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Best Ways to Wear Sundresses for Women

Sundresses remain a popular fashion staple for many. Women around the world welcome warm weather because it means shopping for a new sundress or pulling an old favorite out of the wardrobe. These dresses come in so many varieties that women of all ages can pull off a sundress and look fabulous. However, there are some best practices to keep in mind before slipping into that ubiquitous summer fashion.

Best Ways to Wear a Sundress

Avoid clashing prints: Part of the fun of sundresses is playing around with various colors and patterns. Summer and fun prints go together so it's only natural that you'll want to play with patterns such as polka dots and florals. An allover pattern can look great on this type of dress, but don't let it clash with patterned accessories. Instead, keep your purse and jewelry solid but in a complementary shade for the best look.

Flattering cuts: Sundresses aren't one-length-fits-all. You'll have no trouble finding super-short hemlines that flatter the very young and leggy, but for the woman who prefers a longer length, there are plenty of sundresses featuring long hemlines as well. The trick is to make sure you choose a sundress with the right details for your body type. An A-line skirt flatters just about everyone, while a belted dress can create the illusion of a waistline for the woman who doesn't have much of one.

The right bodice: Even among different dresses, the skirt portion may be very similar. It's the bodice that often makes the difference in how flattering the dress is to your frame. Halter cuts and spaghetti straps look amazing on women with great arms and shoulders. Thick straps and short sleeves are best for ladies who aren't all that confident about their upper arms.

Work wear: Just because it's a sundress doesn't mean it can't work for the office. If you know how to dress it up, you can even take this fashion to work. First, choose a sharp blazer or cardigan to wear over it. Add pumps or slingbacks along with pantyhose. Finish off with a sleek handbag and the appropriate jewelry, and your office outfit is complete.

Very simple: Of course, part of the allure of sundresses is that they are one of the most carefree pieces of attire a woman can own. Most lend themselves to the type of casual feel you'll find at retailers like Keep things simple by adding shoes such as flip flops or flat sandals.

Foundation garments: Although people won't see your undergarments, it's still important to put some thought into them. You don't want a bra strap hanging out or suffer the embarrassment of wearing a see-through dress with nothing underneath! Bras come in many types so if you don't want straps to show, choose a strapless version. Be sure and wear a slip if your dress is sheer. Don't neglect what you wear under your dress to avoid any fashion blunders.

Start with a flattering cut and color, and you're well on your way to creating an unforgettable look. These styles are easy to dress up or down depending on your mood and the occasion.