September 15th, 2011
While browsing the Pattern Finder®, I made a discovery: Lion Brand has designed a sweater dress pattern to flatter every body type (Hourglass, Pear, Apple, and Rectangle)! Check out my findings, as well as some styling tips, below.
Show off your curves with a sheath-shaped dress that nips in at the waist. A length that hits at the knee helps to balance out your figure while showing a bit off leg. Ribbing at the yoke adds even more contouring.
For styling, add a low-slung belt and some fancy patterned tights.
|Pear||Cable Luxe Maxi (shown on right)
Your slender shoulders lend themselves well to ornate patterns at the neckline. An A-line skirt is flattering to wide hips. A length that goes past your knees will elongate and balance your figure.
For styling, this dress begs to be paired with equestrian-style boots.
|Apple||Speed Stix Mini Dress
Apple types usually have long, lean legs, and this minidress helps to show them off! Empire shaping and smooth, sturdy fabric help to disguise a fuller waist. A boatneck neckline shows off your collarbone.
For styling, pair this with opaque tights or leggings and cute flats.
Your slim, athletic figure looks best in body-hugging styles. An asymmetrical neckline adds interest and the illusion of curves. A lace insert at the skirt shows off a bit of leg.
For styling, go retro with a pair of slingback heels and a shrug.
[Note: The pattern shown uses Glitterspun®, which is now discontinued. As a substitute, try Vanna's Choice® in Scarlet. Or, to get the sparkly flash shown here, try stranding Microspun® in Cherry Red together with Vanna's Glamour® in Ruby Red.]
How would you style these sweater dresses? Which dress is your favorite? Comment and let us know!