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How to Choose the Right Shape for Damas' Dresses

February 10, 2008 at 12:52 PM by Isabella Wall | Comments

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Rather than choosing one dress shape for all your damas, why not choose one color, and let each dama pick a shape that suits her body type? Remember, you can further justify the expense of the dress if your friend LOVES it and would want to wear it again!

Here are my tips for dressing damas in all shapes and sizes:

She’s perfect for the sheath, a body-hugging silhouette with a slim bodice and skirt. If she’s self-conscious about being “flaca,” draw attention away from her small frame and to her neckline or face with accessories.

For round-all-over chicas, use an A-Line style, also known as “princesa style.” It adds length to the body and reduces width, giving a slimming effect. If it has a V-neck or scoop neck, it’s even more flattering.

If she is thicker in the middle (cuadradas), a princesa-style dress again minimizes the waistline, because it’s fitted at the waist and then flares out.

If your dama is self-conscious about her thighs, hips, “nalgas,” or all of the above, the most favorable dress is one with an empire waist. This style flares below the bust area, taking attention away from the hips and providing good coverage on the back.

This is my body type. My ideal style is off-the-shoulder. Make sure not to have beading on the chest area, because it draws extra attention. Strapless dresses bring too much attention to the arms, which makes ME uncomfortable, but if you don’t mind, go for it. Strapless makes your shoulders and face the focal point.

Regardless of the shape, I love short dresses for damas. They are young, hip, and contemporary and especially fun for spring and summer. I also love using the same color and fabric in a variation of silhouettes.

Please remember to share your unique ideas for damas. This is an area where everybody needs help!

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Dubbed "The Fairy Godmother of Quinceañeras" by the Latin media, Isabella is the leading expert on quinceañeras.

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