We value our editorial independence, basing our comparison results, content and reviews on objective analysis without bias. But we may receive compensation when you click links on our site. Learn more about how we make money from our partners. With so many online fashion sites popping up for twenty-something girls, it can be hard to find retailers dedicated to designing clothing for women who want something more sophisticated. Shopping for not-so-revealing dresses can be tricky business.
Whether you want to flaunt what you've got, strategically slim, or highlight your finest assets, there's a dress that's perfect for every age, style, and body type. Below, we've rounded up a selection of our favorite looks that are sure to flatter for every occasion. This longsleeved number is as effortlessly chic as a classic shirtdress, but the striped detailing and asymmetric hem give it extra style points. The simple silhouette of this punchy pink shift dress belies it's wear-everywhere superpowers: a sturdy cotton fabric with waist-cinching seams, and—everyone's favorite—pockets.
The lack of clothing for older women in fashion magazines and high street stores is a puzzling phenomenon. As we get older, we should be feeling more confident and comfortable in our own skins. So why would we want to start dressing like wallflowers at best and bag ladies at worst? Short skirts and sleeveless halter necks might feel a little too exposing — nobody wants to look like mutton dressed as lamb! Mature ladies fashion should be a little more elegant and understated, which is not to say everything suddenly needs to become frumpy and boring.
O ne of the most irritating things about buying clothes when you're older is that no one seems to take into account the fact that, short or tall, fat or thin, your shape changes. How many times have you screwed your courage to the sticking-place and faced the unforgiving fitting room, clutching what you're sure is the perfect frock for you, only to discover that the waist is in the wrong place and the bustline appears to be some three inches north of where you'd like it to be? Buttoned fronts invariably gape because the fastenings are in the wrong place; waistbands pinch, roll and sit around your ribs or on your hips; high necks strangle, low necks bag out; and no one accommodates a proper tum or a bum larger than a satsuma. Given this apparent oversight you would be excused for thinking that the looser, outsize shapes beaming down to us from Planet Fashion this season are good news. Alas, I fear you will almost certainly find that where these apparently forgiving shapes are meant to fit — and they will be meant to fit on at least one point of the body — they won't, or at least they won't on you.