A casual daytime dress is a wardrobe staple that I firmly believe every single girl should have in her closet – even if she thinks of herself as a tomboy who only wears shorts or jeans. Owning a casual dress in a basic color that fits well and feels comfortable is the first step towards having a more mature wardrobe. I personally don’t know where I would be without my own selection of day dresses (which, just FYI, is unnecessarily gigantic). I have a few basic options that can be worn with layers for fall and winter, or more stripped down for spring and summer. A good dress instantly makes you look more put-together and stylish, and requires very little extras. But as simple as a dress can be, there are still some fashion tips you have to keep in mind when wearing one… unless you like wardrobe malfunctions and embarrassing situations, of course.
This Ask Reddit thread reminded me of a good point: a lot of girls don’t wear dresses outside of fancy occasions until they get a little older, and then they sometimes have no idea what they’re doing. Jeans aren’t complicated – you put them on, add a shirt, and go – but dresses can cause a lot of problems if you’re not careful. Once you have these basic tips down, you’ll find that throwing on a dress can sometimes be your best option no matter where you’re going – especially on particularly warm summer days, which are coming up before you know it. Here are 14 helpful fashion tips everyone who wears dresses must know:
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The Dress Is Almost Never As Short As It Feels
MoistIsANiceWord: If the dress is very short, it may feel like your ass cheeks are hanging out.
This most usually will not be the case.
Some dresses feel super short, but don't look super short at all. Do your little check in the mirror to make sure.
Bend Over In Front Of A Mirror Before You Go Out
Lady_S_87: If it's a short dress: Put the dress on. Stand with your back to a full length mirror. Test out how far you can bend over without showing off your lady bits.
Bending over a dress can mean flashing your butt to everyone. To see what you can get away with, test it out in your mirror at home. It takes five seconds and can save you some embarrassment.
Consider Wearing Small Shorts Under Your Dress
RashaGirl: If you have a short dress or if it is windy outside, wear cotton booty shorts under it, so if your skirt lifts up - no problem. Make sure that panty lines are not horrendous or obvious. Enjoy the wind between your legs and the give in to the urge to twirl around. Avoid floor vents on the street.
If I'm wearing a dress that's on the shorter side, or it's a really windy day, I throw on a pair of boy shorts or tight biker shorts. It's just an easy way to feel comfortable in a dress, because you don't have to spend a lot of time worrying about accidentally flashing someone.
Keep Your Legs Together When Getting Out Of A Car
TheFloweryLady: When getting in and out of a car, sit down in the car seat facing away from the car and just swing your legs into the car, keeping your knees together. When getting out, swing your legs out first so again you are sitting facing away from the car, then stand up. It's easy to get the hang of, just focus on keeping your knees together haha!
I'm sure we've all seen enough celebrity wardrobe malfunction pictures to know that getting out of a car in a dress equals almost certain disaster - either someone is going to see your underwear or, if you're not wearing any, a whole lot more. I personally don't feel like it's the end of the world if you accidentally flash someone a sliver of underwear while getting out of a car, but if you want to avoid that, follow this tip.
Handbags Make Your Dress Ride Up
katemonkey: If you have a large bag or anything that rides against your side or back, make sure that your dress isn't riding up with it. So many times. Oh so many times.
Dresses are amazing, but their biggest downfall is that they ride up easily, which leaves you vulnerable to wardrobe malfunctions that show off your underwear. One thing to keep in mind: large handbags, especially crossbody bags, can easily make your dress ride up as you walk, so it's something to keep an eye out for.
Deodorant Helps Cut Down On Chafing
NiKnight42: Rub deodorant (roll on, not gel) on your inner thighs to stop the obnoxious chafing. You can also put a mini stick in your purse to reapply throughout the day.
The worst part of wearing a dress is dealing with chafing between your thighs. This is especially annoying on hot summer days. Cut down on the pain with deodorant or any of these tips.Source: iStock
Consider Buying A Slip or a Bodysuit
newintownbtw: Many people skip a slip, not realizing that it ensures no one can see through the skirt (sometimes the fabric is only translucent in brighter light than you've seen it) and that it's not going to bunch up in your crotch in the wind. Very thin fabrics will look better with another layer under them, too. And rough fabrics will feel better with a layer between you.
I love to buy cheap sundresses at Forever 21 because some of them are so cute and affordable. Unfortunately, a lot of these cheap materials are actually pretty sheer, and you usually don't even realize that until you're wearing it and someone tells you they can see straight through it. Buy yourself a thin slip or a bodysuit to wear underneath.
Remember Your Butt Can Make Dresses Shorter
anthologyofbadideas: If you have a big butt, dresses tend to ride up in the back and droop in the front. It might look fine when you try it on and fall into place like that as soon as you start moving around. Either carry some tape so you can bring the hem up a bit in the front of that happens or wear it around the house and take it in when that happens. I have to give all my dresses and skirts a test run to make sure that doesn't happen.
Yep! This happens all the time. Just a good tip to keep in mind.
Wear A Dress When You Need To Look Nice Without Too Much Effort
fuzzykittyfeets: People are going to think you look absolutely beautiful and you spent an insane amount of time getting dressed when really all you did was put on a long fancy shirt.
It's true: dresses always look more put-together, even when it only took you two minutes to get dressed. If you ever need to look good but you're low on time, grab a casual dress that fits well and nice shoes, and you're good to go.
Always Check The Back Of Your Dress After Using The Bathroom
[deleted]: After you use the bathroom and stand up, always Double-check that the hem in the back isn't caught in your underwear or nylons. Sometimes you don't notice the breeze from behind until it is too late.
Ugh, this is so important. I wear dresses a lot and I'm usually pretty good with making sure my dress isn't tucked into my underwear after using the bathroom, since that's basically my worst nightmare. But the other day, I slipped up at work, and my co-worker literally saw my butt. Don't let this happen to you! Always check!
Hold It Close On The Stairs
lemoncakeeater: when you are walking up the stairs, if you are wearing a flowy short dress, make sure to grab the side of the skirt tightly against your legs as you walk up, so that you don't flash the person walking behind/under you.
If you don't want the people below you to see everything, keep your dress tight!
Always Pull On Your Skirt Before Sitting Down
glacialcl: Before you sit down, kind of brush the skirt portion down from your butt, to make sure you end up sitting on your skirt and not just underpants-to-chair.
The absolute worst thing about wearing a short dress in the summer is trying to sit down and ending up putting your almost bare butt on a sticky, hot chair. Always pull on your dress to make sure your butt is on the material and not the chair.
Hold It Close When You Pee
Animus17: When gathering it up to sit down to pee, be sure you have it all gathered up, and that a part of the hem isn't hanging in the toilet... Happened a couple too many times.
Don't forget to hold your hem up when you're going to the bathroom, especially if your dress is long or flowy.
Be Wary About Bending Over
seruhndipitee: Don't bend over, bend down at the knees.
Even after doing a test in the mirror, a good rule of thumb is to bend at the knees whenever you're wearing a dress, instead of bending over. It's just being proactive!