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The Perfect Dress for your Body Type

A Guide to Finding the Perfect Dress for You

You probably already have a general idea of what looks good on your body type and what makes you feel beautiful, but sometimes there is a struggle finding the right fit when it comes to formal wear because it is not something you shop for every day!  We are here to take the stress off of you and give you a few guidelines to finding the perfect fit for your body type that will make you feel confident and beautiful!!


Body Types

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First off: Identify your body silhouette!  There are four main body types: apple, pear, triangle, ruler, and hourglass.

Pear shaped women have wider hips than shoulders with a well defined waist.

Triangle shaped women have broad shoulders and chest and narrow waist and hip area.

Ruler shaped women have shoulders, waist, and hips that are similar in width and are typically slim.

Apple shaped women have a wider chest than hip area and carry their weight around their middle.

Hourglass shaped women are curvy with a very slim waist.

Now what to wear?!?

Dress for your Body Type

This is an ideal dress for a pear body type.  The two piece style accentuates the waist and the off the shoulder style brings attention to the shoulders.  The fuller skirt disguises a pear shape’s trouble areas.

Dress for your Body Type

If you have a inverted triangle body type, an A-line dress will help your hips and shoulders appear more proportionate.  Basically you are mirroring the shape of your body with the shape of the dress to fill out the narrow areas of your body.

Dress for your Body Type


If you have a ruler body type, side cut-outs are ideal!  The side cut-outs give your body the illusion of having more curves.

Dress for your Body Type

If you have an apple body type, it is best to wear a dress with a higher waistline and an A-line shape with a fuller skirt.  The combination of these two things hide your problem areas while the higher waistline gives you the appearance of having more shape in your midsection.  The embellishment on the top of this dress as well as the sweetheart neckline draws the attention away from your trouble areas.

Dress for your Body Type

If you have an hourglass body type, the mermaid style is the best fit for you!  The flare at the bottom of a mermaid style dress, continues the outline of your body.  This style accentuates your curves, which are obviously your best features!

Tell us in the comments, what makes you nervous about shopping for dresses?  We are here to help ease your mind!!




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