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Grad Dress Shopping 101

May 1st, 2013

Part of the joy of shopping for that perfect graduation dress is sifting through the many racks of options. But at the same time, this can end up being an overwhelming process. If you know how to choose the dress style that will best suit your body shape, it is much easier to narrow down the options.


-Many dresses will look fantastic on these girls, but breaking up a long dress with a belt or waist embellishment will center the look.  Another great way to break up the long line is to choose a contrasting colour on the top and bottom.

-These are the girls that can really rock a poufy Cinderella dress, and to create and even more stunning entrance, choose to a subtle colour and a softer flowing fabric.

-If going for a shorter style, be careful that your hemline falls at least below mid-thigh, not shorter.


-A mermaid style is gorgeous on these ladies as the bottom kick pleat really balances them out, while the tight bodice really highlights the waist.

-Another great option is a high-waisted or empire waist dress with a soft flowing skirt.

-Avoid creating strong horizontal lines like straight across strapless necklines. Sweetheart or V-neck breaks up that line and elongates the body.


-A short dress with embellishments is ideal. Ruffles and details can add dimension where needed just be careful they do not takeover the look.

-Long dresses should be kept very simple with minimal pattern and/or details…otherwise the dress will overpower the girl wearing it! Avoid belts, (especially wide belts)…don’t break up the vertical line.

-A long slim fitting style in a solid bright or light shade creates height.

Thank you Kingsway Mall and Nicole (Tiwtter @KingswayNicole) from the Kingsway Style Council for the fashions.

Photographer: Shandi Saito of Tabhair Photography

The models names are; Mint green dress- Kalyna H., Black dress – Amy S., Grey dress – Jessica P.

Tags: fashion, Teens

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