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Choosing the Most Suitable Dress for Our Body Type (for Women)

Updated on February 26, 2012

Fashion has been women's passion for generations. Whenever we go to a cocktail-party or a fancy meeting we always try to look our best and choose the most beautiful dress. But does it always fit our body shape? In this guide I am going to show you how to determine your body shape and give you an example of some perfect dressed for you!

Body Shape Chart


1. Triangle Body Type

This means: your bust is smaller than your hips. You have slim shoulders and arms and a very elegant neck. You tend to gain wait from the bottom and your legs.

What's the perfect dress for me? You have a wonderful waist and do not be afraid to show it. I suggest you wearing halter neck dresses( they have fitted up top which will show off your waist) and dresses with very thin straps which will balance your waist and upper body.

What shouldn't I wear? you should try to avoid wearing baggy, adding bulk to your hips dresses or dresses that have design lines at hip-line

Best Choices for Inverted Triangle Shape

2. Inverted Triangle Body Type

This means: your bust is larger than you hips, you have narrow hips and broad shoulders. You tend to gain weight in your upper body and belly.

What's the perfect dress for me? The key to your perfect look is to add more shape to your waist. Choose dresses that add curves to your waist. Dresses that flow through the waist are also a great idea!

What shouldn't I wear? I recommend you to avoid dresses that ephasize you shoulders, big collars and high necklines.

Best Choices For Rectangle Shape

3. Rectangle Body Type

This means: You have a straight body type. Your bust and hips are about the same size and you have an undefined waist.

What's the perfect dress for me? We have to add some curves to your shape. I suggest you wearing dresses that wrap or flow through the waistline, dresses with shoulder pads(may look a little retro but it is very chic) and empire-waist dresses.

What shouldn't I wear? You have to avoid wearing fitted and narrow dresses, and low necklines.

4. Hourglass Body Type

This means: you have well balanced hips and bust. The length of your legs is proportionate to the length of your upper body, you most likely have rounded bottom and nice curves.

What's the perfect dress for me? You should not wear baggy dresses first of all. You have a nice body shape. The perfect dress for you is the shift dress (short, sleeveless dress) or body-con(dress that follows your curves) but if you feel too exposed I recommend you a long satin bandage gown.

What shouldn't I wear? Do not wear dresses that are baggy, have high necklines or have skirts with open pleats.

5. Diamond Body Type

This means: you have a full midsection - your waist is larger than your hips and bust. You tend to gain waist in your belly, back and upper legs.

What's the perfect dress for me? One of your best features are your lower legs, they are very nicely shaped and it is nice to highlight them with a knee-long dress. Also wear dresses that are tight under your bust and loose enough to skim over your tummy.

What shouldn't I wear? You should avoid wearing dresses that are fitted, have high necklines, large lapels and clingy fabrics

6. Rounded Body Type

This means: You have a large bust, narrow hips, and a full midsection. You have a tendency to gain weight in your stomach, back and upper body. Your waist is undefined and you have slim and nicely shaped legs.

What's the perfect dress for me? Since you have such beautiful legs, we are going to highlight them. A beautiful long dress with a slash from the upper leg will look awesome on you. You can play with the length of your dresses but don't wear too because there is a risk of looking too heavy on top.

What shouldn't I wear? Same as the diamond shaped body you should tend to avoid wearing dresses that are fitted, have high necklines, large lapels and clingy fabrics.


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      3 years ago

      A skirt that gradually flares out in an A formation from the natural waist to the floor, highlighting the narrowness of the midsection and floating away from the hips and thighs. (Sturdier fabrics, such as duchesse satin and taffeta, are especially effective, since they won't cling.) A spaghetti-strap bodice or a V neckline will also showcase a more slender upper body.


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