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Which Dress Style is Best For Your Body Type?

Which Dress Style is Best For Your Body Type?

Ever feel frustrated when trying on dresses? Some women feel that no matter what they choose, it just doesn’t fit right.

While no two bodies are exactly alike, they generally fall into a small number of types. And each shape is more compatible with different styles of dresses.

When you know your body type and the style of dresses that best suit it, it’s simple to find a dress that highlights your best features and makes you feel confident.

In this article, we’ll explain what styles of dress are best for the four main body types: apple, pear, athletic, and hourglass.


If your midsection has a rounder shape, you want to choose a dress that lengthens the appearance of your body and draws attention to your legs.

You can do this by wearing dresses with shorter hemlines. This will accentuate everything below, as well as elongate the torso visually. Embellished hemlines further enhance this effect.

You should also choose dresses that mix different patterns and textures – as long as you steer clear of horizontal stripes – as this can have a slimming effect on your upper body.


Many women have voluptuous lower halves, lending their figure a triangular shape. Dresses that add more volume to the torso will complement this body type best, as they will help the full body appear more balanced.

Try to avoid dresses that hug your lower half too tightly. Instead, opt for numbers with a looser fit, such as cocktail evening dresses with flowing skirts. Fit and flare dresses are another great option, as they’ll help accentuate a slim waist without drawing too much attention to the lower body.

If possible, try to find necklines that draw attention upward. A Bardot neckline is a good example of this, as well as a deep V-neck.

A deep V-neck is a good example of this, as well as the Bardot, Adele’s favourite style.


If your shoulders are wider than your hips, then you can even out your proportions by choosing a dress that adds width to your lower body.

Dresses with volume-increasing features such as embellishments, ruches, and ruffles can help draw attention to your lower body and give you a more balanced appearance.


This body type famously suits many different styles. All the same, it’s best to choose a dress that makes the most out of your best features.

Try to choose an option that will draw attention to your slim waist. You can enhance this effect by wearing a sash or belt over your dress for extra definition.

Finding the perfect dress can be a challenge. But when you know the styles that best suit your body type, it becomes a lot easier, and you feel more confident in your clothing.


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