What Gown Style Is Best For You?

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What style gown will work for your body shape?

What style gown will work for your body shape?


When purchasing a dress many women ask the same question “what style gown will work for my body shape?” Now I can tell you that by reading other articles, books or just by browsing the web, many will tell you that you need to know your body type. Such as, are you an inverted triangle, a rectangle, an apple, a pear, or an hourglass figure. But the one thing you need to remember is no matter what, you need to try on the dress . Every dress is cut and fits differently and the same can be said about everybody’s body shape. 

  • Hourglass shapes – to show off your curves, try a body-hugging mermaid that will enhance your sexy silhouette. Stay away from an over abundance of ruffles and tiers.
  • Apple shapes usually have thin legs and tend to carry weight around their middle. An empire dress will flow over your mid-section for a flattering effect.
  • Rectangle shapes- trying to look to add some curves? Go for gowns with added volume and details at both the chest and hip to help create the illusion of an hourglass shape.
  • Busty/full chested- a tip of the shoulder or tank top neckline will draw the eye across and help balance out a full bust line. A defined waistline is a must for your shape. Look for a built in corset for needed support. 
  • Petite- Create an elongated look with a slender sheath opt. For gowns with empire waists that draws the eye up. Be wary of voluminous ballgowns that can overwhelm your small figure.
  • Plus-size/voluptuous- A corseted bodice will redefine your shape. Dresses with a lining also ensure a better, sleeker fit. Slimming A-line skirts are universally flattering. Don’t be afraid to show your curves.
  • Pear shapes- An A-line gown is the perfect silhouette, as it will disguise fuller hips. Also, consider dresses with textural and style details up top to balance out your proportions.

Don’t be discouraged. There is something for everyone, no matter what height or body shape you are. When choosing your dress, your aim is to find a silhouette that will highlight what makes you look best.

By Megan Palencia