A good cocktail dress is sure to accentuate your body. It’s a must-have for all girls, to create a formal or a semi-formal look. But the real problem here is that it is difficult to find a dress that fits perfectly around all your curves. You’ll either have to get it altered or do a DIY yourself at home. But this hassle can be easily avoided if you know what type of dress to pick according to your body shape! Wondering how to do that? Well, read on to know about it…
Determining Your Body Shape
First, measure yourself at your shoulders, bust, waist, and hips. You’ll use these numbers to figure out your body type. Here’s how it breaks down.
- If your shoulders and bust are wider than your hips, you have an inverted triangle shape.
- If your shoulders, bust, and hips are within of one another, you have a rectangle shape.
- If your waist is smaller than your shoulders, bust, and hips, you have an hourglass shape.
- If your shoulders, bust, and waist are all smaller than your hips, you have a pear shape.
- If your shoulders are wider than your hips, you have a large bust and your waist is not well-defined, you may have an apple shape.
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1. Inverted Triangle Body Shape
If you have an inverted triangle-shaped body, you’re probably dealing with a larger bust, broad shoulders, and a narrow waist, hips, and slender legs. To balance these proportions out, you must add volume near your waist or streamline your shoulders. You can add volume to the waist with detailing such as pleats or a flowing skirt. To make your shoulders appear narrower, choose a sweetheart neckline, spaghetti straps or cap sleeves!
2. Rectangular Body Shape
Your rectangular-shaped body is more like athletic, slender type. This shape lends to thin legs, narrow hips, narrow shoulders, and a small bust which means you don’t have a lot of curves.Flattering styles for you are the dresses that add the illusion of curves. Try an empire waistline, which makes your top half and bottom half look shapelier!
3. Hourglass Body Shape
The hourglass shape is the most balanced body for a woman. You have average-to-larger bust and hips, paired with a small waist.With this body type, you don’t really have a feature to hide as much as you just want to flaunt what you’ve got. Bodycon and bandage dresses are your best friends. Consider a belt too, which will further accentuate your tiny waist.
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4. Pear Body Shaped
A pear-shaped body carries weight in the lower half. You can balance that out by drawing attention to your slender shoulders and collarbones.To do this, look for designs such as halter tops or sleeveless or strapless dresses! You can also use a plunging neckline and a statement necklace.A second option is to accentuate your waist with a cinched dress or belt.
5. Apple Body Shaped
Apple shapes are most flattered by pieces that elongate the torso, add definition to the waist and draw attention to your legs. Achieve that balance with wrap-style dresses and knee-length, A-line skirts. You’ll also love structured tops, like a cropped blazer!