Jennifer sees her freedom to wear a dress as a superpower that her male counterparts don’t have. “Sure I might be the only woman at the table, and I might have to deal with mansplaining and answering patronizing questions, but I can wear a dress suit and they can’t,” Jennifer adds.
Jennifer’s concern is finding the right fit for her body shape. “I’m skinny but curvy. I have a hips and boobs, and I love them dearly. So finding stuff that is formfitting but doesn’t make me look too curvy or finding loose-fitting clothing that doesn’t make me look like a sack of potatoes can sometimes be a challenge,” says Jennifer.
When picking a dress silhouette, Kendall also found another solution for Jennifer’s body concerns by choosing a shape-enhancing wrap dress. “What the wrap dress does design-wise is create a fairly hourglass shape for the wearer,” says Kendall, who also notes that you should let your individual proportions guide the shape of the wrap you choose. If you’re more narrow or slightly curvy through the waist and hips, a sheath style with a defined waist with shirring, pleats, or draping installs a great shape. For curvy and full on the bottom: look for a style with a close-fitting top, a defined waist (belted or sashed), and a full A-line or circle skirt in fabrics like jersey or silk with drape so that it glides over your curves.