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What Line and Styles are Used for Your Dress Design

What Line and Styles are Used for Your Dress Design

Jahanara Akter
Lecturer, Dept. of Fashion Design
KCC Women’s College (Affiliated by Khulna University)
Khulna, Bangladesh
Email: fashionelongation@gmail.com



What Line and Styles are Used For Your Dress Design:

Along with a study of the use of line and styles to improve the appearance of the figure, some thought should be given to other factors that contribute to a good figure. These are:

Line and Styles are Used in Dress Design
Line and Styles are Used in Dress Design

Diet and exercise:

Some figure proportions and unshapely muscular development may be the result of faulty diet and lack of exercise.


The most perfect figure proportions will be ineffective without fine posture.

Foundation garments:

Rightly fitted foundation garments will improve any woman’s proportions and help her to maintain a better posture.

Line and styles for your different figure dress design:

Improvement of the figure may be attained by anyone through the use of the means listed above. Variations in proportion of the body and figure irregularities will need to be minimized or concealed by the skillful use of line and styles for design in dress. After analyzing your own figure, you may wish to study the suggestions and apply the line and styles  to your figure type.

The Average Figure:


Has a choice of lines. Choose those to emphasize best features.


Most any style or design that is suited to the fabric and occasion may be used.

The Short Figure:


  • Wear lines that carry the eye up and down giving a longer, overall effect Unbroken vertical lines or upward slanting diagonals.
  • If stocky, soft lines rather than tailored easy fit, V -neck lines help to slenderize. Smooth not bulky fabrics. Small designs or plain fabrics.
  • If petite, plain, uncluttered lines that follow body contour. Small details, small patterned fabrics.


  • Princess style, unbelted or with a very narrow belt.
  • Sleeves close fitting.
  • Button down the front dresses contrasting front panels.
  • Short boleros, high cut waistlines.
  • Pockets placed high.
  • Collars narrow and relatively flat.

The Tall Figure:


  • Wear lines that carry the eye in a horizontal movement, diagonal and broken lines.
  • If tall and slender, rough textures, bulky fabrics, bold prints and designs.
  • If statuesque, light weight, smooth, pliable fabrics. Dull surface, indistinct designs.


  • Wide belts, large collars, double breasted effects.
  • Long waisted or low belted effects.
  • Over blouses, peplums, tunics, capes.
  • Wide, full sleeves.
  • Two piece dresses with soft look.
  • Straight coat, either three quarter or full length, fitted sleeves.



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