What Kind of Dress Suits My Figure?

What Kind of Dress Suits My Figure?

Any fashionista knows that you dress according to your body type. Not every silhouette may be flattering for your figure. However, going with dresses that suit your body type can make a big difference. 

You don’t have to be slim or in shape to rock a dress. Even if you’re a plus-size woman, you can wear a dress that complements your figure. But for that, you have to know what your body type is exactly, as it has more to do with body frame and proportions and not much with weight or height. 

Body Types

There are several different types of body shapes or figures. But to keep things simple, we’ll just classify the different body types into four main types:

  • Hourglass
  • Pear or Triangle
  • Round or Apple
  • Athletic 


The hourglass body shape gets the name from, well, the hourglass. As you can imagine, this kind of figure has curves, with the bust and hips proportionally equivalent. This kind of figure is generally balanced with the legs. 

The waist is well-defined, especially because of the fuller bust, hips, and thighs. An hourglass body shape is also called curvy, as the smaller waist in comparison with the bust and hips create smooth curves. 

What Dresses Suit Hourglass Body?

As an hourglass body is curvy with a well-defined waist, it’s important to accentuate that waist. So any dress silhouette with a cinched-in waist will work with an hourglass figure effortlessly. 

Form-fitting dresses like bodycon dresses can also suit this kind of figure and give a very flattering look. Wrap dresses also work great, especially those with a belt around the waist (not too high or too low, at the actual waist). 

Another great thing about hourglass body shape is that whether you have broad shoulders or they are roughly even with your hips; you can easily rock open necklines. Dresses with a v-neck or straps will also look great. 

But which dresses to avoid? Any silhouette that covers those curves. Avoid wearing dresses with a very high waist like baby doll dresses or dresses with an empire waist. Straight-cut tunic