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Choosing a dress that flatters your body type is important in order to achieve a look you want. We’ve all been dress shopping and yelled “nothing looks good on me” with frustration at some point. It happens. However, to dress shop properly, we need to find dresses that fit our individual body type! It makes shopping much easier and fun! Depending on when you’re reading this article, you might come across products that are out of stock, however we’re going to point out key elements that will flatter your shape that you can look for in similar dresses! 



We’ll start out with the basics, first is determining your body shape. Everyone’s body is different and is not going to match these exact descriptions, however chose the type that is the most similar.

The Five Most Common Body Shapes and how to determine yours:

AppleCurvy with a less defined waist.

 

Hourglass- Shoulders and hips are fairly balanced, defined waist. Curvy

 

Pear- Hips are broader than your shoulders.

 

Rectangle- Straighter build, measurements are fairly uniform.

 

Inverted Triangle- Shoulders are broader than your hips.

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APPLE SHAPE

 

 

An “apple” is also referred to as a rounder shape. Usually, the main problem area with rounder shapes is the belly, so we want to look for ways to define and create a waist

 

Silhouettes to look for:

 

Wrap Dresses

 

Tailored Shift Dresses

 

Peplum Dresses

 

Empire Waist Dresses

 

            Yandy Floral Dress, Empire Waist Dress, Dresses for Apple Shaped Bodies                  Megan Midi Dress, Red Peplum dress from Bia Boutique, Dress for apple shaped bodies                     Lucia Shirt Dress

Yandy Floral Dress (Empire Waist)          Megan Midi Dress (Peplum)                 Lucia Shirt Dress (Wrap)

 

These types of silhouettes give your waist more definition and elongate the body. Selecting a dress amongst these styles would incredibly flatter the apple shape body type. 

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HOURGLASS SHAPE

 

 

With an hourglass shape, your body is naturally proportioned, which makes dress shopping quite easier since most silhouettes are flattering. Maintaining focus where your waistline is naturally defined will further enhance your hourglass shape. 

 

Silhouettes to look for:

 

Fit and Flare Dresses

 

Wrap Dresses

 

Sheath Dresses

 

A line Dresses

 

                                 Fiona Sheath Dress                           Ruth Wrap Dress

Yolanda Slit Dress (Fit and Flare)                Fiona Sheath Dress                               Ruth Dress (Wrap)

 

 

These silhouettes will enhance your natural body shape and focus on your waistline to flatter your figure!

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PEAR SHAPE

 

 

This curvier figure usually embodies broader thighs and hips with shoulders and waist on the narrower side. Pear Shaped body types may want to focus on creating balance on the top half of the body and elongating the shape overall. Even giving your already defined waist extra attention will incredibly flatter your body.

 

Silhouettes to look for:

 
 
 
Wrap dresses
 
Fit and Flare dresses
 
 
         Juliana Dress                       Elicia Assymetrical Bodycon Dress                Julietta Midi Dress
               

                     Juliana Dress                        Elicia Asymmetrical Bodycon Dress                  Julietta Midi Dress

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RECTANGLE SHAPE

 

 

Since rectangle shaped bodies tend to have a straighter look you want to try to create definition and curves with clothing. Creating this illusion will help flatter your body naturally. 

 

Silhouettes to look for:

 

 
 
A line Dresses
 
 
Ariella Mini Dress                       Christina Dress                     Charlie Midi Dress
                Ariella Mini Dress                                                      Christina Dress                                                Charlie Midi Dress
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INVERTED TRIANGLE SHAPE

 

 

This body shape typically looks like someone with a broader chest and shoulders and narrow waist and hips. Inverted triangle shapes should focus on their waist area to balance out their bottom half and give the most flattering shape. Keep the dress simple up top and add fun to the bottom!

 

Silhouettes to look for:

 

Color Block Dresses

 

Dresses that draw more attention to the skirt

 

A line Dresses

 

Fit and Flare Dresses

 

 
  

Leilani Dress                   Catherine Dress                    Claudia Dress

 
                        Leilani Dress                                                       Catherine Dress                                                   Claudia Dress
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