The Right Type of Dress According to your Body Type

Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Whether you like it or not, year after a year, dozens of formal events happen - may it be prom, a wedding or something else that requires you to wear something glamorous like evening gown or a cocktail dress. But you see, we've heard women or ladies complain about not being able to find the right or the perfect dress for their body types. If you are one of them, then you are in for a treat because no matter your body type, shape, or size, there is an amazing dress out there for you. I laid out the different body types out there for women - all you have to do is identify which type you are and take it from there. I also included sample dresses at to facilitate your search. Let's begin shall we?

Petite Body Type
Show off your tiny shape -- don't hide it! Long, billowy gowns will make you look like you're drowning and overwhelm your small frame. Keep it short, sweet, and feminine. Petite girls can get lost in fussy floor-length gowns. Bottom line: Aim for a short dress without a bunch of fabric. Another great length for petite girls is a gown just past the knee. Something with a vintage feel, that's easy to dance.

Rectangular Body Types
Girls with a rectangular body type or a boyish figure should look for dresses that create the illusion of curves. Look for a dress that cinches in at the waist. You can also create shape with color blocking. Look for a dress with a different color on the top than the bottom; this will help visually break up the torso.

Hourglass Body Types
Hourglass is the new black. Girls with an hourglass body can wear anything. It's a very desired shape, and considered by society to be very pretty. You still need to highlight your curves so they don't disappear under a ton of fabric. Someone with an hourglass body type should look for a gown that is fitted throughout the top and waist so that it shows off her enviable curves. For a screen siren look, she could even go for a mermaid shaped gown that hugs all of her curves, and then flares out at the bottom. 

Pear Body Types
If you have a pear body shape, you definitely want a gown to highlight everything from the waist up. Make sure the bust of the gown is fitted so there is a balance between the upper part of your body and your lower. As for the bottom half of the dress, look for one that flares out into a full skirt. And since you want to draw attention upward, think of ways to highlight your upper body. Look for a dress with crystals around the neckline. Embellishments, beading, and even a lace overlay work well to play up your best assets.

Plus-Size Body Types
Plus-sized girls actually have a lot of options when it comes to dressing their body type. It's all about what your favorite body part is and showcasing it. If you want to hide your stomach, stick with empire waist gown that has a good amount of flow. If you want to hide your arms, go with the embellished sleeves. The options are endless. And while it's normal to be concerned about wearing a dress that's too tight, don't go too big either. 

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