I used to hate them. I thought they would cling to my lumps and bumps, accentuate the worst bits of me and make me look like a mutton dressed up as lamb. I also thought (and perish the thought) that I’d have to suck my tummy in the whole time.
Although I’ve carefully positioned the text banner below over my tummy (force of habit to disguise it) you can see in the picture above that it’s actually neatly disguised by a clever material tuck.
Tip: Look out for this kind of style flattery.
A couple of years ago I was gifted a jersey dress from Verily. It was black. It skimmed over the contours of my body like a silken veil. From the moment I put it on I loved it and I’ve been buying Jersey dresses ever since.
The latest is a Leona Edmiston Designer Label – I paid $69 in the sale.
Woops, in typical me fashion I didn’t notice that bit of red-hanger-holder-fabric sticking out on my shoulder before I’d put the camera and tripod away and edited the picture. Darn 🙁 But the dress is gorgeous.
There are a whole lot more jersey dresses on the online site to choose from, and below some of the new season styles coming up which are lovely but more expensive.
So whats so great about Jersey dresses?
Well, they’re generally made from a cotton or silk knit blended with a synthetic material which makes them a little stretchy and super comfortable.
Jersey dresses are suitable for work and play – I’ve worn mine when giving blogging workshops teemed with smart hip length jackets in the daytime, out to lunch wearing little bolero cardigans and out at night draped with a colourful pashmina, and accessorised with colourful beads or jewellery.
Some people, me included, worry that they hug curves. In fact they are flattering exactly because they do hug your curves but normally they don’t cling to them like a tight t-shirt might for example. Whatever shape you’re in, as long as you follow a few simple rules, I promise you, you’ll love them. Do you already? Let me know your favourite store!
11 Tips for Jersey Dresses
- You’re going to like them best if you immediately slip into something that suits you. So have a think about different dress styles and consider a wrap-style dress, or one that cinches at the side, or ties behind, or flares out from the waist.
- Jersey Dresses should make you feel as if you’re covered with something soft and pliant. Not something tight and clingy that you have to tweak the whole time. So don’t go for a smaller dress size in jersey. The dress should cover the bits you want to hide, not highlight them.
- Me – I’d go for shapewear undergarments. Bring on the Spanx to nip and tuck my tummy bulge. Beware of the visible panty line though. Also don’t forget to wear your best fitting bra that lifts those ladies up. It will make such a difference to the way the dress looks on you.
- Empire waists are great if you’re bottom heavy and this is probably a good shape dress for you because it will, you’ve got it, accentuate your top half.
- If you are straight up and down then choose a style that is nipped in at the waist or ruched, so that it gives the idea of curves or choose an A-Line skirt which will add volume.
- If you are curvy – well Hello Marilyn Monroe! You’re going to look great in a Jersey Dress that’s got a V-Neck and a nipped in waist.
- Think about necklines. What neckline suits you? Round, High or V-Neck, you choose.
- I’ve found lots of jersey dresses with three quarter length sleeves, which is great if you don’t like your upper arms all that much like me.
- If you are curvaceous don’t go for a tent look. Over the years I’ve come to realise that styles (such as smock styles) which you think will hide your curves actually just end up making you look bigger and possibly pregnant. I was 40+ when someone asked me if I was pregnant (and embarassed me greatly) when I was wearing what I thought to be a particularly gorgeous Indian smock style dress.
- Choose shoes that you are comfortable in (so that you stand well) but consider the style of the dress. Thick chunky shoes won’t balance this style of dress, small wedges will, so too kitten heels and court shoes, oh and why not try a pair of cute ankle boots for winter time?
- If you want your legs to look longer then think about wearing nude coloured shoes, and silky flesh coloured tights, which can be worn with any colour dress, and I’m wearing nude wedges above with three dresses above. Think Kate Middleton, although you don’t have to go for shoes that are quite that high.
Anyway, what do I know, really! Here endeth the lesson – Lol! What do you think?
I hope some of it makes sense to you, and I’d love to see photos of you in your Jersey dresses. Email them to me, or add them on Facebook and I’ll compile a collage of you lovely lot because this blog isn’t meant to be all about me. Pics pretty please.
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