Who Can Wear These Long Summer Dresses?

Sheri Reed
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long summer dress

Photo from Gap

Don't let the extra coverage and flowy comfort of long summer dresses, like this Empire-Waist Halter Dress from Gap, make you think it's good for any body type. It's not. Frankly, I think this is another one of those summer styles that only looks good on long and lanky model bodies (bless you if you have one; I do not).

I keep seeing these long, cotton, and comfy-looking summer dresses in all the stores. Their flowing, somewhat shapelessness draws me in, but I have to beware. This is the worst look for my body. I have hips, breasts, and a very short waist, and I'm only 5' 1". So when I put this style of dress on, I am immediately happy with its comfort, but when I look in the mirror, I look about 4' 1".

I don't know about you, but the fashion world is very good at tricking me. I like to think "empire waists" will help camouflage my not-flat belly. But it's quite the opposite. It's much better when I wear clothes that create a waistline than take my already-short waistline and make it invisible.

What do you think about this long summer dress style? Can you wear it?

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