How not to wear a sundress this summer may be just as important as how to wear a sundress. With temperatures rising into the nineties, more and more women are wearing sundresses to shop, to run errands, and to pay their bills at local business offices. While the warm rays of the sun feel awfully good after the dismal months of winter, too many women are unaware of the unfavorable impressions they make. Some women, especially plus size and large busted women, actually embarrass themselves and others by the way they wear their sundresses. This was brought home to me yesterday afternoon when a large woman reached down inside the front of her sundress, pulled a wad of cash from her generous cleavage, and paid a bill with money that was sweaty, damp and smelly. Perhaps she was unaware of the inappropriateness of her actions; perhaps she simply didn’t care. Maybe, if she knew, she would have been as humiliated as the cashier was and make a few changes to her summer wardrobe. Here are a few tips on how not to wear a sundress this summer:
Many sundresses are made with elasticized tops that allow them to conform to the natural curves of the body. These sundresses can be adorable when worn by tiny teens and can be worn effectively by slender and small busted women in their twenties and thirties. They should grip the bust and waist quite tightly, making them suitable to wear without a bra. They generally lack the support needed by plus size and large busted women, showing more of the figure than even the sun wants to see. If you do wear a sundress with an elasticized top, never keep your money or your cellphone tucked in your cleavage. It’s embarrassing to see it slipped in, equally embarrassing to see it fished out, and totally unacceptable to hand sweat-moistened twenties to an office worker or store clerk.
Lightweight jersey is one of the most common fabrics used in making sundresses. It is soft, airy and inexpensive. It can also be extremely revealing and unattractive. If you choose to wear a light jersey sundress, make sure the skirt is full enough to fall easily over your hips and buttocks. Remember, close fitting jersey will show every natural body crease, line and bulge, detracting from the overall appeal of the dress. Never wear a sundress that shows more than you want it to or one that emphasizes the negative rather than the positive. You may also want to consider wearing a half slip with a sundress for added security and an extra silky layer to help smooth the lines of the tummy and buttocks.
Petite women too often choose sundresses that are simply too long. Wherever you go, you’ll see a few women with their skirts puddling on the floor around their feet. Not only does this look ridiculous; it also allows the skirt to become dirty and can cause an unexpected fall. Some short women can wear sundresses effectively with heels; others have learned to hem and have shortened their sundresses a few inches. An hour spent practicing hemming can be an hour well spent, especially if you are less than 5’ 6” tall. Rolling skirts at the waistline is generally ineffective and unattractive. If you have to pick up the skirt of your sundress when you walk or climb stairs, it is too long.
Some of the best choices in sundresses have built-in bras to provide the support you need, a bit of boning to keep the tops from slipping down, and pleated or shirred skirts for a crisp, figure flattering look. This spring, floral and geometric print sundresses are especially popular and those combining several prints and patterns with chevron stripes are in the spotlight. Choose your sundresses carefully, making the most of your assets and avoiding embarrassing situations. Beautiful, figure flattering sundresses in a variety of styles, lengths and colors for plus women can be found at fullbeauty.com. The sun’s rays feel good on bare shoulders; soak them up in style with renewed confidence knowing how you should never wear a sundress.
As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending.