Love-Your-Body Dresses:

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The Deal: Bluefly New Arrivals Department

The Lowdown: While in a perfect world, we would look — and feel — amazing in a clingy, shiny body-conscious dress that fits like a glove. But it’s not a perfect world (evidenced by the spilling of coffee on the laptop keyboard this morning, making the f stick in a really annoying way, but we digress). Fortunately there is a little thing called strategic details, meaning body-conscious doesn’t have to be body-flaw-magnifying. Pleated, draping and ruching give us a way to show off our shape while camouflaging those minor imperfections we really don’t want to make the center of attention.

Just be sure to pick the detailing that suits your particular body type — ruching for girls who need a little extra curve, pleating to visually flatten those lumps and bumps, draping to skim over any perceived imperfections and create balance. One caveat: use caution with your ruching, as picking a dress with ruching in the wrong spots or one that’s too tight, lest your clever optical illusion strategy go horribly, horribly wrong.


Our Picks:

Body Hugging Dresses
1. Laundry by Shelli Segal Sateen Seamed Halter Dress, $119.24
2. Calvin Klein Hunter Green Strapless Pleated Dress, $118
3. Laundry by Shelli Segal Shutter Pleated Satin Dress, $97.49

Body hugging Dresses
4. Alexia Admore Scarlet Taffeta Pleated One-Shoulder Dress, $149
5. Tadashi Shoji Grape Ombre Stretch Jersey Shutter Pleat Dress, $197

Body hugging Dresses
6. Calvin Klein Black Stretch Jersey Ruched Sleeveless Dress, $89
7. Xeniya Champagne Satin Strapless Ruffle Dress, $174