Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Tunic Dress Trend

Even the most die-hard trouser wearers would be forgiven to switching their allegiance to dresses this season. With such a selection of styles, lengths and flattering prints and cuts, there is a perfect dress for every figure.

Women's fashion 2008 is undoubtedly the year of the dress. From mini to maxi, trapeze to tunic, shift to smock. According to Karen Homer in her book Things a Woman Should Know About Style, “the perfect dress is the spin-doctor of fashion. There is no body shape that doesn’t benefit from the right dress."

If you never usually wear a dress, but want to metamorphose into a lady, try one on and see. The perfect dress should not hang on the body but follow its lines; often it's the simplest and least attractive dress on the hanger that is transformed once you put it on.

Says Homer, "good dresses tend to look nothing special on the hanger but look fantastic on." A dress that looks amazing on the rail is unlikely to look so flattering on your body — due to the simple fact that most women (unless you are a size zero) are not shaped like dress-hangers.

The tunic dress is a case in point. It can look lifeless on the rail but is one of the most flattering cuts, if you get it right.