Look Fabulous in the Right Dress

Your Guide to the Best Dresses for Your Body Type

Have you ever walked into your favorite designer’s store and fallen in love with a dress displayed on a mannequin? You can’t wait to try it on and then low and behold… it just doesn’t look the same on you as it did on display… The truth is that certain dress styles can make us look amazing and some styles are just not suited for our body frames. The key is to know which styles accentuate our bodies. Here is a guide to the best dresses for your body type:
If you have an hourglass figure:
If you are curvaceous (your bust line and hips are fuller and your waist is smaller), try a dress with a belted waist; the belt will bring attention to your sleek waist.
If you have a boyish frame:
For women with less definition between their bust, hips and waist, styles such as fitted sheath dresses and classic shift dresses are good choices. Other great choices are frocks with ruffles and detailing, which can add the illusion of curves to your frame. For a formal occasion, try a one-shoulder cocktail dress for a dramatic touch.
If you have a “pear” frame:
For women who are smaller on top with fuller hips and thighs, try an A-line dress that is strapless or has a deep V. An open neck draws the eye up while the A-line minimizes the hip area.
The dress that flatters everyone!
One style that universally looks fabulous on every woman is a classic wrap dress. Not only can this style be worn by women at every age, its sophisticated style can be casual or professional.  The versatile dress can highlight your best features and minimize any perceived figure flaws. Finally, this adjustable style can even be worn while you are pregnant; just adjust the waist as needed.


Nina Sutton is a TV host, spokesperson and beauty/lifestyle expert. She specializes in mommy beauty and style.  She is also one of the winners of People Magazine’s “Real Beauty at Every Age” contest and was featured in the April 2012 “Most Beautiful” issue. With an MBA and a business background in beauty, fashion and consumer packaged goods, Nina brings real world expertise to audiences around the country. 


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