The Best Styles of Dress for Each Body Type

We’ve all been there. That amazing little dress catches your eye and you just can’t resist it. So, into the fitting room you go with it. Your heart sinks when you look in the mirror. It fits you, but it doesn’t look quite right.

You need to keep in mind that it’s not you! The dress most likely wasn’t cut for your body type. So, what is your body type? Here at Scout & Molly’s Boutique of Kiawah we want to help you understand your body shape and how to dress to make the most of it.

The Apple

The Apple

If your bust and shoulders measure wider than your hips and buttocks and your waist is not as defined, you likely have an apple-shaped body type. This is also often referred to as the “inverted triangle” body shape.

With this body type, it’s important to show off your feminine assets, such as your bust and your legs. If you’re comfortable with showing some skin, sleeveless or strapless blouses and dresses with a shallow or low-cut V-neck are good choices. If you would rather cover up and choose modesty, fitted three-quarter to full-length sleeves balance out your voluptuous chest and hide your midriff.

Skinny jeans and leggings go great with loose flowing blouses. You can also wear bootcut or flares to elongate your form. A-line shapes are likewise perfect for your body.

The Hourglass

The Hourglass

If your bust and hips have approximately the same measurements and you have a well-defined waist, then celebrate your hourglass shape! You can wear pretty much anything tailored or fitted and be comfortable showing off your curves.

Your T-shirts and blouses should also have a tailored cut and the best necklines for you are V, round, or boat necks. To show off your waist, try elbow-length sleeves. To flaunt toned arms, try a cap sleeve or tank top.

Skinny jeans, leggings, and flares are your top picks. You can also go for high-waisted cuts as well as hip-hugging styles if you’d like to show off a toned tummy.

Wrap, empire, and fitted dresses are ideal for accentuating your waistline and belts are your best friends. You want to avoid anything too loose or boxy since they won’t do justice to your amazing curves.

The Pear

The Pear

You likely have a pear body shape if your buttocks and thighs measure broader than your upper body. Lucky you, since this body type is quite popular nowadays thanks to a few high-profile celebrity women. If you naturally have this shape, count your blessings!

Flaunt your narrow waist and go crazy with fitted tops and bold prints that add fullness to your slender shoulders. Pair these with boot cut and flare jean styles in more subtle colors to downplay your lower half.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to dresses. Any dress with a plunging or embellished neckline will add spice to your shoulders and bust. A-lines will hug your shape and a hem that reaches just below the knee will elongate your figure.

The Rectangle

The Rectangle

Typically, the most athletic looking form, a rectangle body shape is generally well balanced from the shoulders to the hips. Women with this body type don’t have a lot of curves or a defined waistline.

While you may think you have a “boyish” physique, this is actually one of the most versatile bodies to dress. With this body type, you want to flaunt your arms and legs. Dresses that highlight your hips and neckline add substance to your upper body.

Tank tops with halter or racerback styles show off your toned arms. Add substance to your upper body via blouses with statement collars and embellished tops. To highlight a slim waist, select shirts or blouses that you can tuck in or add a belt to.

Your Own Inner Diva

Everybody is unique. If you don’t completely fit with one of these shapes, no worries. The reality is that the majority of women are a blend of at least two shapes! No matter your style or taste, the expert staff at our Kiawah boutique have the knowledge to help you dress for your body type. Come see us today for a personalized shopping experience.


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