Have you ever experienced a time when you’ve picked up the most beautiful dress or skirt and for some reason, it just doesn’t look like it does on the mannequin when you put it on?
One of the most common reasons for this is that it just doesn’t suit our specific body types.
Every body type is beautiful and unique in it’s own way, and by choosing the right pieces you can accentuate and compliment your body type.
If you want to pick the right dress for your body type, here’s how.
How to Choose Dresses for Each Body Shape
When it comes to body shapes, there are four main types: pear, hourglass, apple, and athletic. Don’t worry if you don’t already know what body type you are as it’s easy to figure out.
Pear body shape
This is where you have wide, curvy hips and smaller, narrow shoulders. Sometimes this body shape can also be referred to as a triangle.
Hourglass body shape
An hourglass figure is when you have bust and hip measurements are almost the same. Your waist will be the narrowest part of your frame.
Apple body shape
This type of body shape is characterized by shoulders, bust and hip measurements that are all roughly the same. You may go in slightly at the waist and shoulders but your overall measurements will be fairly uniform.
Athletic body shape
Finally, you have an athletic body shape. Sometimes called a rectangular shape, this is when you’re not so curvy and your measurements are quite uniform up and down with broader shoulders.
The 5 Tips to Pick the Right Dress for Your Body
If you’re looking for the perfect dress to add to your wardrobe, here’s how you can shop effectively for petite or plus size dresses with your body shape in mind.
1. Focus on Your Waist
For many body types, your waist will be the smallest part of your frame – so it’s always worth accentuating this as much as you can.
Look for dresses that go in at the waist, or include some sort of draping or belt that nips in your waist. This will give you the appearance of an hourglass figure and will always look flattering.
2. Find Balance if Your Measures are Disproportionate
If you find that you’re heavier on top or bottom, it’s a good idea to look for dresses that balance out this disproportion.
For example, if you’re heavier on the bottom, you won’t want to pick a dress that draws too much focus to this area. Look for flowy dresses that aren’t too tight-fitting, or that go out a bit at the bottom.
3. Maintain the Balance if Your Measures are Balanced
On the other hand, if your measurements are similar all over, you don’t want to through off this balance.
Look for dresses that don’t draw the attention to certain areas and that follow a similar shape up and down.
4. Mind Your Neck
Necklines on dresses come in all different styles, but choosing the wrong one can be very unflattering.
For example, if you have broad shoulders, a wide neckline may draw more attention to the broadness. On the other hand, if your shoulders are more narrow, you may want to give the illusion of more width with a sweetheart neckline.
5. Reassure your Curves
Your curves are beautiful so it’s only right to pick a dress that shows off your silhouette in all the right places.
Just because you’re more curvy doesn’t mean you have to hide your body in an ill-fitting dress – show them off in all their glory!
Make Your Choice!
Now that we’ve taken you through some of the best tips for shopping with your body type in mind, it’s time to go shopping for your dream dress.
Let us know if you end up using any of these tips, and what kind of dress you think you’ll be looking for.