The Best Styles of Dress for Each Body Type
Dressing for your body type can be frustrating for us all. Here at Scout & Molly’s Boutique of Reston, we understand how troublesome it can be to find clothes that best highlight your feminine features. That’s why we’ve taken the time to compile some of our stylists’ tips to help you select the best style of dress no matter your body type.
The first step in learning how to dress for your body type is to recognize what type of body type you have.
Balanced Body Type with Balanced Legs — You have a balanced body type if your body can be divided into two equal parts. The measurement from the top of your head to your hip and the measurement from the hip to the floor should be roughly the same. If your waist is an equal distance from your bust line and hips, then your waist is considered balanced. If your knees are halfway between your hips and the floor, then your legs are considered balanced.
Short Waisted & Long Legged – If your waist is halfway between your hips and bust line, then you have a short-waisted body type. If the measurement from the top of your head to your hips is less than the measurement from your hip to the floor, then you have a long-legged body type.
Long Waisted & Short Legged – If your waist is below the mark that is halfway between your hips and bust line, you have a long-waisted body type. If the measurement from the top of your head to your hips is greater than the measurement from your hip to the floor, then you have a short-legged body type.
Tips for Balanced (Straight) Body Types
This body type is very common. If your hips and bust are relatively equal in measurement, this is your body type. Women with this body type look best when they highlight their waist and balance their top and bottom. However, if you add volume to your lower or upper body, you can fashion a curvy look very similar to an hourglass shape.
Tips for Short Waisted Body Types
For those of you with a short-waisted body type, a dress with a V-neck will make your torso appear longer and will also elongate your neck. You should avoid dresses with boat necks since they will make the distance between your waist and neck appear shorter.
It’s a good idea to avoid belts at your natural waist since they will create a line which will not only cut you but emphasize your long legs and short torso. If you do wear a belt, it should match the top of your dress and not the bottom. A thin belt would look especially stunning if worn loosely around your waist so that it creates a V when it dips down.
Tips for Long Waisted Body Types
Because empire waist and A-line dresses have no waistline, they are perfect for a woman with a long torso. The best hemline for a long-waisted women’s dress is just above your knee. A hemline just above your knee will not only draw attention your legs but will also make you look taller. Direct someone’s eye upwards when looking at you with a fancy or frilled collar.
If you’re long waisted, then there’s a lot of room between your rib cage and waist. You have plenty of space for a wide belt. You can also make your upper body look shorter by wearing a wide belt a little above your natural waistline.