Have you ever tried on a dress only to have it look different on your body than it did on the hanger? This may be because you are not choosing a dress style that is best for your body shape.

Knowing how to choose clothing that flatters your body type can unlock limitless possibilities in your own personal style. Read on to discover how to find a dress style that works with your body.

How to Figure Out Your Body Shape

The first step to choosing a dress that complements your body, is to figure out your body shape. The four most common body shapes are round (apple), athletic (rectangular), hourglass, and pear (triangle).

You can determine your body shape simply by examining your own silhouette, or you can get more exact with measurements. For more information on how to find your body type, click here.

Choosing the Best Dress Style for Your Body

When it comes to styles of dresses, the possibilities are endless, so it can be hard to determine what will look best on you. Here are a few tips for choosing a dress that will make you look incredible.

Round (Apple)

Women with a round body tend to carry weight in their midsection, so it is important to choose a dress shape that flatters the tummy. You will want to choose a dress with a belt or a tie to define your waist.

Wrap dresses and dresses with full skirts also help to conceal the midsection and will make you look incredible. 

Athletic (Rectangular)

If you have an athletic build, then you probably have narrow hips and a wider upper body. It is essential to find a dress that helps to balance your upper and lower body.

Therefore, any dresses that have embellishments and ruffles do a great job to fill out your hips. Choosing a dress with a round or sweetheart neckline can also work to help you appear curvier.


Women with an hourglass figure usually have bust and hip measurements that are about the same, with a smaller waist and a larger backside.

If you have an hourglass body shape, then you should do what you can to show off your curves. Low necklines are great for drawing the eye to your small waist, as well as choosing a dress with a cinched-in waistline. Choose a dress with a form-fitting top to accentuate your curves.

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Pear (Triangle)

Triangle body types typically have a smaller upper body and a larger lower body. Because of this, you should choose a flattering style that adds more volume to your upper half.

Any dress that is strapless or has an open neck will be a great option for you. Maxi dresses, shift dresses, and a-line dresses are all great for women with a pear shape.

Choose Your Dress and Strut Your Stuff

So, are you ready to choose your dress and hit the town? Knowing what dress style fits you best can completely change how you choose your wardrobe.

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