Many women like to dress up for special occasions, or even just for every day. However, it isn’t always easy to find the perfect dress. Understanding which clothes are best suited for your body type will make finding the right dress for any event a little bit easier.
Women who have a pear shape, with a bottom that’s bigger than their top, should opt for a dress that draws attention to their top and minimizes their bottom half. Stick to dresses that are close to knee length and not too loose or too fitted. Having bright colors or horizontal stripes on the top of the dress and dark colors on the bottom half will help make the body look more balanced. For the best fit, pear-shaped women may be better off wearing a two-piece outfit, such as a skirt and a shirt, instead of a dress.
Those with a bit more of a belly may want to choose a dress that has a belt low on their waist or an empire waist. Details around the shoulder area can help draw attention away from the waist. Those with larger arms should opt for loose, billowy sleeves, while those with smaller arms may want to consider cap sleeves that are a bit puffy to help balance the look of the shoulders and hips. A-line dresses and wrap dresses can also be good choices. Adding a scarf, wrap, or necklace can help keep attention on the top of your body.
A woman who is thin can wear styles that add volume, such as peplum dresses, bubble dresses, sweater dresses, and dresses with ruffles. Those with a small chest can add a large statement necklace to add more volume to the top of their body, but shouldn’t wear deep v-necklines. Instead, opt for a rounded neckline on a dress in an A-line style that ends slightly above the knee. Wear a belt to emphasize a small waist.
One style of dress that is flattering to most body types is the shift dress because it isn’t clingy but it also isn’t baggy. The key is to select a dress that emphasizes the things you like about your body while minimizing any areas that you aren’t as happy about.