Find the Most Flattering Dress for your Shape

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Fit to Flatter: Find the flattering dress for your shape. In a landscape of ever-changing trends, knowing what to wear to flatter your shape can be a challenge. Discover the confidence-boosting figure formula to help you shine this occasion season.

HOURGLASS

Your shape: Curvy with a small waist

Avoid

  • Empire lines – they conceal your narrow waist
  • High necklines add bulk to a full bust
  • Shoulder pads throw the balance between your upper and lower halves

Your goal: Highlight your curves, accentuate your small waist and balance your upperand lower body.

  • Sweetheart, scoop and v-necklines help draw attention to the small of your waist
  • Wrap and bodycon dresses accentuate the definition of your curves
  • Sheath and A-line silhouettes enhance the body’s natural shape

wrap dress      bodycon

 

APPLE

Your shape: Slim lower body, carrying weight around your middle

Avoid

  •  Gathering / detailing at the waist – both add bulk and draw the eye to the area
  • Stiff fabrics create a lumpy, unflattering silhouette

Your goal: Define the waist yet deflect the eye onto the face, shoulders, bust or leg

  • Opt for an empire line to skim your stomach
  • A v-neck / detailing to the neckline, shoulder and bust helps draw eyes up
  • Opt for soft, floaty fabrics for a forgiving drape
  • Gentle ruching will help cover your mid-section

empire dress     drape dress

 

BANANA

Your shape: Equal width at the shoulders, hips and waist

Avoid

  • Fussy detail to the waist – you will lose all definition
  • Sheath dresses’ long, straight lines will swamp the subtleties of your silhouette

Your goal: Create the illusion of a defined waist

  • Detailing / embellishment to your top half will enhance the bust
  • A peplum trim to the waist adds definition to your silhouette
  • Accentuate your narrowest part – below the bust – with a cinched-in empire line
  • Create curves with a structured A-line / ball gown shape
  • Off-the-shoulder dresses create the illusion of wider shoulder and a proportionally narrow waist

banana empire      strapless dress

 

PEAR

Your shape: Hips are wider than your shoulders, with a well-defined waist

Avoid

  • Horizontal pattern on your lower body
  • Hip-hugging pencil skirts disproportionately highlight the lower body
  • Fussy detail / pockets at waist also add bulk

Your goal: Draw the eye to your upper body, flatter your curves and camouflage your lower body parts

  • Voluminous sleeves, wide and chest-enhancing necklines keep the focus on your upper body
  • A-line, full skirt and empire dresses gently flare giving the illusion of a well-proportion figure
  • Statement jewellery helps detract attention from your lower body
  • Elongate your legs with stilettos
  • Voluminous hair balances upper and lower body

pear dress      tulip dress

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