Changing fashions, soaring variety and shrinking sizes - that seems to sum up women's clothing. When Shakespeare wrote, "apparel makes half the man", he probably told himself that it makes all of a woman. Women's clothes sellers seem to have understood this only too well.

What's in right now?

Fashion keeps changing - more so in women's clothing. You need to keep abreast of current trends. However, trends can also convert the new look into a sort of uniform that everyone seems to wear. You can't complain because you cannot conform and be different too. Designer and exclusive wear could offer a solution by creating a trendy but different look that attracts attention.

The current trend seems to favor black and white and stripes. They seem to be a common element in a number of fast selling dresses including solids, prints, embellished pieces, separates, dresses, swimwear and accessories. Shorts and pants have been spruced up too, ranging from knee-length shorts to convertible, rolled-up cargo pants.

Denims are in with a new look - in the form of handbags and shoes.

Blouses with an airy woven top and a Victorian touch such as lace, crochet, bell sleeves and ruffles can offer you a fresh look this season.

Suit the style to the weather

Now that summer is here, the question is what makes the best wear to suit the weather. If it's hot outside, you need to choose your clothes in such a way that it looks trendy while keeping you cool and comfortable at the same time. Choose light colors rather than dark ones. Go in for natural fabrics like cotton and open-weave fabrics that offer better ventilation. Avoid tight clothing.

The new flirty skirts are cool (pun intended!) and can be accommodating even if you're not perfectly sized. Try them in favor of the more popular shorts and T-shirts routine for a change. You'll like them.

What's the perfect length of your skirt?

You'll have to figure that one out to suit your body shape and preferences, but remember one golden rule of fashion. The width of your skirt should never be more than its height.

How about the designs?

Try florals - it's not a bad idea. The only thing to remember is that you should choose the prints to suit your shape. The general rule of thumb is that larger frames look good with widely spaced and larger sized prints, while smaller frames will look good in smaller prints.

Shrinking Numbers

While the average woman's waistline is increasing the size of her dress is decreasing - at least going by the numbers given to them. So the first point that one notes about women's dresses is that there is no standardization in the numbers and they change not only from time to time but also from shop to shop.
When ready-made (or ready-to-wear) clothing first made its appearance, there was no standardization at all, and the garments fit the wearer poorly. It was only in the mid-1940s and early 1950s that various agencies came in to set the standards and now we have the standards in place although the numbers keep changing. Efforts are still on to find a more scientific basis for the measurements and standardization of the sizes for women's dresses.

How do you find all those dresses?

Whether you are looking for standard ready-to-wear material keeping with current trends or for designer-wear, there are a number of online stores that give you a choice of clothes. You can have a look at the various styles and designs before you find the right choice for you. Even if you are going to make the purchase from your own friendly neighborhood store, it makes sense to do a bit of window-shopping from online sources.