Dresses-a quick guide to which styles flatter certain body shape features

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I decided to focus my attention on dresses this week, more specifically what types will potentially flatter specific body shape features as once again,  I get many questions about this from clients. I’ll try and make it a simple and easy guide so that hopefully it will serve as a quick reference point if you’re out and about shopping for that ideal dress . Ok, so here goes!

1. The A-line dress

Perfect for:

  • most body shapes actually !
  • especially great for pear and apple body shapes-weight around the tummy, hips and thighs
  • boyish frames to add a more curvaceous look
  • broad shoulders to balance out top half of inverted triangle body  shape

2. The cowl neck  drape dress

Perfect for :

  • pear-shaped women
  • curvaceous shapes eg, the hour glass
  • women who want to add more shape and definition to their small or boyish frame

3. The shirt dress

Perfect for:

  • women who have a ‘boyish’ shape -not overly curvaceous
  • petite frames

5. The halter -neck dress

Perfect for:

  • full-busted women
  • hour-glass
  • apple and pear shaped frames
  • showing off toned arms and shoulders

5. The shift dress

Perfect for:

  • short waisted ladies
  • boyish frames
  • small busted ladies
  • hiding the tummy

6. The swing dress

Perfect for:

  • short waisted ladies
  • petite frames
  • hiding the tummy and hips
  • smaller busted ladies

7. The fitted  V neck dress

Perfect for :

  • the hour glass shape
  • big busted women
  • curvaceous shapes
  • athletic builds


8. The maxi dress

Perfect for:

  • tall ladies
  • boyish frames
  • hiding legs and tums
  • short and long waisted torsos


9. The fit and flare dress

Perfect for:

  • triangle body shape-fit and flare style will balance out small upper body and camouflage the hips and thighs
  • apple and pear body shapes
  • showing off toned arms
  • concealing tummy

Ok, so that’s all for now. Now, I’m fully aware that there are many other styles of dresses out there and other body shape issues to cover so , rest assured , I’ll be coming back to this topic at a later date. Any questions or comments? Need help shopping for the ideal dress? Give me a call or drop me a line- I’d love to help.

In the meantime, happy styling :) !

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