In layman's terms, cutting fabric on the diagonal causes it to have much more stretch which results in it accentuating body lines and curves and causing it to drape softly. For example, a full-skirted dress cut on the bias will hang more gracefully or a narrow dress will cling to the figure.
Madeleine Vionnet. She firmly believed, as I do, that "when a women smiles, her dress should smile too". Vionnet's designs rejected corsets, padding and various other structured tailoring of the day and instead should accentuate the natural female form.
With this celebration of the more natural female form in mind, this Wednesdays post looks at which body shape best suits the bias cut, and which of Redressing's collections fall into the bias cut style!
Posh Frocks, the bias cut dress doesn't have to stay there. A bias cut dress can also be worn as a more everyday option.
This particular dress is a cute, cap sleeved ditsy print dress with a slightly asymmetrical hemline. As it is cut on the bias it will softly cling to your shape. As bias cuts are usually a 'no-no' for traditional pear shapes, finding one with some sleeve detail makes it possible to balance out the bottom-heavy part of your figure and create the elusive hourglass one which bias cut dresses most readily suit.
Bias cut dresses most definitely do cling so you do need to be aware of that! However some of the most celebrated pear shaped celebs (like the lovely J.Lo) have made bias cuts part of their trade mark style!
here are some of Redressing's bias cut beauties...X
|Sz 12 Dorothy Perkins £20|
|Sz 8 Bay Trading £15|
|Sz 12 Wallis £20|
|Sz 12 Topshop LBD £15|