Flattering Vintage Inspired Dresses – Clarence and Alabama

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Flattering Vintage Inspired Dresses

Written by Amy Calver


Posted on May 31 2019

Pear Shape

A pear shape (or triangle) body type generally means that these ladies have bigger hips, bum and thighs but have narrow waist and smaller busts.  This 'Hepburn' Dramtic Rose 1950s Style Dress is a wonder for this body type.  Fitted bodice with an elegant boat-neck line which then flows out into a wide flared skirt.  Shows off your slimmer upper body, flatters your narrow waist and then skims out over your bum and legs.   If you don't like your arms so much then you could pair with a cropped cardigan or even a denim or biker jacket to give this an edgier look!  We love this style of dress called 'Hepburn' as inspired by the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn herself. 


Hourglass Shape

Hourglass beauties generally have bust and hips of equal proportions.  Large bust, defined waists and shapely legs. This wonderful 1940s Red Dancing Dress is the perfect vintage inspired dress to make the most of your enviable figure.  The fit on this dress creates a classic vintage 40s/50s silhouette. A cute square neckline with gathers emphasises curves and waist panel together with a slim belt to cinch in creates a further 'nipped in' look. The 3 quarter full skirt gives a full sweep and petal cap puff sleeves mean this dress does not restrict arms.

Apple Shape

Apple ladies generally have a sizeable bust and shapely legs. They have broad shoulders and a larger tummy.  Hips are narrower than the bust and they generally have a flat ish bottom.  This 'Vivian' Navy Blue 1950s Bird Dress should do the trick.  It has a deep v-neckline to showcase your bust.  The bodice finishes underneath the bust creating a flattering empire line which flows out over the tummy into an elegant floaty skirt.


Column (Rectangle) or Banana!                        

Column (or Rectangle/Banana) ladies generally have shoulders and hips pretty much the same width and not much of a waist.  Busts are average or small and usually a rectangle shape carries their weight evenly around the body or maybe store it around your middle. This 'Tabby' Teal 1940s inspired Dress will suit your figure very well.  The wrap top and a little capped sleeve is extremely flattering on all bust shapes and creates the vintage look balancing out your straight shape with a flared skirt.

Strawberry or Inverted Triangle

Sweet strawberrys have an inverted triangle body shape. You gorgeous strawberries generally have a straight shoulder line that is wider than your hips. Large bust, little definition between waist and hip and a flat bottom.  This 1940s Primavera inspired dress from Hell Bunny would really suit you.  It has a V-neckline to show off your bust and a wide waist panel finishing into a flowing skirt.



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