Dresses for Body Shapes

Most good women’s clothes shops stock a wide range of day dresses, cocktail dresses, party dresses and evening dresses for your special occasion what ever it may be.

Dresses come in an endless selection of designs, styles and colours, if in the past you’ve not been much of a dress wearer don’t just stick to that one little black dress you do own, be adventurous and find the perfect dress for you and your shape with our help.

Dresses for Apple Shaped Women:

The main traits of your apple shaped body are:


  • Larger bust
  • Broader shoulders
  • Narrower hips
  • Less defined waist

You don’t need to hide your upper body in a little black dress if you have wide shoulders. Instead, look for body-balancing details like the trendy asymmetrical neckline, like the one-shoulder style.  Avoid puffy sleeves or voluminous tops paired with slim bottoms that will exaggerate your shoulder width. Disguise a thick waist in a little black dress by either raising, lowering or eliminating the waistline. This dress works by skimming the body without defining the waist.  A drop-waist dress, which hits somewhere around the hipbones, or empire waist dresses which have a raised waist are other good choices. Balance a top-heavy figure in a little black dress by opting for the most flattering This body type is one of the more challenging ones to dress.

Apple bodies should avoid halter, heavily decorated, off-the shoulder, and boat necklines as these accentuate your already broad shoulders. Try to avoid puffy sleeves or big tops in combination with slim bottoms. This will exaggerate your wider shoulders as well. Strapless and scoop necklines work nicely, as do soft, rounded necklines with a narrow bodice. Stay away from heavily embellished bodices however. The most flattering neckline for a full bust is the V-neck or a plunging neckline as they make the body appear less round.

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Dresses for Pear Shaped Woman:

The main traits of your pear shaped body are:


  • Wider hips and thighs
  • Narrower shoulders
  • Wider bottom
  • Smaller bust

The easiest way to balance a bottom-heavy figure is to choose a little black dress that skims over the lower half of the body. Fuller skirts will disguise heavy hips, while showing off the waist. A fitted halter or strapless silhouette which accents a trim upper body is very flattering for bottom-heavy figures. To achieve a balanced look go with a full or a-line skirt (a slightly flared skirt that has a silhouette resembling the letter “A”) or even a ball gown. These skirts will flatter a slim waistline and make

The bust stand out while disguising your fuller hips. Avoid thin straps and boat necklines, and stay away from pleated or gathered fabric at the waist as this will accentuate your broader hips. Fitted tops such as a strapless corset-style bodice look best with this body shape especially in combination with that a-line skirt. Try tops with some kind of embellishment also to add a little more volume to your bust line. If you don’t want to go strapless, think about a halter with a more circular neckline. If you’re flexible with color choice, wear light colors on top and dark colors on bottom. This will bring the eye up and away from your wider bottom. You could also go with an allover print. The key here is to show off your upper body. That means your arms, back, and bust.

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Dresses for the Hourglass Woman.

The main traits of your Hourglass shaped body are:

hourglass shape figure

  • Bust and hips nearly the same size
  • Well defined waist – 9″ or more smaller than bust
  • Full bust
  • Shapely legs

As you should know by now you have been blessed with easiest body shape to dress. Nothing needs to be hidden or enhanced since your shape is already proportional and you can pull off just about any dress you choose!

Although you can pull off almost all dress styles and shapes you do need to be careful when it comes to pattern or embellishment. Stay away from heavily beaded or over embellished dresses, they tend to make you appear heavier than you actually are and can leave you looking unbalanced.

Bodices look great with your body shape as they will enhance your natural curves accentuating the waist and lifting your bust. As far as length goes stick to the same rules as when buying a skirt, remembering that if you’re a little on the shorter side wear ¾ length dresses or just below the knee with a slit to make you look taller.

Strapless or off-the shoulder necklines are perfect for an hourglass shape. You really do have a lot of options so feel lucky to have been blessed with such a great body shape.

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Dresses for the Boy Shaped Woman.

The main traits of your Hourglass shaped body are:

boyish woman body shape

  • Undefined Waist
  • Narrower Hips
  • Small Bust

Dresses for the boyish shaped woman can be fabulous, there are so many accessories that you can use to emphasise your body and gain terrific curves.

The perfect dress for the boyish frame flatters and adds curves, look for a dress with a lot of shape however avoid cutesy looks such as puffed sleeves as you will just end up looking little girlish.

Luckily for you most clothing especially dresses actually hangs better on women with smaller busts! If you do want to add more volume up top look for embellishment, ruffles or fullness at the bust. A great dress that automatically makes the chest area appear fuller are empire style dresses, these would be great for your body shape as there usually not clingy so won’t show your boyish frame off underneath.

Another option to create the illusion of curves is to draw attention to your waist, cinched in waist lines or a dress worn with a bodice will defiantly give you some defined curves and help you to achieve that hourglass look.

Maxi dresses are right on trend this season and would look great on your tall slim frame.

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