Nobody likes that last minute outfit-picking frenzy that takes place before a spontaneous night out, one of the biggest challenges is deciding whether to go sexy and fitted or comfortable and lose fitting! Yes, a bodycon maxi is glamorous but is it always practical on the dance floor?
If you’re often torn between fitted and floaty, here’s a look at the two styles and what sorts of going out dresses you have to choose from in either category:
The first dress that springs to mind when looking at fitted frocks is the bodycon. These super-clinging designs aim to show off every curve. Available in mini, midi and maxi lengths it’s pretty versatile, but usually only worn by the body confident – after all, it’s not a fit to hide any lumps and bumps. If you’re thinking bodycon for a night out, you can go all out glamour with stiletto heels and a push-up bra, or opt for a more toned down take, with a denim jacket and dr. martens. Cut-out bodycons, which feature shapes holes in the fabric, are huge this season. Bodycons can be long sleeve, short sleeved or sleeveless.
Next up, the skater dress, ideal for those who want to emphasize their bust but would rather not have a form-fitting skirt. The skater dress skirt hangs and flicks out, cute for twisting dance moves. This design is named after the costumes worn by ice skaters and is guaranteed to make you feel flirty and girly.
Finally, the shift dress. This classic design is fitted and firm, which means it shapes your figure and lets you get away with a multitude of sins below. This is quite a sophisticated and mature fit but many high street stores stock playful patterns and bright shades that make it great choice for women old and young.
Let’s start with a summer staple – the full length bandeau Maxi dress; elasticated around the bust and waist and floaty to the floor, this is a really comfortable dress fit for night and day. Not the most seductive of fits if you’re looking for a glamorous night out, but for chilled out drinks with friends they’re pretty and comfortable.
For a more formal floaty style, take a look at mini sleeveless shirt dresses, which take a sophisticated blouse top, strip it off sleeves and feature a floaty short skirt beneath. A very flattering and smart look which can be teamed with tights and heels or summer shoes like gladiator sandals.
Then there is the handkerchief dress which is probably the most elegant and floaty of all designs – although not suitable for every bodyshape. Made from silks or silk-like materials, handkerchief dresses are available in both mini and maxi lengths and usually feature a glamorous halter neckline.
Angharad Swann is a fashion blogger from the UK. When she’s not blogging about frocks – from going out dresses to beach maxis – she models for her sister’s bridal boutique.