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Your best dress shape for your body

When it comes to looking good, it’s not your size or shape that matters, it’s the fit of your clothes.  By knowing your basic body shape and understanding the guidelines for choosing the types of clothes that will accentuate your good features and minimize your less-than-perfect areas, you will be able to dress in the way that suits you best.

At this time of year you will be thinking about your new party dress and with so much choice, you need to start by knowing what suits you.  When choosing your dress your aim is to create the illusion of having a balanced body – in proportion on the top and the bottom.  So, once you know your body shape you can make sure choose the styles that flatter your figure and avoid those that don’t.

What dress shapes should you get for your body shape?

Neat Hourglass

Lucky you! You have a balanced body with your top and bottom half in proportion so you can wear pretty much any dress shape but ideally you want something shaped. Choose a dress that will show off your body with a dress that defines your waist, enhances your bust and highlights your hips and bottom.

Full Hourglass

Wow! You have the most feminine body shape with full curves in all the right places. Choose dresses that are fluid and shaped so you can accentuate your curves rather than cover them up.  Think wrap, bias or soft pleats.


Great! You can bring all the attention to the top half of your body.  You are often referred to as pear shaped, so with your choice of dress  you should aim to accentuate your bust and minimize your bottom and hips.  Think embellishment on the top and no detail on the bottom half.  You might even prefer separates.


Brilliant! Proportionally you have a flat bottom and hips. Your problem area is your central torso, so, wherever possible use accessories to draw the eye to the area above your bust and below your hips. Your aim is to give the impression of a slightly longer body.  Choose something A-line, wrap or a drop waistline.


Lucky you! You are the one with the flat hips and a flat bottom. However, some rectangles will also have a fuller bust, which gives a softer edge to their shape.  Your main aim is to soften those edges even more and create the appearance of curves.  Choose simple, straight lines or shift dresses.

Inverted Triangle

Magnificent! You have great shoulders – halternecks are made for you, To balance the upper and lower parts of your body, you need to highlight your hips and bottom, focusing all attention below your waist.  Go for simple straight lines, shift dresses or choose separates.