her ensemble: the drop waist dress

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Fashion is about proportion and creating a balanced silhouette. No matter what your body type, women strive to create an hourglass figure. It’s for this reason that drop waist dresses are one of the trickier silhouettes to pull off. It visually elongates your torso as the dress falls from the shoulder to the hip, gathering into a pleated skirt at the hip. By default, it lowers the position of your natural waistline. Unfortunately, this dress works best on specific body types, mainly on the tall and slender. However, all is not lost. If you carry most of your weight in your midsection and are relatively straight up and down, you may find drop waist dresses flattering to your shape. Look for styles that are relatively loose and plain in the midsection. Aim to keep embellishments around the shoulders or lower down near the hemline. Also, opt for dresses with a shorter hemline to ensure your legs are balanced with your torso.

Journalist and blogger Alice McGenniss-Destro, who makes up one third of The Influencer and creator of Catwalk of words, demonstrates how to pull off a drop waist dress. I love the detailed embroidery in the midsection and the pairing of light wash denim and neutral ankle boots. The look reads casual cool, perfect for a sunny autumn day!

Get this look:

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a. Vintage Wash Denim Jacket, £45, moto, topshop.com
b. Cropped Denim Jacket, £220, Acne, net-a-porter.com
c. Denim Des Jacket, $84.95, SoCo LS, theiconic.com.au

d. Premium Dress with Drop Waist and Embroidery, $134.67, asos.com
e. Open Back Drop Waist Lace Dress, $340.23, Jill Jill Stuart, nordstrom.com
f. FP One Angel Lace Dress, $129.49, freepeople.com

g. Baraka Ankle Boot, $189.95, tonybianco.com
h. Star Leather Ankle Boots, $635, Acne, mytheresa.com
i. Ascott Strappy Boots, £82, topshop.com
j. Anya Leather Shopper Camel Tote, $139, shopjessicabuurman.com

Note: Prices correct at time of posting

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