You have likely found that there are always some dress styles that look better on you than others. This is often due to body type. By defining your body type and understanding what it means, you can determine what designs will work best for you. This will help you for all sorts of formal dressing situations.
Pear-Shaped Body Type
If the lower part of your body is wider than the upper part, you have a pear-shaped body. Most women with this body type have wider hips and waist than bust and shoulders. Most also have slim arms and slender shoulders.
To take advantage of your pear-shaped body, you need to choose attire that embraces your hips while giving volume to your upper body. In a formal dress for women, look for plunging, sweetheart, and scoop necklines. Furthermore, draw attention away from your thighs with a unique hem, such as a tulip skirt or high-low dress.
Hourglass Body Type
Hourglass bodies are curvy with well-defined waists. The likelihood is that your bust and hips are around the same size. To make the most of this body type, emphasize your curves.
A V-neck is excellent for accentuating your bust, but it is even better when it is on a dress that is tight around the waist. If you are looking for a formal short dress, pick one with a pencil skirt to highlight your natural endowments.
Apple-Shaped Body Type
Apple-shaped bodies are well-proportioned, with most of the weight in the bust or midsection and a slim lower body. When shopping for a formal dress, seek a style that softens your midsection and draws attention to your shoulders and legs.
Without being baggy, dresses should be loose on top. For short formal dresses, opt for a skirt that has a tight waist but flowing hem. For something longer, consider a shift dress or an A-line dress.
Wedge Body Type
Wedge bodies are like inverted triangles — the chest and shoulders are broad, whereas the waist and hips are narrow. If you have a wedge body type, wear a dress that focuses attention on your lower body but minimizes your upper body. You can achieve this by picking full skirts in bright colors or a dress in a style that adds to your waist. Always avoid spaghetti straps and boat necklines.
Rectangular Body Type
Some women lack natural curves — this is called a rectangular body type. As with wedge bodies, you need to create the illusion of a full waist, such as by using high-waisted clothes. In addition, you need to emphasize your shoulders and bust. You can do this with ruffles or pleats on the top part of the dress. Bear in mind that short dresses are always better for you, as your slim legs are your biggest asset.
Whatever your body type, you can find a formal dress that shows off your best features. To add a sense of confidence to your look, always make sure you choose clothing that you feel comfortable wearing and that expresses who you are.