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Dress Your Body: Big Bust

If you’re well-endowed, shop for these necklines to look your best at your next formal event:

• Structured sleeveless – allows you to wear a supportive bra
• Sweetheart – accentuates your décolletage
• Square – cuts lows but isn’t too revealing

Dress Your Body: Short
“Short and sweet,” “short stuff,” “vertically-challenged,” whatever you prefer…
If you’re 5’ 3” and under, shopping for that perfect dress can be a challenge. Avoid frustration and embrace your height by using these tips during your next shopping trip.

• Short lengths – You’re one of the lucky few who can get away with this hemline without looking too sexy
• Monochromatic – Keep your look streamline by sticking to just one color
• Column silhouettes – Vertical straight shapes without any waistline demarcation instantly add height

Dress Your Body: Pear-Shaped
If your upper half is smaller and slimmer than your bottom half, you’re a pear-shaped beauty.
The key to working your curvaceous hips and thighs is to create a balance with your small shoulders, bust and waist. Here are some options for special occasion dressing:

• A detailed bodice with an interesting neckline or collar draws the eye up
• An Empire-waist dress in flowing chiffon or organza will skim over your bottom half
• An A-line silhouette will create the same effect
• A hip-bone length jacket will minimize your rear

Dress Your Body: Petite
If you’re proportionate all over but 5’ 3” and under, consider yourself a petite flower.
Believe it or not, there are dresses made to properly fit your small frame. Keep these tips in mind & make dress shopping fun again!

• Petite sizing – Look for styles that come in petite sizes
• Vertical lines – Vertical lines of beading, lace & even pleating help elongate your silhouette
• Empire waists – Embellished Empire waistlines draw the eye up
• Open necklines – Strapless & V-necklines instantly add height

Dress Your Body: Boy-Shaped
Late bloomer? Longing for curves?
Your body is straight from top to bottom, making it difficult to find a flattering dress for the evening. Create your own curves with a shapely style that incorporates one of the following:

• A swingy, bias-cut silhouette with movement
• Sweet feminine details of bows, sashes, or lace for visual interest
• A defined waistline with a full skirt to fill out straight hips

Dress Your Body: Curvy
The best way to compliment your curves is by revealing, not concealing, your body. Instead of hiding your fabulously feminine frame behind oversized, frumpy pieces, opt for dresses that drape over your lovely shape.
When shopping, look for:

• Open necklines that flatter your bust
• Vertical lines that trim and elongate
• Jackets that fall to the hip bone (no longer or shorter)
• Basque or Empire waistlines that slim the stomach
• A-line skirts that skim over your lower half

Dress Your Body: Hourglass
The Ideal Female Form
Lucky you! Your Hollywood bombshell curves are the envy of most. Definition and shape are the keys to accentuating your ideal proportions for eveningwear. These silhouettes are the perfect fit:

• Mermaid – hugs waist and hips, flaring from knees
• Ball gown – best with a Basque waistline
• Strapless – any open neckline will do

Dress Your Body: Tall
Embrace your statuesque physique with dresses that flatter, not add to, your height. When shopping, look for:

• Two-toned color schemes or a coloured sash – these break up a long line
• Ruffled or layered details that add curves to a straight, lengthy figure
• A-line shapes to add dimension and visual interest. Avoid form fitting sheaths

The Best Prom Dress Shape for Your Shape

1. Petite:
An Empire waistline elongates a short torso. Stay away from big, fully skirts and pick an A-line or sheath instead. They will not overpower your small frame the way a full ball gown can. A sheath will also create the illusion of height.

2. Curvy:
A wrapped, V-neck bodice allows you to wear a supportive bra while also letting you show a little skin. Empire waistlines are very slimming. A-line skirts float away from your hips and balance out your upper and lower halves.

3. Boy-Shaped:
A sweetheart or halter neckline will add femininity to your shape. Dropped waists fill out straight hips. Mermaid skirts (also called trumpet), that flare away from the body, instantly create curves.

4. Athletic:
A slight scoop neck, V-neck or off-the-shoulder neckline will cover the upper arms and minimize a muscular body. An asymmetrical cinched waistline defines a straight shape. And don’t forget – A-line skirts are universally flattering!

Dress Your Body: Prom
Size up your prom style with these helpful hints. Whatever your shape and size, Jacobs has it all for you.

Small Chest – Shop for dresses with details and embellishment at or near the bust line. Look for beaded Empire waistlines and ruched bodices
Curvy – Stick to one solid color. Or, if you want to incorporate a detail, choose a diagonal or vertical pattern
Short - Consider a short dress. You'll stand out in the crowd and chances are you won't have to alter the hemline
Big Bust - A dress with wide straps will allow you to wear a supportive bra and still look fabulous!

Prom Trend: Sweet Hues
Candy Coloured Confections
Show your sweet side at the prom this year in shades of cotton candy, Smarties or Sweet Tarts. A pastel gown will add a saccharine touch to your total look.

Prom Trend – Trust Your Animal Instincts
...And Walk on the Wild Side!
Channel your inner leopard (or tiger, or zebra) and don a prom dress that’s truly wild. Animal prints are all the rage this prom season and there are plenty at Jacobs to fulfill that tigress need inside of you.

What’s Your Prom style?
If you tend to lean towards simply elegant silhouettes with just a hint of embellishment.
If your style is more g-l-a-m-o-r-o-u-s than Fergie’s, you’re a show-stopping kinda gal. These red-carpet designs are made from only the most luxurious fabrics.
Dangerously deep necklines, slim cut skirts and high shine details make you a glitzy and sexy kind of girl at the same time being the fun, flirty girl. 


MOB Trend - Champagne Toast
Toast to your child’s new union in a champagne-hued gown

Hues of champagne like light beige; matte gold and sand transcend seasons and are appropriate for both formal and informal affairs. A champagne gown will also perfectly compliment your daughter (or daughter-in-law)’s bridal gown in pictures.

MOB Trend: Lace Details
Sweet, sassy and elegant

Whether used on just the bodice, to accent a matching bolero, or as an all over effect, mother of the brides are embracing lace details for their wedding day attire. Lace designs have been updated to add romantic elegance to evening wear, a big difference from fashion’s past frumpy old lady lace.

Mother Superior – What to Wear
With so many styles out there, what’s a mom to wear? As mother of the bride or groom, you hold a high place of respect in the wedding party. In order to dress the part, consider the following when shopping:

• Formality – An outside afternoon wedding calls for a chic short suit while a grand evening affair requires an elegant dress set or ball gown
• Color – Although you don’t need to perfectly match the maids, don’t pick a color that might clash in group photos. Also, stay away from all shades of white (reserved solely for the bride) and all black (too morbid)
• Season – Chiffon and organza are ideal for warm months; heavier shantung and taffeta styles are perfect for the fall and winter

M.O.B. Doesn’t Stand for “Mother of a Boxy, Frumpy Suit.”
Don’t fall fashion victim to the traditional boxy, frumpy suit. Show off your womanly figure in a luxurious ball gown or a draped sheath with an interesting accent like large Swarovski crystal stones or beaded lace bustier. Celebrate your daughter or son’s wedding in style!


From Ceremony to Reception...
When shopping for an outfit for an upcoming wedding or social occasion, look for ensembles that come with a coordinating jacket or shawl. A matching cover-up instantly makes any evening or ball gown ceremony-appropriate while removing it ups the glam factor for a night time reception.

Red Hot on the Red Carpet
Oscar's finest turned shades of red on the carpet this year.

It’s hard to go wrong with red. This color is age-appropriate and complimentary for women of all ages and nationalities. Bright ruby red applauds porcelain skin while deeper shades of crimson and merlot are beautiful on darker skin tones. Miley Cyrus, Anne Hathaway, Katherine Heigl, Heidi Klum, Ruby Dee and Helen Mirren all proved this at the 80th Annual Academy Awards.

Bridesmaid Dress Trend - the New Necklines
Hot Halters and Sleeveless V-Necks

Don't limit your maids to strapless frocks. Halters and v-necklines are just as big this spring. And they allow your best girls to be more comfortable on your big day.

One Shoulder Chic
Not Your Mother’s Toga

Less refined than a high halter yet not as overtly sexy as a low V-neckline, a single-strap gown exudes elegance with its Greek goddess appeal. This asymmetrical look is an eye-catching sophisticated one that flatters all body types by carefully baring a little skin.

What a Sweetheart
If you’ve got it…

Whether you want to accentuate what you’ve got or create structure for what you don’t, the sweetheart neckline (shaped like the top of a heart) is the perfect way to add sensuality to a formal ball gown or ultra-girly wedding dress style.

White Hot
Contestants went pale with excitement at this year's Miss America Pageant.
Colorless gowns graced the stage this year, allowing the contestants to shine on their own. Fortunately, you don't have to be a beauty queen to wear this trend.

Cinch in Your Silhouette like Marie Antoinette
Create the slimmest silhouette possible in your bridal gown by choosing a style with a corset back bodice. This feature is designed to cinch in your gown's bodice, thus enhancing your bust and focusing on your narrow waist.

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