Best Dresses for Your Body Type

We will help you find the best dress for your body type. When you want to look your best, you need to select you dress style according to your body shape. We help you with the do's and don'ts for each body type. The first step is knowing what's your body type.

Best dresses for your body type | Best Dresses for Your Body Type

Take the body type guide above to help you know your body type. Now that you have your silhouette figured out, scroll down to learn the dress style that will make your body look its best. Not dressing for your body type may be the biggest fashion faux pas.  

The hourglass
Hourglass body type celebrities | The hourglass

Women  with  the  hourglass  body  type  have  the  bust  and  hip  approximately the  same  size  and  a narrow waist. Killer curves are a strong characteristic of an hourglass silhouette.


You DO have an hourglass silhouette if...

- Your bust and hips are well balanced and you have a well-defined waist. 

- You  have  slightly  rounded  shoulders  that  align  well  with  your  hips, creating  a  balanced proportion. 

-Your waist is narrow and gracefully curves out to your hips.   

-You most likely have a rounded bottom and your upper body is proportionate in length to your legs which are shapely.

If these characteristics match your body type, it is important that you look for a dress that draws attention  to  your  narrow  waist. Also,  try  to  balance  the  bulk  around your  bust  and  look  for tailored nipped in materials that hug your curves.


What SHOULD you look for? 


It  is  really  important  to  be  well aware of  your  body  type  when  getting dressed.  If  you  are  an hourglass celebrate your waist and wear belted dresses.  


The main guidelines: 


- Wrap dresses are a key shape. 

- Avoid volume enhancing details: bows and dimensional details that add volume. 

-Soft silks that drape gently over your natural curves. 

- V necks and low slimming necklines that draw the eye closer to your waist.

 

Looking for the best dress for an hourglass body type?


-Form  hugging  tops can  really  flatter your  silhouette.  Also,  you  can  further enhance  your waist by adding a belt to basic dress.   

-Wrap-style  dresses  (the  ones  cleverly  created  by  Diane  von  Furstenberg) were  made  to accentuate your thin waist and enhance your hourglass figure. 

-Flowing dresses that are banded at the waist are perfect to show off your curves, creating a dramatic hourglass effect. 

- Wear fitted dresses with darted waists that contour your natural shape.   

- Go  for  form-fitting  tops  that  nip  in at  the  waist  with  a  flare  at  the  hip. This  flare  can  be balanced with a structured or princess shoulder. 

Choose  soft  fabrics  like  knits  and  silk blends,  as  these  materials  gently  drape over your natural curves, keeping your bust in proportion with your hips.  

 

Styling tip: 


Some  hourglass  figured  women  would rather  look  thin  rather  than  curvy:  if this  is  the  case,  slim down  your  upper half  by  wearing  dark  colours,  vertical stripes  or  vertical  pleats.  This  is  a really good trick if you want to soften your curves. 


Stay away from:   


- Avoid boxy styles, since they hide your narrow waist and your feminine silhouette. 

- Never go for stiff fabrics, since these may end up making you look boxy.

- Run   away   from   styles with   too   many details   at   the   hip   and   avoid   decorative embellishments or other decorations at the bottom. 



Our stylist, Clare, advises:   

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Wear a dark belt around the narrowest part of your waist.

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We recommend you to see the list of best dresses for hourglass body shape.

The Pear
Pear body type celebrities | The Pear

The pear-shaped figures have slightly narrower shoulders and curvier hips and bottom, a small bust and a neat waist. Also known as triangle, this body type is one of the most common ones: the majority of women have a pear silhouette. 



You DO have a pear silhouette if:

- You have a well-defined waist. - Your bust and shoulders are proportionally narrower than your hip-line.

- Your thighs and bottom are full and rounded. - You have narrow shoulders. 

- You may have short and full or muscular legs.


When getting dressed, try to create the illusion of proportion between the upper and the bottom side of your body. Match a strapless dress with an A-line shape to skim over your hips and give the impression it’s the shape of the dress rather than your hips or thighs widening the lower half.


What SHOULD you look for?

It is really important to be well aware of your body type when getting dressed. Wear strapless dresses or tops with frills and neutral colours on the bottom, to create proportion between the upper and lower parts of your body.


The main guidelines:

- Look for stiffer fabrics in your dresses, like crisp cotton or chiffon, that add structure around your hips.

- Horizontal stripes on the top half that will widen your shoulders and bust.

- Choose three quarter sleeves to draw attention to your waist.

- Wide-collared shirts or capped sleeves will widen your shoulders as well.

- Strapless or halter tops are also good options.


Looking for the perfect dress?

- Look for A-line dresses and tulip-skirted dresses, making sure the bottom-half is not tight to the body.  

- All the details (bows, beads, frills) should be on the top of the dress: it draws all the attention to this area and creates volume and helps to accomplish a balanced proportion. 

- Choose brighter colours and patterns only for your tops – stick with darker shades and monochromatic styles for your bottom half. 

- Pick up a dress that shows off your tiny waistline. 


Styling tip:

Look for embellished tops: dresses that have adornments near the neck elongate the shoulder and neckline. Look for a dress which have beading, bows, or collars near your neck. These can be large or small, as they both accomplish the main goal of drawing the attention upwards and away from your bottom half. You can also choose to wear a scarf to the same effect.


Stay away from: 

  • Do not wear patterns and light colours around your hips, tights and bottom.
  • Make sure that your tops don’t end at your hips because that draws unnecessary attention there.
  • Avoid wearing any tight knits on the bottom because they cling and accentuate your width.


Our stylist, Clare, advises

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Wearing dresses, not only at special events but also during the day, is also a great way to accomplish both your goals simultaneously: draw the eyes upward to your torso, while creating a tight waistline and covering up your midsection. Look for A-line dresses and for tulip-skirted dresses, avoiding those that are tight and stick to your hips. The cherry on top? If the dress is banded around the waist and cover up your shoulders to give the illusion of bulk.

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We recommend you to see the list of best dresses for pear body shape.



Apple
Apple body type celebrities | Apple

The main difference between apple-shaped figures and other body types is that the upper body (shoulders and bust) is about the same size as the waist and hips. This silhouette has a less defined waistline, but leaner bottom and legs.  


You DO have an apple silhouette if:

- You carry weight around your mid-section and bust.

- Your rib cage and back seem wide.

- Your legs are lean and you have a small (and often flat) bottom. 

- Your waistline is undefined or has little definition.

- Your hips may be narrow, but your midsection is larger.


If you can relate to these characteristics, it is important that you look for a dress that reveals your best features: arms, legs and cleavage. When getting dressed, your goal should be to elongate your midsection and create the illusion of a smaller waist.


What SHOULD you look for?

“It is really important to be well aware of your body type when getting dressed. If you have nice legs show them off! Also, stay away from printed tops and avoid frills around your mid-section”, says Clare, our stylist. 


The main guidelines:

- Look for monochromatic dresses.

- Keep in mind that V-neck tops create the illusion of a longer torso.

- Wear belted gowns that tie at the smallest part of your waist.

- Try on shorter skirts and dresses that show off your legs and draw attention away from your midsection.


Looking for the perfect dress?

- Wear dresses that flow from under your bust, expanding at the waist.

- Wear dresses with V-necks, plunging necklines, strapless, scoop, or tops with narrow bodices. This will draw more attention to your bust and elongate your upper body.

- Remember that drawing attention to your bust is different from looking top-heavy: there is no need to wear elaborate necklaces or tops with ornate patterns near the neck – if you already have a great bust it needs no adornments.

- A great skirt can help define your apple-shaped body. Try wearing a dress that has a bias cut or an A-line, or flatter your figure with a full circle skirt. 


Styling tip:

Go for an A-line dress. Another strategy is to find a dress that makes the most of colour blocking - mixing dark colours going all the way down your figure at both sides with a lighter colour going all the way down in the middle will draw attention away from your waist.


Stay away from: 

- Avoid wearing an outfit with a different pattern in the belly area. This will draw more attention to your belly.

- Stay away from thick belts, which will draw more attention to your middle.

- Never wear clingy dresses, which will also draw attention to your midsection. 

- Avoid dresses that are tight around the waist.


Our stylist, Clare, advises

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Try to wear dark colours on the top and middle areas of your body.


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We recommend you to see the list of best dresses for apple body shape.

Rectangular
Rectangle body type celebrities | Rectangular

The main difference between rectangle-shaped figures and other body types is that the waist, hip and shoulder widths are similar and are usually on the slim side. A rectangular silhouette does not have a defined waistline (even if their stomach is flat), but usually have long and thin arms and legs.


You DO have a rectangular silhouette if… 

- You have no defined waist.

- The hips tend to have a similar width as the shoulders.

- You do not have a lot of curves.

- Your bust tends to be small or average.


If your body matches these features, it is important that you look for shorter and sleeveless dresses, and try to create the illusion of a well-defined waist.


What SHOULD you look for?

“It is really important to be well aware of your body type when getting dressed. Go for styles that accentuate your waist and look for fuller skirts to balance your silhouette”, says Clare, our stylist. 


The main guidelines:

- Look for scoop neck tops to create curves.

- Wear shorter and sleeveless dresses to show off your lean arms and legs.

- Dresses with collars, ruffles and details will flatter your chest.

- Choose dresses with layers, frills or full skirts that add dimension.

- Go for dresses that wrap around the waistline.


Looking for the perfect dress?

- Wear dresses that break your silhouette and create curves that move up and down from the middle area of your body.

- Choose styles that create a waistline and exaggerate curves to avoid looking lanky or boyish.

- Go for ruffles and frills to add texture, volume, dimension and femininity to your figure.

- Choose short dresses to make the most of your great legs. They will also add more shape to a straight body.


Styling tip:

Most dresses will look great on your body but aim to create more curves top and bottom. Try bias cut dresses or shift dresses with shape. When possible, try to add a belt to your outfit, to create a waistline. 


Stay away from: 

- Avoid wearing still and shapeless dresses that will accentuate the lack of curves.

- Try not to wear high necklines as Chinese collars, closed neck clothes and boat necked clothes. 


Our stylist, Clare, advises

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Simple straight lines, empire line, shift dresses are the best fit for a rectangular body shape.


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We recommend you to see the list of best dresses for straight and narrow rectangular body shape.

More dresses for Rectangular body shape

We understand the importance of finding the right dress for your body type.

In our listing pages of dresses you will find a body type filter that allows you to narrow down our incredible selection of dresses. Find the right dresses for you in the links below: 


Best dresses for Apple body type

Best dresses for Hourglass body type

Best dresses for Pear body type

Best dresses for Rectangular body type and Straight and Narrow body type