The Best Styles of Dress for Each Body Type

Most of us have a favorite collection of outfits that we know looks best on us. It could be that wrap dress that makes you feel confident about your legs or that one romper that hugs your body just right. While the weather and occasion both play a big role in deciding what you choose to wear, so too should your body type.

Hourglass-Shaped

Hourglass-Shaped

The hourglass shape refers to women who have close to the same bust and hip sizes and a narrow waist. Well defined curves are a strong characteristic of the hourglass silhouette. Women with this body type typically have shoulders that are slightly rounded and align perfectly with their hips, creating a balanced proportion.

If this sounds like you, consider making hugging tops a go-to staple of your wardrobe. You can also add a belt to most dresses to further enhance your waist. Be on the outlook for flowing dresses that are banded at the waist to define the hourglass shape. Soft fabrics such as silk do an excellent job in draping over your frame, exposing your natural curves. V or plunge-V necklines compliment your bust and upper body

Apple-Shaped

Apple-Shaped

Women with this body type have an upper body about the same size as their waist and hips but with a less defined waistline. If you’re looking to embrace your feminine figure, go for outfits that flaunt your most prominent features; your bust, legs, and arms.

Wearing dresses that expand from under the bust will cover for the lean bottoms and legs. Be on the lookout for dresses with V-necks, plunging necklines, and tops with narrow bodices to draw more attention to the bust area.

Pear-Shaped

Pear-Shaped

Pear-shaped ladies have more pronounced hips and bottoms with narrower shoulders. Most also have a small bust and lean waist area. Here, you will look for stiff fabric like crisp cotton or chiffons that add structure to the hips. Consider adding more A-line dresses and tulip skirts to your wardrobe. These dresses help ensure that the lower half doesn’t hug the body too much and make you look disproportionate. Choose brighter colors for the top of your body and darker colors for the lower body as it helps create a balance. If you like to add beads, frills, and bows to your dressing, be sure to have them at the top part of the dress as it draws all the attention to the upper part of your body.

Rectangular Body Shapes

Rectangular Body Shapes

Women with this body type have waists, shoulders, and hips that are all roughly the same size. Most women with rectangle shaped figures are more on the slim side. A rectangular silhouette doesn’t have a defined waistline but will have thin and long legs and arms. If this sounds like you, focus on enhancing the arms and legs as they are great assets to have. Select A-line skirts along with layered and ruffled tops. Go for the sleeveless, strapless, and sweetheart lines that will expose your arms. Look for dresses that add definition to your bottom and necklines that enhance the upper body.

For even more advice come see the personal stylists at Scout & Molly’s Boutique of Lakewood Ranch. With brands like Yumi Kim, Shilla, Bailey44, Wish Designs, and ASTR the Label, you’re sure to find a new addition to your wardrobe that you’ll absolutely fall in love with. No matter your tastes, our in-store fashion experts are here to help you find clothes that fit your body type and unique style. Come see us or shop online today!


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