Choose the Best Dress for Your Body Type

Edited by Maria Sharon Ubando, Lynn

Sharry dress1.jpg

You are what you wear. This is so true, but when we dress up, we should not only go for the fashion trend but we should also see if the the clothes we choose would look good on us.

When we have to attend a special gathering, we should make sure that we look our best with the dress we wear. Sometimes, we spend days canvassing from one shop to another. The reason? It's often because we don't know exactly what to look for. Knowing your body type will make it easier to find that dress, which will save you some time to go shopping for your shoes and a few accessories.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Sometimes, no matter how well a dress has been made, we won't be able to achieve the effect that we want because our choice does not suit our body type. Be more careful next time.


Find that Right Dress for You

There are four main body types for women - circle, hourglass, rectangle and triangle. Figure out the category where you belong and follow some of the tips below to find that perfect dress for you, girl.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help
Sharry dress4.jpg
  1. 1
    Circle or Apple Body Shape
    A woman with an apple-shaped body type has a wider mid-section, but also has a high waist. Another part of being an apple is having narrow ankles and wrists. Since you have a thick mid-section, you should stay away from high-rise pants and belts, for they will only emphasize the parts you like to hide. Skinny jeans and leggings (patterned tights) that can highlight your legs are perfect for you. Wearing a tunic also creates an illusion that can make you look longer.
    Sharry dress3.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  2. 2
    Hourglass Shape
    This is the shape that many women would die for - narrow waist, ample and nice chest and full hips; these all describe what an hourglass shape is. It is perfect, since everything seems to be proportionate. Emphasize your curves with a wrap-around dress or blouse. Go for high-waist pants, V-neck tops and pencil cut skirts. Tunics, boxy-style dresses, large cardigans and doll dresses are a no-no for an hourglass.
    Sharry dress2.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  3. 3
    Triangle Shape
    Women with the triangle shaped body have small shoulders but with a wide waist. The lower body is also fuller with this type of body shape. When buying a dress for you, it would be better if you go for separates so you can get pieces that fit your bottom and top. Go for light-colored tops and darker bottoms. Never go for oversize sweaters, dresses made of silk, or skinny pants and jeans.
    Sharry dress5.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  4. 4
    Rectangle Shape
    This type is almost masculine, where your waist is not defined, you don't have many body curves, hips and shoulders are about the same width, bust is small to average, and most of the time bottoms are flat. It is too close to the hourglass shape minus the curves in the waist. For you to create an illusion of curve, wear flared pants or skirts, or anything that could add some definition to the waste. To boost the bust area, wear tops with high or medium necklines or halter necks. Do away with belts if you have no waist at all, along with tops with Empire waist style.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Besides choosing the right dress for your body type, it is also important you wear your clothes with confidence at all times, no matter what you are wearing.

Referencing this Article

If you need to reference this article in your work, you can copy-paste the following depending on your required format:

APA (American Psychological Association)
Choose the Best Dress for Your Body Type. (2015). In VisiHow. Retrieved Mar 28, 2017, from

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

MLA (Modern Language Association) "Choose the Best Dress for Your Body Type." VisiHow, Accessed 28 Mar 2017.

Chicago / Turabian "Choose the Best Dress for Your Body Type." Accessed Mar 28, 2017.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.


VisiHow welcomes all comments. If you do not want to be anonymous, register or log in. It is free.

Ask the author

Maria sharon
Premier Author
56 Articles Started
1,510 Article Edits
30,420 Points
Maria sharon is a premier author with VisiHow. Maria sharon has achieved the level of "Lieutenant" with 30,420 points. Maria sharon has started 56 articles (including this one) and has also made 1,510 article edits. 734,000 people have read Maria sharon's article contributions.
Maria sharon's Message Board
Maria sharon: Hi, my name is Maria sharon.
Maria sharon: Can I help you with your problem about "Choose the Best Dress for Your Body Type"?

Article Info

Categories : Beauty & Aesthetics

Recent edits by: Maria Sharon Ubando

Share this Article:

Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 2,433 times.

Do you have a question not answered in this article?
Click here to ask one of the writers of this article

Thank Our Volunteer Authors.

Would you like to give back to the community by fixing a spelling mistake? Yes | No