SUFFERN, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 03/29/12 -- A recent shopping-outlook survey by PriceGrabber found 50% of Americans will spend more on clothes this year than they did last year. And, as warmer weather sets in, women shift their fashion shopping focus from slacks and sweaters to easy, breezy spring dresses. So, it's no surprise that store racks are bursting with dresses in an array of fabrics, colors and styles. The options can be overwhelming, but the fashion experts at dressbarn offer reassurance to women who are tempted to retreat to the shape-camouflaging winter styles in their closets in despair: With some simple tips, they say, it's possible to find a great spring dress style to flatter any body type.
"The spring season sets the stage for brighter colors, lighter fabrics and breezy styles," said Keith Fulsher, EVP and chief merchandising officer at dressbarn. "If you take the time to understand your body type before you go shopping, you can focus on the styles, colors and patterns that will highlight your best features and play down your less-than-favorite body parts."
The style experts at dressbarn identify four common body types, and the fashion choices that flatter each shape.
1. Pear-Shaped (bottom half of your body is larger than your upper half):
2. Long and Lean
4. Plus Size
"dressbarn has fashions for every occasion and every body, from petites to plus sizes and every size in between," said Fulsher. "The right dress not only fits the season and the event, but fits your body and your personal style, too. Our experienced staff will help you find the clothes you'll love to wear -- and that's a feeling that will put a little 'spring' in anyone's step."
For more information on dressbarn, please visit dressbarn.com.
The following images are available for this release:
Image 1: Tribal print - Great for Pear-Shaped Body Type
Image 2: Brights - Ideal for Long and Lean Body Type
Image 3: Geometric stripes - Striking on Petite Body Type
Image 4: Color blocking - Perfect for Plus Size Body Type
dressbarn, a subsidiary of Ascena Retail Group Inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA), is a leading national women's specialty apparel retailer offering quality casual, career and special occasion fashions. dressbarn stores carry styles in sizes 4 to 24, as well as shoes and accessories. Today, dressbarn operates over 830 stores in 48 states. For store information and to shop online, visit dressbarn.com.