August 9, 2019

Quick Guide for Finding the Best Dress for Your Body Shape

Nothing can make a woman feel as powerful and confident as a great, perfectly fitting dress. But every body is different and the same dress won’t fit well on different people. This is why it’s important to understand both your own body shape, as well as the different styles and fits of dresses that are out there. Here are some tips on how to find a perfect dress, no matter your body shape.

If you’re hourglass-shaped, you’re one of the women considered to be blessed by the ideal body shape. The ratio of your chest, hips and waist is what the standard is and what everyone is trying to achieve. All you need to do is accentuate it and make sure you don’t ruin your silhouette with an unflattering outfit. Wrap and skater dresses will work perfectly for you, because they all naturally come in at the waist. Skip over something like A-line and shift, because they will do nothing for your waist and falling down from a larger chest will make it seem like you have a tent on.

Pear shape
Women with a smaller chest and bigger hips are what’s referred to as a pear shape. This can be a difficult shape to dress for, because the dresses that fit your bottom will be too big on top. If this is your shape, you’ll actually be much better off looking for two-pieces where you can buy a size that fits perfectly for both the top and the bottom. Choose something with ruching or other embellishments at the top to bring the eye up and balance out the shape so it’s not too bottom-heavy. Flowy maxi dresses can also work wonders if you find the right shape to fit your top.

For a lot of thinner women who have the 20s flapper girl figure, which is very slim without many curves, you really want to use the dress to give yourself some shape. Think of things that stick out from the body, like layered skater-shape dresses. Anything that just falls and clings to the body like many floor-length gowns, will just emphasize the lack of curves. You have beautiful slim legs, so don’t be afraid to show them off – browse through an online fashion boutique and go for dresses that either have a high slit or are generally shorter. If you want a low cleavage, you have the perfect body to do it without the worry of things spilling out.

Apple shape
Some people say that the apple-shaped body (wider stomach and smaller chest and hips) is the hardest to dress, but those people have never heard of moving the waistline. Sure, most people’s natural waistline is about where your ribs end, but not all people have a dip there. So, the best thing to do is to move the waist upwards, into an empire waist, which hits right below the bust. This will help give the illusion of an hourglass by minimizing the size of the mid-section and creating a waistline. You might also want to go for a dress that flows, rather than a body-con – something with a fitted top and A-line skirt will work perfectly.

Dressing for your shape won’t only make you feel good, but it will be more comfortable, because you’re working with your shape and following natural lines, instead of pinching and forcing your body in an unnatural way. Going to a well-stocked shop and trying on a variety of clothes will be the best way for you to find the shape that fits you perfectly. Don’t give up the first time you don’t feel great in a dress, because fits vary wildly, and you just have to find your glass slipper.

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