The Best Styles of Dress for Each Body Type

When shopping, it can be very difficult to figure out if a particular dress will look good on you. It may look great on the woman modeling it but if she has a body type that’s different from yours, it isn’t a realistic representation. So how can you shop while feeling confident that what you put in your cart will flatter your figure? Easy. Know your body type and know how to compliment it with what looks good on you.

What’s Your Body Type?

This is an easy one to figure out. Simply stand in front of a mirror and take a good look at yourself. If you can’t tell just by looking, then you can take measurements of your shoulders, waist, and hips. The most common body types are:

  • Apple
  • Hourglass
  • Pear
  • Rectangle
  • Inverted triangle
Apple Body Type

Apple Body Type

Women with this body type typically have a larger upper body than they do a lower body. This means your shoulder measurements are larger than your hip measurement. The best dress styles for this type of body are dresses that feature A-line or empire cuts.

Hourglass Body Type

Hourglass Body Type

Women with this body type tend to be the most proportionally balanced. Their hips and shoulders align, and their waist is small. If you have an hourglass figure, highlight your curves with form-fitting dresses.

Pear Body Type

Pear Body Type

This body type is bottom-heavy. If your hip measurements are larger than your shoulders, then you’re probably a pear. Embrace your pear shape by picking dresses that naturally highlight the curves of your thighs and bottom. Or, go for dresses that make your shoulders look larger, which can provide the illusion of an hourglass shape.

Rectangle Body Type

Rectangle Body Type

Women of this body type have shoulders, waist, and hips that are all just about equal in measurement. Any dress that gives the illusion of a smaller waist is perfect for this body type. When it comes to this body type, avoid accentuating your upper body too much with flares or ruffles.

A good rule of thumb when it comes to shopping for dresses is to search for dresses that accentuate what you already have. If you want to conceal or highlight a certain part of your body our personal stylists will look for dresses that accomplish this in specific areas by being flowy, patterned, v-shaped, A-line, strapless, or form-fitting. No matter your body type, we look forward to helping you find the perfect dress to help you look and feel your best for every occasion. Check out the great selection of dresses available at Scout & Molly’s Boutique by visiting us in-store at our Sawgrass boutique, or shopping online today! We look forward to helping you find the perfect dress to compliment your body type.


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