The Best Styles of Dress for Each Body Type

Are you having trouble finding outfits that complement your feminine figure? Knowing how to dress for your body type can go a long way in helping you select the ideal fit. In this guide, we’ll help you figure out how best to flatter your body type and upgrade your wardrobe accordingly.

What is it?

Ladies with an apple-shaped body typically have a wider torso, fuller waist, and a larger bust. Most women with this body type are short-waisted with skinny legs.

Style secrets

Your ultimate goal here is to highlight all the parts of the body apart from the mid-section. Play around with strapless and sleeveless dresses that have a deep V-neckline. You have the freedom to try out relaxed silhouettes, shift dresses, and free-flow tunics that will give a fuller perception of the lower body. If you have to add a belt to your dress, ensure that it sits just beneath the bust to draw attention from the midsection. Avoid tight hugging dresses with no necklines as they make the mid-section more pronounced.

Hourglass Shape

Hourglass Shape

What is it?

This shape epitomizes the hourglass and looks to describe a woman whose hips and bust are broad and of similar proportion. The hourglass shape is characterized by a wider bust and hips and a narrow waist.

Style secrets

If your body is shaped like an hourglass, then you’re blessed with natural curves. Let your curves be the focus of your outfits. Dresses that cinch the waist will be your best fit. Shop for tight-fitting silhouettes and fitting wraps that will fit you in all the right places. Your upper body will look great in V-necks, plunge, and sweetheart necklines. To show off your defined waistline, pair up a belt with a dress and wear it at your natural waistline or just below the belly button.  Additionally, A-line dresses look great on the lower part of your body.

Pear Shape

Pear Shape

What is it?

Women with pear-shaped figures have a well-defined waist. This body shape is generally considered “bottom heavy,” with the hip measurements being bigger than the waist, bust, and shoulder measurements.

Style secrets

Aim to add volume to the upper torso and don’t dress so much about your waist. A-line dresses and princess cuts are a great place to start. Find ruffled or patterned tops that add definition and mass to the upper body. Dresses with crop cuts, V-necks, and boat necks go well when coupled with necklaces and work great to help you balance your look.

Rectangle figure

Rectangle figure

What is it?

Also known as an athletic build, women with a rectangular body shape typically have waist, hip, bust, and shoulder measurements that are all roughly equal.

Style secrets

Your goal here is to create a more pronounced waistline to make the bust and hips appear larger. Play along with bandage and ruffle dresses that will expose the arms and make the bust look bigger. Look for dresses with stripes and designs that will give the body a proportionate look. You could also go for A-line skirts and couple them with layered and ruffled tops. Sleeveless, sweetheart and strapless dresses are also great options to help you flaunt your curves.

The more you know about your body figure, the better equipped you are to shop for clothes that fit well. At Scout & Molly’s Boutique at The Shops at Legacy, we’re happy to help you find the perfect fit that’s guaranteed to send you home smiling and confident. We carry the hottest items from all your favorite designers and our in-store stylists will make sure you look (and feel) your best no matter the occasion!


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