What to look for when shopping for a summer dress:
The right length for your body type: Summer dresses come in lengths that vary from several inches above the knee, down to the ankle. Before you start shopping for a summer dress, determine what length will work best for you this summer. Take into account your body type, and what dress length will look best on your body. For example, taller people look great in longer dresses, or knee length, whereas, shorter people should never wear full length, as it makes them look even shorter than they are.
The right sleeves, or lack of sleeves: Next, when shopping for a summer dress, narrow down your choices by determining the sleeves you want. Do you want cap sleeves, tank top, strapless, spaghetti strap, halter? There are several options, so choosing the one you want can help you get the right summer dress. If you have bigger arms, a halter, or razorback is a great choice, as it helps draw the focus toward your face. If you are broad shouldered, choose something that is not going to make that too obvious, strapless is never a good idea for someone who is broad. If you want sleeves, what length? Considering what looks good on your body, and what your personal preferences are, will help make choosing a summer dress much simpler.
Choose the right fabric: If you want to hide love handles, or areas that are not as flattering on your body, do not choose an acrylic or skin tight dress. Instead, choose a more structured material that holds its form better, it will help you look thinner. In addition, choose a fabric that can breathe, as this is important if you are going to be outside in your summer dress, sweating, and the like. Natural fabrics like cotton are usually your best choice. Lastly, pick something you can toss in your washing machine at home.
Choose a flattering color: Summer colors are great, as there are lots of options in both the warm and cool families. This means that you can choose the right tones for your skin. If reds, oranges, and yellows make your skin look blotchy, washed out, pale, or poor in some other way, choose cooler colors like purples, blues, and earth tones. You should shop for a summer dress that flatters you, including the color, not just the cut.
Choose a flattering print or design: Floral, sunbursts, tie dye, solid, checked, etc. The prints and patterns for summer dresses are numerous, and so, remember two things. First, if you are a bigger girl, look for bigger prints. If you have smaller prints, it will look like a very wide expanse. The bigger the print, the smaller you will look. Also, try the dress on, and look how the pattern looks on you. For example, if there are sunbursts, make sure they are not right over your breasts, as this would look very funny.