When it comes to dress shopping, knowing your body is key to finding styles that suit your shape. Discovering flattering dresses for your figure will help you look and feel fabulous whatever the occasion. When it comes to figuring out what to wear, slipping on a dress might just be the easiest fashion solution out there. For that reason, we've created a guide to dresses that flatter each and every body type; one that celebrates your curves, your height, or your lack of either.
Apple body type
To dress successfully for the apple body, you need to direct attention away from your midriff and wear dresses to accentuate other parts. The dress you're looking for is one that defines your figure but doesn't hug your midsection too tightly. Draw attention away from your waist and shoulders/arms (wear long sleeves), and draw attention to your bust and neck (e.g. v-necks). Avoid dresses and belts that pinch at your waist, this will most likely accentuate curves that you may not wish to show off.
Pear body type
A pear shape typically carries weight on the bottom half of the body, with hips wider than the shoulders, a petite upper half and defined waist. If you’re a pear shape, the trick to finding the perfect pear dress is to look for one that will accent your smaller upper body and honor your amazing curves below.
Rectangular body type
With this body type, you may have a long, thin body that tends to lack curves. It is sometimes referred to as a "boyish" profile. If you have this body type, you can "pinch" in your waist to exaggerate curves. For example, add a belt to your dress. Go for ruffles and frills to add texture, volume, and femininity to your figure. For instance, a dress with a lot of embellishment at the bust will often give some "weight" there that makes that area look a bit bigger.
Hourglass body type
Avoid anything that makes you look "boxy"! You have admirable curves, so embrace them. Draw attention to your waist with belts and dresses that pinch at the midsection. Tailored dresses are usually more flattering. While many necklines work well for well-endowed women, V-necks are typically quite flattering. Just be sure you do not show more cleavage than appropriate.