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How to choose the prom dress that flatters your body type

Updated on July 30, 2012

Here is a little guide to help you choose your perfect prom dress. Please keep in mind, this list is not exhaustive but just a little guide to help you along the way.

The basic idea is to balance all the elements in your dress and create the illusion of curvier body.

Hourglass shape: Girls with this body type have narrow waist and equal sized bust and hip measurement. Girls with this type of figure can pull off any dress. However, it is important to flaunt your best feature. And the best feature for girls with hour glass shaped figure is –CURVES!! So, you need dresses that accentuate your curves. Mermaid gowns, A line skirts, princess style dresses hug your perfect figure and emphasize your narrow waist, at the same time accentuating the curves.


Pear shaped: If your hip span is greater than your shoulder span, it means you have a pear shaped figure or inverted triangle. You have a big booty, so it is not necessary to add any more detail in that region. You are going to have to add detail in your bust region. Empire line dresses are perfect for this figure. They hide your booty and draw attention to your bust region – which strikes the balance!

Apple shaped: It’s the reverse of pear shape. Your shoulder span is bigger than your hip span. So, you need to add more detail to the bottom part of your dress i.e. dresses that have big bows, laces on the skirt .This creates an illusion of bigger booty and creates the balance that we are looking for. If your shoulders are too broad, try to avoid strapless neck, because it draws too much attention. You should look out for dresses that have square neck. Square neck draws attention inwards, towards your neck, creating an illusion that you have smaller shoulders.

Rectangular shaped: This is also known banana figure or boyish figure. The shoulder and hip span are equal and girls are usually petite. In this body type, we are trying to create curves. Dresses with flowy textures would soften the look. You should stay away from body hugging dresses and look out for the straight down, flowy, feminine gowns. Little detailing like narrow waist band helps create illusion of curves. Watch out for dresses like that.

Also, other important tips to remember:

# If you are heavily endowed in breast area, try to go for V necks and strapless with sweet heart neck line.

# If you have heavy toned arms, try to soften the look with halter tops.

# Strapless empire line gowns look beautiful on girls with pear shaped body type.

# If you are short, try to go for short dresses because that is going to show your legs and create an illusion that you are tall. If you want to try long gowns, try to avoid gowns with too much flare in the bottom, stick to straight down dresses.

# Dresses like mermaid gowns restrict your movements, so, beware!!


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    • BeautyAndTheRest profile image

      BeautyAndTheRest 6 years ago

      Yeah, anything that clinches the waist looks perfect for hourglass figures. I am glad you liked my article. Thank you for commenting :-)

    • kerlynb profile image

      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      OMG, trumpet cut really flatters hour-glass figures! So beautiful. I also think A-line would do. Useful hub!