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While many people dream of a life where it would be within their reach to wear only couture, the reality is that average folks can better afford off the rack outfits.

That said, there is no need to resign yourself to a life of ill-fitting clothing that look and feel like they were made for someone else.

All it takes is defining your body type. Once that is accomplished, a little brushing up on what best complements your proportions is all you need to get all the benefits of couture clothing, minus the cost.

Today we will talk about dresses and skirts because in the heat of summer there is nothing easier or breezier.

If you’re pear-shaped, a full-skirted dress will enable you to accentuate the positive, while cleverly concealing the area you may be less comfortable with. The structure of this type of dress, a fitted bodice, nipped waist and pleated skirt will make you feel feminine and more importantly, confident.

Pleated midi skirts fit pear-shapes at the waist with an A-line silhouette, while being swingy at the hips.

Moving through the fruit aisle, those who are apple-shaped should try a flared shift dress. Your mid-section won’t be hugged too tightly, but unlike a shapeless, sack-dress; a trumpet hem will give the illusion of a smaller waist.

No ice required, but skater skirts will best help apple-shapes to glide around with full confidence. The waist will be fitted like it should be, with the shorter length allowing your legs to be on full-display.

Hour-glass shaped women look fabulous in fit-and-flare dresses. When you’re curvy, this silhouette is perfect for showing off your well-proportioned figure as well as highlighting your slim waist.

Finally, pencil skirts will sketch the perfect picture for hour-glass shaped women. The snug fit will accentuate your shape by smoothing out your hips and thighs rather than bulking them up with excess fabric. Denim pencil skirts are hot right now and will continue to be for the near foreseeable, fashion future.

“What is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” Yves Saint Laurent