How to Find the Perfect Dress for Your Body Type

Dress for your body type

We all want to look our best, but finding the right outfit to flatter your shape can be hard. With so many different cuts and styles of dresses, how can you be sure you are buying the most flattering one for your figure? You can’t simply rely on the latest trends to be your guide because they may not work for you. Be true to yourself and follow my tips, and you will find the right dress for your body type every time!

Straight Frame  

Little definition between bust, waist, and hip measurements.

Styles for you: To look your best with what is most commonly referred to as a rectangular shape, aim to find dresses that create curves. Shop for fitted sheaths, which fit close to the body, to show off your figure, but look for draping to help define your waistline. Wrap dresses are also your best friend, as these will create an instant shape.


Stay away: Avoid classic shifts, which hang away from the body, as they will only make you look boxy.


Curvaceous, with full bust, defined waist, and full hips.
Styles for you: The same types of dresses that a woman with a straight frame would use to create curves, can be used to accentuate yours. Get your Kardashian on with knit dresses and classic sheaths with fitted waists that enhance your classically feminine form. Look for dresses with a belted waistline to highlight your small midsection.

Stay away: Anything that hides your shape, like a shift dress, will not be flattering. Also, avoid dresses with tops that add unnecessary volume, as these will make you look disproportionate.


 Heavier on top and middle, with large bust and shoulders

Styles for you: A-line styles with full skirts and details at the hem can help balance out the bottom half and create an hourglass illusion. Neck details also bring the focus up, but be sure to keep any details on the dress away from the waistline.

Stay away: Avoid any dresses that have belts or add unnecessary bulk. Also, stay away from fitted dresses that bring the focus to your midsection. Shorter hemlines are not the best option, as these will make you look shorter rather than elongating your torso.


Fuller at the hips and rear, and smaller on top.

Styles for you: The key to dressing a pear- or triangle-shaped body is diverting the attention up and giving the appearance of a uniform figure. Because you are smaller on top than you are on the bottom, you have to keep proportions in mind. Shop for dresses with blousy top portions to balance out your figure. 

Stay away: A sheath dress is your worst enemy! You will likely have trouble finding the right size with these straight dresses, as they will probably be too big in the top if you find a good fit in the bottom. While I usually recommend tailoring, in this case I do not think it is worth the money spent when you could look for a more flattering silhouette.

Stay fabulous,


Sherita J. Rankins

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  1. 6.5.16
    Ruth Rankins said:

    Thanks to the expert fashion advice that’s aways given in”busywifebusylife’post “, I know when I put on a dress… I no longer have to second guess whether it’s the right dress for me. Busywifebusylife’ is so amazing!

    • 6.6.16

      Happy to help! I know shopping can overwhelming at times, so it is good to know that I have made it a little easier for you!

  2. 6.5.16
    Abby Castro said:

    Love the tips! It’s tough to pick a dress that would complement your body type. But with these tips, you’ll have an idea if something will work or not.

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

    • 6.6.16

      So glad my tips were helpful! I checkout your site and you have great style! Thanks again!