Buy Dresses To Suit Your Body Shape - Useful Guide

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There are so many beautiful dresses on the market of differing shapes, in different fabrics and colours .. I have put together this useful guide to help you determine those that would maybe most suit your body shape and those to avoid!

We have a huge selection of dresses available to suit all body shapes .. please read our guide and take a look at what we have to offer ...

Dresses For The Hour Glass Figure

As you should know by now you have been blessed with the easiest body shape to dress. Nothing needs to be hidden or enhanced since your shape is already proportional and can pull off just about any dress you choose

Your Figure is:

  • Bust & hips almost the same size
  • Well defined waist - 9" or more smaller than your bust
  • Full Bust
  • Shapely Legs

Opt For A Dress With the Following Neckline & Bodice:

Strapless or off-the shoulder necklines are perfect for an hourglass shape. You really do have a lot of options so feel lucky to be blessed with this body shape. Bodices look great with your body shape as will enhance your natural curves accentuating the waist and lifting your bust.

Opt For A Dress With The Following Skirt:

As far as length goes stick to the same rule as when buying a skirt, remembering that if you are on the short side wear 3/4 length dresses or just below the knee to make you appear taller.

Opt For A Dress in The Following Fabrics & Colours:

Although you can pull off just about any dress style and shape you need to be careful when it comes to patterns and embellishments. Stay away from heavily beaded or over embellished dresses as they will tend to make you appear heavier than you actually are and leave you appearing unbalanced

Dresses For The Apple Shaped Figure

Your Figure is:

  • Large Bust
  • Broad Shoulders
  • Narrow Hips
  • Lesser Defined Waist

Opt For A Dress With the Following Neckline & Bodice:

Go for asymmetrical necklines - one shoulder designs. Avoid puff sleeves or voluminous tops. Avoid halter, heavily decorated, off-the shoulder and boat necklines. These will all accentuate your already broad shoulders. Opt for strapless and scoop necklines that will work nicely to minimise broad shoulders as do soft, rounded necklines with a narrow bodice.

Try to avoid puffy sleeves or big tops in combination with slim bottoms as this will accentuate wide shoulders as well

The most flattering neckline for a fill bust is the V-neck or a Plunge neckline as they will make the bosy appear less round. Other necklines that will work well are square neck, wrap or portrait style.

Opt For A Dress With The Following Waist:

Disguise a thick waist by either raising, lowering or eliminating the waistline. This dress type will work by skimming the body without defining the waist. A drop waisted dress that hits somewhere around the hipbones or empire waist dresses that have a raised waist are also good options.

Opt For A Dress With The Following Skirt:

A fuller skirt will balance your fuller bust.

Opt For A Dress With The Following Fabrics & Colour:

Choose fabrics that are not too clingy or stiff. Look for fabrics that skim (jersey is good). Avoid ornate necklines, embellished bodices and blouson styles.

Dresses For The Pear Shaped Figure

Your Figure is:

  • Small Bust
  • Narrower Shoulders
  • Wider Hips & Thighs
  • Wider Bottom

Opt For A Dress With the Following Neckline & Bodice:

A fitted halter or strapless silhouette which accents a trim upper body is very flattering for bottom heavy figures. Avoid thin straps and boat necklines. fitted tops such as a strapless corset-style bodice look best with this body shape especially in combination with an A-Line skirt. Try tops with some ind of embellishment to add a little volume to your bust-line. If you don't want to go strapless think about a halter with a circular neckline.

Opt For A Dress With the Following Waist:

Stay away from pleated or gathered fabric at the waist as this will accentuate your broader hips.

Opt For A Dress With the Following Skirt:

The easiest way to balance a bottom-heavy figure is to choose a dress that skims over the lower half of the body. Fuller skirts will disguise heavy hips while showing off the waist.

Opt For A Dress With The Following Fabrics & Colour:

If you are flexible with colour choice wear lighter colours on the top and dark colours on the bottom. This will bring the eye up and away from your wider bottom. You can also go with an all over print. the key is to show off your upper body .. your arms, back and bust!

Dresses For The Boy Shaped Figure

Dresses for the boyish shaped woman can be fabulous, there are so many accessories that you can use to emphasise your body and gain curves. The perfect dress for the boyish frame adds curves, look for a dress with a lot of shape however avoid cutesy looks such as puff sleeves as you will end up looking girlish!

Your Figure is:

  • Small Bust
  • Narrower Shoulders
  • Undefined Waist
  • Narrow Hips

Opt For A Dress With the Following Neckline & Bodice:

Luckily for you most clothing especially dresses actually hang better on women with smaller busts! If you do want to add more volume up top look for embellishments, ruffles or fullness at the bust. A great dress that automatically makes the chest area appear fuller are empire style dresses. Empire dresses are great for your figure as they are not usually clingy ao won't show off your boyish frame underneath.

Opt For A Dress With the Following Waist:

To create the illusion of curves draw attention to your waist, clinched in waist lines or a dress worn with a bodice will definately give you some defined curves and help you to achieve that hourglass look.

Opt For A Dress With the Following Skirt:

Opt for a dress the correct skirt length as there is nothing worse than a floor length dress coming to your calves .. Maxi dresses are right on trend and would look great on your tall slim trend

 

I hope you have found our guide on 'Wearing Dresses To Suit Your Body' helpful and please visit our store to view our wide selection available now. I am sure we have a dress to suit your body shape!

 

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