The Per­fect Dress

Ev­ery girl wants to look beau­ti­ful, and find­ing the per­fect dress is not al­ways easy. Me­lani Se­muel sat down with Natalia Soetjipto, a tal­ented young de­signer to find out more about her de­sign, pas­sion and some tips for women of all shapes and sizes.

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Text by Me­lani Se­muel | Photos cour­tesy of Natalia Soetjipto

Natalia Soetjipto stud­ied at the Arva School of Fash­ion for a year and con­tin­ued her ed­u­ca­tion in the School of Fash­ion at Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia. She de­cided to be­come a fash­ion de­signer be­cause of her pas­sion to make ev­ery woman look beau­ti­ful and more con­fi­dent, as she be­lieves that with con­fi­dence, women can do any­thing. She takes pride when her clients look beau­ti­ful in her de­signs. De­scribe your de­signs in five words. Classy, Grace­ful, El­e­gant, Dreamy, Beau­ti­ful Do you be­lieve that ev­ery woman, re­gard­less of her body type and size, can look beau­ti­ful in a dress? Why? YES! As a de­signer, I have the re­spon­si­bil­ity to make clothes nice and pretty for women. I also en­joy guid­ing women on how a piece of cloth­ing can look beau­ti­ful and fit for use. I am aware and I un­der­stand women’s dif­fer­ent body types and what pieces or de­signs will suit them. Can you give us some tips when choos­ing a wed­ding gown / evening gown? There are five types or shapes of a woman:

Ap­ple Shape

An ap­ple-shaped body is “top heavy,” and if you have this shape, then you have a wide torso, broad shoul­ders, and a full bust, waist, and up­per back. You also would have thin­ner arms, legs, and hips, and tend to gain weight at your waist­line. If you have an ap­ple shaped-body, then you should be proud of your fuller fig­ure and get ready to flaunt it. But if you want to show off what you’ve got, you need to dress ap­pro­pri­ately. Se­lect up­per clothes that are loose. Avoid ac­cents at the waist that can give “bulk”. Choose an A-Line skirt or dress with a dark or a solid colour so that you look slim­mer.

Pear Shape

If you are a pear shaped body, then your hips are larger than your bust, you have a nicely de­fined waist, an el­e­gant neck and pro­por­tion­ately slim arms and shoul­ders. You first gain weight in your bot­tom and legs fol­lowed by your tummy and up­per body, your waist is your best as­set so don’t be afraid to show it off.


It is al­most the same with Ap­ple shape, you should avoid for jag­ging.

Straight Shape

Straight shaped means that the bust and hips are ba­si­cally the same size and the waist is slightly smaller than the bust and hips.


The key to dress­ing a Straight body type is to pro­por­tion­ally dress the top and bot­tom of your body while en­hanc­ing your waist. Wear form-fit­ting cloth­ing (such as a tube-type dress) if you’re com­fort­able with it, and cre­ate a waist by adding a wide, dark belt. How­ever, to cre­ate a more cur­va­ceous ef­fect, add vol­ume (or the il­lu­sion of vol­ume) pro­por­tion­ally to

your up­per and lower body by mix­ing and match­ing co­or­di­nated sep­a­rates.

V Shape

If you are V-shaped, you have an ath­letic body that is larger at the top. When you gain weight, it gives you a mus­cu­lar look.


Wear an off-shoul­der top (Tarzan look) to cam­ou­flage the big­ger part of your body, which is your shoul­der or top, and choose fem­i­nine clothes with a mini skirt.

Hour­glass Shape

The bust and hips are ba­si­cally the same size and your waist is well de­fined.


The key to dress­ing an Hour­glass body type is to pro­por­tion­ally dress the top and bot­tom of your body while ac­cen­tu­at­ing your waist. Wide belts over shirts and dresses are a great way to show off your waist. You can cre­ate an even more cur­va­ceous ef­fect by pro­por­tion­ally adding a bit of vol­ume to your up­per and lower body, but al­ways try to main­tain bal­ance since it is your best as­set. You have great legs so feel free to play with skirt lengths. What are some of the things we have to think about when choos­ing a gown? Ap­ple & Pear Shape = Chiffon Straight Shape = Jacquard duchess or­ganza for vol­ume V Shape = Al­lowed to wear a tight dress, but should not wear a “Sab­rina” top as you will be seem big­ger around the shoul­ders. You are fa­mous for de­sign­ing beau­ti­ful Qi Pao. When peo­ple think of Qi Pao, most of us will think that only a tall and slen­der per­son will look good in a Qi Pao, is that true? Can all body types look good in a Qi Pao? Yes, sure. Ev­ery­body can look good in Qi Pao, there are some rules which are ba­si­cally the same as the all tips above. How­ever, for ap­ple and pear shaped women, I do not rec­om­mend us­ing the span look; straight cut skirts are the bet­ter op­tion. Can you give us some tips when choos­ing a Qi Pao? Do not choose a dress that looks thick; in­stead, choose a thin­ner ma­te­rial. The mother of the bride and groom are im­por­tant fig­ures in a wed­ding, yet some­how they of­ten a lit­tle bit for­got­ten. Can you give us some tips in choos­ing the right gown for an el­derly woman? For the moth­ers of the bride and groom, it still will de­pend on the per­son­al­ity or char­ac­ter and the body shape. If the mother of the bride and groom still has a pro­por­tional body shape, she can wear a Mer­maid look dress; other­wise, she can wear an A-Line and try to use sleeves to cover cer­tain body parts . What are the trends in 2017? Soft Candy, with a sim­ple mo­tif.

Natalia Soetjipto

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