How to achieve stylish symmetry with different silhouettes? Choose dresses made from the same fabric.
Left: This ivory bobbinet halter dress with a deep V-neck is draped at the waist, softening a tall, narrow figure. About $310, Vera Wang Maids, 212-628-9898. Earrings, Blair Delmonico, 212-246-6580. Bracelet, R.J. Graziano, 212-685-1248. Clutch, Elezar.
Right: Another style that tricks the eye and creates the illusion of length on a short figure: an Empire waist. The dress features a gathered ivory bobbinet bodice and floor-length skirt. About $330, Vera Wang Maids, 212-628-9898. Earrings, Monet Jewelry, 800-555-9838. Necklace, Liz Claiborne Jewelry, 800-555-9838. Bracelet, R.J. Graziano, 212-685-1248.