You might be surprised to learn that a spa’s reception uniforms have a huge impact on how well your body looks.
“They really, really matter,” says Ashley Condon, a professional hair stylist in North Carolina who teaches spa-themed classes for clients.
“People who go to a spa with a very high-quality client, like a client who’s really looking to have a clean, crisp and healthy look, they’re going to wear a very tailored outfit.”
The first thing you need to know is that spa attire is extremely important.
“It’s the first thing people notice when they walk in, especially if you’re wearing a dress, and it’s the second thing that people notice the most,” Condon says.
“That’s when they’re really starting to see the difference between a spa and a salon.”
The second thing to know: a spa reception dress is an overall look.
So, a tuxedo, a polka dot shirt, or even a nice button-down shirt won’t do for a spa.
A dress with a matching bodice, skirt and a long skirt will be perfect for a traditional spa reception.
A blazer, a skirt and slacks will look great at a spa, but the blazer won’t make you look any better than a tee shirt and slack.
And, a cocktail dress won’t be a spa-appropriate ensemble.
“I think it’s very important to have something that matches your look, but it’s not a traditional bathing suit,” Corman says.
And if you don’t have a spa attire, your spa will probably not want you.
“In my opinion, it’s best to get your dress from a salon or boutique or something, and make sure that the fabrics are really quality,” Condo says.
This is where your hair styling can help you out.
“You have a lot of control with the length of your hair, and you can also choose a style that is flattering,” Corry says.
A few tips: Don’t overdo it.
A salon or salon can make your hair look really long, so choose a length that fits your figure and doesn’t interfere with your natural shape.
If you don, it can make it look too loose and frizzy.
“We can do that with a shampoo, a conditioner, and a condition,” Conda says.
For more ideas, visit our spa and hair care tutorial.
If the dress you want to wear has a length you don: For a short or a short-sleeved dress, go for something that’s longer and has a longer hem, she says.
You can also try a high-waisted or skinny-fit dress or dress with slacks.
A bikini or swimsuit should be short enough that you can get the best results from the flow of the dress.
Condon recommends that you use a medium-length dress or a long dress to get the most natural results.
For a full-length skirt, Condon suggests a short, high-necked skirt that is not too tight or too loose.
“If it’s long, it might look like you have too much fabric on your body,” Conder says.
Avoid a long, narrow dress.
For full-on, high necked dresses, Condo recommends a long-sleeve dress with at least a 30-inch waist.
“A lot of the time, people go for a full dress that’s long and skinny,” Condons.
“But if they do that, the length will really just drag on, and they might end up with a really bad look.
That’s not good for the clients.”
If you’re looking to get an overall spa outfit, she recommends choosing a dress with some stretch in the back, which gives your bodice a better fit.
If your spa outfit is a little more casual, a dress that is slightly longer than you would wear in a more formal setting might be a good choice.
“The best thing is to have the skirt, but if you have a skirt that’s just long enough to allow you to wear some more leggings,” Conde says.
Condo also says to look for a bra that is less revealing than the one you normally wear, like if you want a bra with a little less cut.
And for a little extra fun, try getting a little dress made to your body size, as long as it fits snugly.
Conda recommends buying the most expensive styles.
“There’s nothing worse than being a customer that you’re not sure you’re going get the look you want,” Coyns says.
The best spa dresses are designed for a more traditional, less formal look.
“One of the things that we really want to emphasize is that you should try to choose a dress from the same brand as the one that you wear,” Coudons says.
So if you go to the spa with your daughter or son, get the same outfit.
“As a client,