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The Definitive Short Dress Guide

Updated: May 30, 2023

How to Wear a Short Dress & Look Flawlessly Chic!

Hey ladies, have you ever been out shopping and found that perfect short dress, tried it on, only to have to put it back on the rack because it was too short or revealing? Of course, we all have!

There are lots of different styles of short dresses to choose from when planning to get out on the town. The type, design, and characteristics of dresses to pick from really all depend on the specific activities planned and who is invited. Options are limitless for the modern sophisticate. Some events justify the ability to rock short dresses, while some others do not.

And although many short dress styles are on-trend and effortless to wear, some like the strapless dress, backless dress, and low-neck dress are not for every woman.

So, the questions remain; How short is too short? How do you wear a short dress unassumingly and confidently, without looking trashy?

Less is more… Showing less doesn’t have to take away from the style of a dress. You can still look fantastic and flawless in any short dress without revealing all of your treasures.

With a few simple, yet stylish tips, you can wear a short dress confidently and still look elegant, while still channeling your inner Beyonce'.

For ideal results, here are 10 tips for consideration:

HDC TIP #1: The Classic & Chic Look

For a more refined, classic, yet chic look, you'll need to keep your accessories pared down to a minimum of 2-3 statement pieces, such as a belt, necklace, and earrings. They can be either neutral or of the same tone as the dress. If you are unsure of how to achieve this, you should go for a black clutch and black pumps. You should also wear silver stud earrings. To finish the look, you should wear a sleek, simple hairstyle such as a slicked-back ponytail or an elegant chignon.

HDC TIP #2: The Little Black Dress

The popular little black dress is not only ideal for cocktail events, but they are also perfect for any occasion, and the styles are endless. For an ideal look, you should work at enhancing your features. Makeup is vital! You can choose to enhance your lips or eyes for a dramatic effect. If you're looking for a more glamorous, sultry look, you should create a smokey or classic cat-eye and wear darker matte lipstick. When it comes to your hairstyle, consider going for a feminine up-do or a romantic braided style.

HDC TIP #3:. The Flapper Dress

Indeed, the 1920s were known as the "Roaring 20s" for their lively and exciting atmosphere. The flapper dress was a highly popular style during that time, and while it's challenging to find an authentic vintage dress, you can always find flapper-inspired short dresses with fringe detailing. For example, you can opt for a simple sleeveless shift short dress in a neutral black, cream, or tan color. If you're looking for extra flair, you could try a sleeveless short dress with fringe detailing or a drop-waist style. These dresses capture the spirit of the 1920s and add a touch of retro elegance to your look.

HDC TIP #4: Play With the Hemline

An asymmetrical or high-low hemline will add some flair to your short dress while providing added leg coverage. You can also select a dress with a deep slant cut for a more on-trend look.

HDC TIP #5: Select a Dress That Flatters Your Body Shape

As women, we are more inclined to wear dresses that are shorter and form-fitted, as they tend to evoke a sexier overall look. However, consider your body type and wear style to accentuate your figure and look, not detract from it.

HDC TIP #6: Less is More – Don’t Overexpose Yourself

If you’re wearing a short dress that shows a lot of legs, keep other body parts covered. i.e. Wear a mini dress with long sleeves. The key is to balance out the proportions of the look and not make it too revealing. And since уоur hemline will bе ѕhоrt, уоu ѕhоuld diver аttеntiоn аwау frоm your lеgѕ. Thе bеѕt wау to do this is by wеаring short dress with a high nесklinе or bold color.

HDC TIP #7: Keep Accessories to a Minimum

When you are wearing a mini or short dress, your legs are your most important accessory. So, let them be the focal point and maximize your look with no more than 2-3 accessories.

HDC TIP #8: Select The Right Lingerie

Panty lines can kill a fabulous look, no matter how stunning the dress is. Wear seamless underwear to avoid this issue. Also, invest in a quality body shaper to emphasize your curves and minimize any unflattering areas.

HDC TIP #9: Avoid Overly Figure-hugging, or Fitted Mini & Short Dresses

Your short dress should be snug enough to fit you at all the right places but not so tight that it borders on unflattering and looks like you are trying too hard. If your dress is too tight, it will move up your thighs as you sit or move, and you don’t want that now, do you?

HDC TIP #10: Select the Appropriate Dress Length

The definition of short can vary depending on who you ask. So, how short is too short? The ideal length is right below your fingertips when you rest your arms on either side. Try not to go shorter than that. Not only will the right length keep you comfortable, but it will complement your body too.

We all know short dresses are must-haves in our wardrobes, so be sure to find high-quality short drеѕѕes thаt will lаѕt and are timeless!

Now, what am I missing? Yes, of course, a cute dress, that’s what! Want a great dress to remind yourself what is beautiful about life? To give you some inspiration and ideas, below are 6 dresses; short and not-so-short, that will propel your fall wardrobe forward!

So, now it’s your turn – Which of these tips will you try…1, 2, 3 or all of them!? We would love to hear from you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

I’ll be back soon with a new post, but in the meantime, you can find me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Bloglovin’. You can also contact me via e-mail if you’d like to ask a question, need friendly advice, or just to chat.

Live, Laugh & Love Always, Tiffany

Be Bold. Be Confident. Be Uniquely YOU

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