Find the Perfect Dress for your Shape

Follow these top tips to find the perfect frock for your body shape.

The perfect dress can make people turn their heads as you walk down the street, and it can make you feel like a million dollars. However, a dress that looks amazing on one woman may not be right for the next woman. By choosing a dress that is suited to your body type, you increase your chances of looking and feeling amazing.

Looking to the stars for guidance

Finding a star who shares your body type should be your first step when you start looking for dresses. By looking at what works and doesn't work on their bodies, you can easily discern what may work on yours. If you have an athletic figure, you may want to check out Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lawrence.

According to Access Hollywood, these stars have two of the most athletic bodies in Hollywood, and they look great in dresses that accentuate their waists with belts or cinched material.

If you're a full-figured girl, Melissa McCarthy may need to be your new role model. By combining flowing skirts with plunging necklines, she makes the most of her figure. If you're curvy on the bottom, you may want to emulate the fashion sense of Jennifer Lopez or Kim Kardashian.

Promoting rather than hiding their shapely figures, these women look great in mid-length flair dresses. If you're sporting an hourglass figure like Sofia Vergara, you may want to show off your shape with plunging necklines or form-fitting tunics.

Although emulating the stars can be the perfect place to start your odyssey toward the perfect dress, you can also use the following guidelines to find the perfect dress for your shape.

Sheath Dresses

A popular, form-fitting dress that typically features a single color and very few embellishments the sheath dress looks beautiful on hourglass or pear-shaped figures. On an hourglass figure, the sheath dress shows off curves. If you have a pear shape; however, you may want to balance the top of the dress by adding a scarf or other fashion accessories to the top half of the dress.

Wrap Dresses

Most wrap dresses feature V-necks at the top and material that's wrapped around the body and tied at the waist. These dresses work with almost any figure, but you may want to make slight adjustments based on your body type.

If you have an hourglass figure, you should try to find a wrap dress that features the waistline at your actual waistline. This allows you to accentuate your small waist while showing off your curves.

If you have a pear or apple shape, you may want to find a slightly higher waistline. By wearing a dress with a waistline that's just under the bust, you make your bottom and hips seem smaller. If you're shaped like a ruler, you should look for a wrap dress that has embellishments along the top. This will draw people's eyes to that area and create the illusion that you have extra curves.

Maxi Dresses

Featuring a long, flowing skirt with a high-empire waistline, maxi dresses are perfect for women with ruler figures as they accentuate the long and lanky attributes of this body type. Although women with apple, pear and hourglass figures can pull off this look, it may make them look slightly heavier.

Whether you're looking for the perfect black dress that you'll own forever, or just a simple frock to wear to the beach, this guide can be invaluable for you. Ideally, you need to find a dress that accentuates your assets while downplaying your flaws. Regardless of your shape, you can easily look amazing in the right dress.

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Posted by Erin2212Report
Why are there never pictures in these articles? Great descriptions but would be good to see some examples....
Posted by jemcoReport
Totally agree.... Photos would be of great help....