How to Create Curves with Gathers, Draping and Pattern – A Brilliant Dress for Brick, Column and Cornet Body Shapes


gathered and draped dress

This dress has great principles for creating the illusion of a curvy silhouette

Photo courtesy of Rococo Vintage

If you have a Brick, Cornet or Column body shape, your silhouette is quite straight up-and-down with not much waist definition. This is great for days when you want to be all geometric and angular but sometimes we all want to turn our feminine glamour up a notch, don’t we?

Flattering every body shape is all about the art of optical trickery and this gorgeous vintage dress (from Rococo Vintage) shows some great principles for creating curves. First of all, the fabric itself is soft and drapes beautifully. It gathers into the waist where a floppy bow helps to disguise your actual waist size. Asymmetric panelling lends a sense of curviness to your hips and torso whilst the off-centre draping of the skirt will give you swishy movement as you sashay across the room. Finally, a pattern that varies in size and direction diverts the eye creates an illusion of movement around your body.

For maximum impact, team your dress with the right shoes for your body shape.

Angular ladies, look for these principles in dresses, tops and skirts whenever you want to fool the world into thinking that you are a born Hourglass!

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To learn how to analyse and dress your body shape, read our book The Body Shape Bible.

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