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Top 10 Dresses For Your Body Type

The Most Flattering Dresses For Your Body Type

The Most Flattering Dresses For Your Body Type

The female form comes in many shapes and sizes, which is one of the many reasons it's so beautiful. However, when it comes to dress shopping, the frustration that comes along with finding the perfect fit isn't as pretty. We've searched the web for the most figure-flattering frocks for any body shape and our picks are guaranteed to have you looking and feeling your best at the office, a formal fête, or anywhere your busy schedule takes you. Whether you sport an hourglass, apple, inverted triangle, rectangle, or pear shape, these 10 selections are certain to accentuate your assets while keeping your style fashion forward for any occasion. Style isn't one size fits all, so why should your dress choices be the same? Scroll down to get the scoop on key dress details to look for in your ideal fit and stock up on your new favorite dresses with just a few clicks! Opening image: jcrew.com

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February 5, 2019

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Lark & Ro Half Sleeve Twist Fit And Flare Dress

Our Score

BEST FOR: Pear shapes—those with a fuller rear and hips plus narrower shoulders and bust

HELPFUL TIP: This classic dress features a flattering V-neckline, elongating your overall look while a "wrapped" waist creates a flattering shape.


Gal Meets Glam Jane Tie Waist Midi Dress

Our Score

BEST FOR: Pear shapes—those with a fuller rear and hips plus narrower shoulders and bust

HELPFUL TIP: Draw attention to your top half with a pleated V-neckline and waist-tie details when you opt for this stunning wedding-guest-ready crepe dress. 


J.Crew Sleeveless Pleated A-Line Dress

Our Score

BEST FOR: Inverted triangles—those with broad shoulders, medium bust, and narrow hips. The general rule of thumb for this silhouette is to avoid sleeve and neck details that add volume. Instead, seek out styles that add volume to the hip area while keeping top details sleek and minimal. 

LOVED FOR: The simple, straight lines of this dress help to flatter the inverted-triangle figure while the pleated skirt adds volume to your lower half—a good thing for this body type. 


Dress the Population Alicia Mixed Media Midi Dress

Our Score

BEST FOR: Inverted triangles—those with broad shoulders, medium bust, and narrow hips

HELPFUL TIP: Add some curve to your frame with a dress that kicks out at the waist while avoiding sleeves or shoulder details that add volume up top. 


Banana Republic Soft Ponte Midi Tank Dress with Side Slits

Our Score

BEST FOR: Rectangle shapes—often described as "the athletic shape", rectangle shaped-gals aren't particularly curvy with weight evenly distributed throughout their body.

FUN FACT: Show off your strong, beautiful shoulders in a flattering sleeveless dress that also accentuates the mid-area with a waist-tie detail. 


Calvin Klein Sleeveless Color Block Sheath Dress

Our Score

BEST FOR: Rectangle shapes—often described as "the athletic shape", rectangle shaped-gals aren't particularly curvy with weight evenly distributed throughout their body.

HELPFUL TIP: Keep the volume on the top or the bottom, accentuating one feature or the other, to create the illusion of a waist. We like this color-blocked dress for its waist-defining shape and lines. 


Eliza J Stretch Ruffle Crepe Sheath Dress

Our Score

BEST FOR: Apple shapes—those tend to carry your weight in your mid-section with shoulders that are broader than your hips

HELPFUL TIP: Go for a voluminous skirt to slim down the mid-section. Bonus if the length of the dress is on the shorter side to highlight your legs! 


Dress The Population Catalina Tea Length fit & Flare Dress

Our Score

BEST FOR: Apple shapes—those tend to carry your weight in your mid-section with shoulders that are broader than your hips

HELPFUL TIP: V-neck dresses draw attention to the bust instead of focusing the waist. This silhouette will also help avoid looking top heavy, ultimately elongating your look. 


Black Halo 3/4 Sleeve Jackie O Dress

Our Score

BEST FOR: Hourglass shapes—those with bust and hip measurements that are about the same with a well-defined waist. 

HELPFUL TIP: Make the most of your curvy figure with a unique neckline, belted waist, and midi-skirt. 


Ali & Jay Sleeveless Stretch Ponte Knit Sheath Dress

Our Score

BEST FOR: Hourglass shapes—those with bust and hip measurements that are about the same with a well-defined waist. 

HELPFUL TIP: Flaunt your curves in a figure-hugging sweet-heart neckline dress that accentuates the waist due to its smartly-placed waistband detail. 

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