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For the second installment of making clothes work for you, I wanted to touch on something near and dear to my heart; the maxi dress, and more specifically, the jersey maxi dress. In fact I think it would be quite interesting to do an entire series of posts dedicated to jersey alone, since it is such a beloved fabric of so many. Walk into any Gap, Old Navy, Target and you’ll see rows of jersey dresses lined up like little soldiers. It’s inexpensive to produce, it holds color and print extremely well so that you can have all sorts of fun prints and bright colors, and it feels comfortable. But it can also accentuate one in all the wrong places if you’re not careful. So today I wanted to do a little comparison of a couple of jersey maxi dresses (that I in fact own) and give you a breakdown of why each dress works and doesn’t work. So shall we start with my favorite one of all?
looked quite cute when I was pregnant, but now that I still have a bit of a pooch it continues to accent it but it’s not so cute anymore now that there’s no baby inside that pooch.
You want a dress with some sort of a gathered waist line so that you can make the fabric hug your body where you want it to hug you instead of hugging you in the wrong places. You’ve gotta tell the fabric what to do, not the other way around. Second, you want a flattering neckline that will highlight your chest, not flatten it out. A slight scoop or v-neck is always nice, and you want the bodice to be fitted, not loose or else it will just hang there like the pink dress above. Third, the arms are important! If you’re self conscious of your arms look for short sleeves or better yet 3/4 sleeves and avoid thick straps that add bulk or cap sleeves. Spaghetti straps can be good if they go with the overall feel of the dress. Lastly, with jersey especially, you have to watch how it hugs you at the hips and thighs because jersey likes to cling to those hips like no other. That’s why a flowing waistline is so important for not only the waist but the hips as well.
I know this post was very specific but hopefully it’s still helpful. Fabrication and silhouette are so key in picking out clothes that will flatter your body. As you can see, the wrong silhouette in a tricky fabric will leave you looking blah when you could be looking your best.