
Hairstyle: A simple updo or loose waves can complement the flowy nature of the dress.
Bag: Opt for a clutch or small crossbody bag for a formal event, or a tote bag for a more casual setting.
Overall, just remember to choose the right colors and fabrics for the occasion, and experiment with different combinations of accessories to find the perfect look.
9. Fit and Flare Dresses
Definition of fit and flare dresses
A fit and flare dress is a type of dress that is fitted at the top, typically the bodice, and then flares out at the waist into a fuller skirt.
The flare of the skirt can be achieved in different ways, such as through pleating, gathering, or using a circular skirt pattern. This style of dress is often considered to be a classic silhouette, and sometimes seen as a retro type of dress.
It can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion and it’s a type of dress that can flatter a variety of body types, as the fitted bodice emphasizes the waist and the full skirt creates a balanced silhouette.
Benefits of fit and flare dresses for women over 50
Fit and flare dresses offer several benefits for women over 50.
Firstly, the fitted top of the dress can enhance the upper body shape, giving a flattering silhouette.
The flared skirt can also help to hide any lower body imperfections, making it a great option for those who are self-conscious about their hips or thighs.
Additionally, the waistline can create the illusion of an hourglass figure, adding a feminine touch to the overall look.
The versatility of fit and flare dresses means they can be dressed up or down, making them a great option for many different events and occasions.
Best occasions to wear fit and flare dresses
Weddings: Fit and flare dresses are a popular choice for wedding guests. You can choose a dress with a floral pattern or a bright color for a summer wedding, or opt for a more formal black or navy dress for a winter wedding.
Parties: Fit and flare dresses are perfect for parties, whether it’s a birthday party, anniversary celebration, or holiday gathering. You can choose a dress with sequins or lace for a more formal party, or a more casual dress with a fun print for a laid-back gathering.
Work events: A fit and flare dress can be a great option for work events, such as a conference or networking event. Choose a dress with a more conservative cut and length, such as knee-length, and pair it with a blazer or cardigan.
Date nights: Whether it’s a first date or a special anniversary, a fit and flare dress is a classic choice for a romantic night out. Choose a dress with a great cut and a color or print that makes you feel confident and beautiful.
Church or religious events: Fit and flare dresses are a great choice for more conservative events, such as church or religious gatherings. You can choose a dress with a higher neckline and longer sleeves for a more modest look.
How to Style a Fit and Flare Dress
Here are some tips on how to style a fit and flare dress.
Accessorize with a belt: Adding a belt to your fit and flare dress can help define your waist and create a high fashion look.
Pair it with heels: High heels are a great way to elongate your legs and make you feel confident and stylish. Choose a pair of heels that complement the color and style of your dress or go bold and beautiful with a bright clutch bag and the same colored footwear.
Layer with a jacket or cardigan: If the weather is cool or you prefer more coverage, consider layering your dress with a jacket or cardigan. A denim jacket can give your dress a more casual feel, while a blazer can make it look more formal.
Choose the right jewelry: Jewelry can add some sparkle and shine to your look. Consider accessorizing with a necklace or a pair of earrings that complement your dress.
Opt for a clutch or small handbag: Because this dress features a swirly skirt, then it needs to be balanced with a small handbag or clutch rather than a large tote bag. The right handbag can be the perfect accessory to complete your look. You might like to choose one that matches the color and style of your dress or go for something at the opposite side of the color wheel.
Experiment with different hairstyles: Your hairstyle can also help complete your outfit. Consider trying out different hairstyles, to find a look that complements your dress and personal style. If the dress is a retro fit and flare, then why not try a hairstyle reminiscent of the 1950s or 1960s?
Final Thoughts about the different Types of Dresses
After the age of 50, there are certain types of dresses that can make you look and feel amazing.
Some of the best options include wrap dresses, shift dresses, shirt dresses, maxi dresses, midi dresses, sheath dresses, empire waist dresses, and fit and flare dresses. All these dress styles have benefits; they are comfortable, flattering, and versatile, and can be worn for a range of occasions, from casual outings to formal events.
To style these dresses, you can experiment with different accessories, such as sparkly, classic or statement jewelry, belts, scarves, hats and different footwear.
It’s important to choose dresses that fit well at your shoulders, and fit well at the waist if the dress has a waistline.
All dresses you choose after the age of 50 should make you look great and feel confident. I believe you should look good and feel good, and prioritize comfort and confidence over following fashion trends.
Ultimately, dressing stylishly after 50 is all about finding what works for you and embracing your unique sense of style.
With the right dress and accessories, you can look and feel amazing at any age!
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