The second half of year 2015 has begun. If one of your new year’s resolutions is to lose a few pounds. A curve-hugging Mandarin dress can help you more with the process, which will force you to tuck in your tummy and eat less. In the meantime, a Mandarin dress in the right cut won’t be too tight but will create the illusion of a better figure.
You don’t have to be Chinese to wear a Mandarin dress. Many Mandarin dresses are totally modernized. They can serve as office attire or party dresses for ladies of all races. If you are thinking about Mandarin dresses, the only concern should be how to choose a high quality one, because a low quality one won’t achieve the figure flattering effect.
Here are some guidelines on how to pick your ideal Mandarin dress:
1. A High Collar
A stand-up collar is a distinctive feature of classic Mandarin dresses. Although many modernized Mandarin dresses are collarless, it’s wiser to choose one with the traditional collar.
See the high collar in the photo above? Such a shapely high collar can make your neck look longer and thinner. That will definitely lead people to consider you quite a few pounds lighter than you really are.
2. A Waist Accentuating Design
Your Mandarin dress should be an inch to two inches larger than your body measurements to give you room to breathe while the cut of its upper part follows the natural shape of your torso. In case your natural waistline is not apparent, the part of the dress around the ribs should be cut looser and then tapers in around the waist to create a nip in the waist for you.
If a waist accentuating Mandarin dress comes with an embroidered pattern at one side or both sides of the waist, it will be even more slimming, because the pattern will draw attention inward and make the waist look narrower. Below is a great example.
3. Seamless Trimming
Satin trims can glamorize any simple Mandarin dress, but only when the stitches on them don’t show. That’s why high-end Mandarin dresses are all trimmed by hand. Only hand trimming can disguise all the stitches. If the trimming is done by machine, you will definitely see the stitches on the inner side. That’s not a big problem, but if you see your Mandarin dress as a piece of art, then you should look at the inner side in order to find seamless hand trimming.
Skillful hand trimming can ensure the smoothness of the trims and give you a perky look, which will help you appear a little skinnier, too!
4. Handmade Frog Buttons
While many modernized Mandarin dresses go without frog buttons, the traditional buttons are nice to have, because they add an artistic appeal to the dress.
Just because frog buttons are attention grabbing, they should not show stitches or broken thread. A poorly made frog button will make a Mandarin dress look cheap. So, if you like frog buttons on your Mandarin dress, take a close look to make sure they appear seamless and firmly fixated.
Handmade frog buttons look much more vivid and exquisite than those machine made. If you are ordering a Mandarin dress for an important occasion, you won’t regret paying a little more for one with handmade frog buttons. Most Mandarin dresses on elegente.com come with handmade frog buttons.
5. Smooth Pattern Combination
Many dresses are made of fabrics with printed flowers or plaid, so combining printed panels requires attention. Let’s keep in mind that a dress usually consists of a front panel, a back panel, and two side panels. If all these panels are printed, they should be combined in a way that the print looks consistent. Cheap printed dresses often display broken printed patterns.
This is an issue to consider not only when you are shopping for a Mandarin dress, but when you are looking at any type of dresses.
You can rest assured that printed panels are always carefully combined in Elegente dresses. Check out a few of them below and then you will be convinced!
Now you have know how to select a high quality Mandarin dress. Happy shopping!