Experiment with textures, patterns, and colours. Mix and match them. You can go for short length (mid-thigh in particular if you have great legs) or sleeveless. Remember to always flatter you shape — a belt is great to show off your waist. Pair this cute number from Top Shop with ankle boots and a lightweight fur cropped jacket. It is great for the summer festival season with flat sandals.
In your thirties
Dressing to suit your body type is important but you also want to look grown up. Your dress should enhance one or two of your best features — your legs, waist, hips, or neckline — but not all at once. The length should be between mid-thigh and just below the knee. Make sure it is shaped either at the waist or ribs, and use colours and patterns. Team up this Reiss dress with a leather jacket, tights, and boots.
In your forties
Fabrics and the cut of your dress have to suit you. Rouching is a clever way to flatter a tummy area. Clingy material is very unforgiving, no matter your size, so stay away from it. A high neckline is best for a smaller bust, and a full bust looks great with an open neckline such as scoop. The hemline should be just above or just below the knee. Try this knitted dress from Phase Eight, paired with ankle boots or court shoes and a trench coat.
In your fifties
It is all about getting the length right and matching current trends to your shape. Make sure to go for a length that is appropriate. If you have good legs you can go for about three inches above the knee, but not higher. An empire line dress is a great choice. The neckline should not be higher than your neck bone. Go for V-neck, scoop neck, or square neck, depending on your shape; you can always wear a vest top underneath the dress to feel more comfortable. This Ingenue dress is a perfect daytime dress to wear now, paired with either boots or a shoes, tights, and an overcoat. Wear it with sandals and a light jacket for spring.