If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about choosing an outfit, it’s that you absolutely HAVE to dress for your body shape. It doesn’t matter whether something is ‘on trend’ or not to me – if it doesn’t suit my shape, I’ve now learnt not to wear it. I’d rather feel comfortable and be wearing something that flatters me, even if that means not squeezing myself into the latest pair of flared jeans or cropped t-shirts!
When it comes to choosing a smarter outfit, for an occasion like a wedding for formal event, then I think dressing for your body shape becomes even more important. Occasion dresses can be difficult to get right and, again, you’ve got to go with something you’re happy in. You can have a browse through the M&S Ultimate Dress Guide page to help find an outfit to flatter your figure.
M&S have a selection of gorgeous occasion dresses to suit all shapes and sizes, and with them a range of stunning accessories – bags, shoes and jewelry – to suit any outfit choice. I was lucky enough to be able to style a Petite outfit from the M&S collection – M&S being one of the few retailers that actually cater for Petite women.
The dress is always the hero piece of an outfit, so steering away from my usual black, I went for this Emerald floral lace tunic from the Petite section, as something completely different. I always prefer to wear long sleeved items, so the lace sleeves here are perfect for me. I also don’t tend to go for super tight fitting items, and this dress leaves enough room to breath as well as being flattering. It does fit perfectly and suits my body shape, so it became a great hero piece for this outfit.
Accessory wise, with a bright dress, I felt simple colours were best. Nude court shoes and a stunning gold oval weave box clutch bag helped bring the outfit to life, with some other gold accessories – it shows you can dress an outfit up as much or as little as you like! I think if you feel comfortable in what you’re wearing and dress for your body shape – then you’ll always be more confident at an event and M&S can definitely help you do this with a range of stunning summer outfits!