Tips for Choosing a Dress That Flatters Your Body

The key to make a dress look good on you is to understand what kind of body type you have. Once you know that, there are simple rules to work down the bulkier areas and accentuate the lesser ones and balance the shape out. If you need it spelled out, here’s a detailed description of the different body types and what type of women dresses should be chosen for each.

Guide to body-flattering dresses

Pear shaped – The fruit name itself defines the body structure which has fuller hips and thighs as compared to the upper half of the body. For this body type, the length of the dress shouldn’t be more than one or two inches above the knee. An a-line dress will best complement such a figure. However avoid too much of frills as this will give a tutu like appearance. The idea is to draw attention away from the lower section of the body. Opt for embellished necklines, halter necks and plunging v-necks.

Apple shaped – If you have a thick waist then you need a dress that draws attention away from the middle section of your body. Hence, you should opt for a drop or empire waist so as to re-define the waist line. Avoid belts that cling to your body’s middle section as it will reveal the volume around the waist. Instead opt for belts or chains slung low around your lower waist.

Fuller arms – Avoid sleeveless and capped sleeve dresses as they will reveal the flab around your arms. Instead opt for billowy or bell sleeves or even 3/4th or full sleeves.

Smaller busts – If you aren’t endowed with fuller breasts, stay away from dresses with plunging necklines. Rather, opt for sequined or bandeau necked dresses to add volume the upper section of your body. You could also depth and dimension to your busts with layered necklaces.

Busty – Dresses with deep v-, halters and plunging necklines will help accentuate the look of women with fuller breasts. Opt for fabrics that skim through the body rather than cling on to it as it will make the breasts look larger. Choose an A-line dress that ends one or two inches above the knees to draw away attention from the bust area to the lower volume lower portions of the body.

Plus sized – The belief that baggy clothes will make you look thinner is just a myth. Also avoid covering up your body with layers of clothes to conceal the volume. On the contrary, select dresses that drape your body well and don’t cling on to them. A wrap dress would best complement a plus-sized figure. Don’t shy away from experimenting with colors and prints.