Fashion Tips/Gown


QUESTION: I am a 25 year old woman working in an event management organization. My job requires me to wear a formal gown on a regular basis. Do you have any ideas on what gowns I can wear comfortably for long periods? I have a preference for gowns with short trains extending behind me but I wonder if this is practical?

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ANSWER: Thank you for your question.  I am so sorry for the delayed response!

Since you will be wearing these gowns to work, I would think that you would find a train a bit bothersome after a while.  I would tend to stay toward dresses that either hit a few inches above the floor or at your ankles.  If you opt for gowns at your ankles, please choose ones with a full skirt.  This can be a great look with some nice heels.  If heels are out, I would suggest the longer length.

As to gowns that you will be comfortable wearing for several hours, that is a personal choice, but I would stay away from strapless gowns.  They have a tendency to slide down and need too many constricting undergarments.

Gowns with everything built in will be your best option.  As to which gowns will look best on you, I have a website that gives you this information. Just enter your measurements and body type and create a 3D model of your body.  Go to 'Evening' and virtually 'try on' lots of options!  It's called  

I hope this helps,

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QUESTION: I forgot to mention my measurements last time. I am 5 feet 5 inches tall and my measurements are 38-31-43. I have large hips and wonder if the following style would suit me?

Since your hips are not that much larger than your bust, this style may work for you because the interest at the shoulders helps balance your hips.  If you look closely, it looks like this model has a body type that is close to yours.

Specifics for triangle body types are:
Styles that enhance your shoulders, neckline, and bust, such as halter tops, V-necks, sweetheart necklines, and cap sleeves.

Dresses are harder for triangles than any other body type.  They tend to look better in empire cut dresses or dresses with full skirts, but if you find a fitted dress that shows your curves and balances your body, go for it!  

I don't know if you went to my website,, but if you do, you can get lots of tips about what to look for specifically when shopping and see what they look like in 3D.

If you need/want more info, please don't hesitate to ask,

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I have a website called The site allows a woman to enter a few basic measurements and create a virtual (3D) model of their body. The purpose of the site is to give them visual information as to what is right and not right for their body type. I can answer any questions pertaining to body type, style, color analysis, and what is right for each body type.


I have been a costume designer for over 25 years. I am credited as a designer in over 150 shows, including film, gaming, and theater. As I grew in my craft, I discovered that I had an eye for what type of garment is good for the female body, how each body type looks different the same garment, and how easy it is to create 'rules' to follow to always look as pulled together as possible while maintaining an individual sense of style.

High school graduate Private classes in: Make-up, wig design, sewing, pattern making, cutting, millinery, design, rendering, and fabric enhancement.

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Nominate seven times for the prestigious Carbonell Award in South Florida as best costume designer. Winner of one Carbonell Award.

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