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Are you wondering about how to find the perfect dress for your body type?

Finding the best prom dresses that suit your body type is all about identifying your unique body shape, knowing flattering styles and avoiding the styles that are inappropriate.

The most common body types including petite, apple, pear, hourglass, slender and busty are discussed here.

  1. Petite

Characteristics of petite figure frame:

Petite is measured by stature instead of weight, so petite is not equal to slim.

The height of a petite girl is 5'3 (162cm) or under.

What we want to achieve when choosing a style:

Elongate your body

Elongate your legs

Add height

The best types of prom gowns for petite frames are:

  • Asymmetrical hemline

  • V-neckline

  • Monochromatic

  • Pleating

Prom dress shapes to avoid for petite ladies as these tend to create a shorter and wider appearance.

  • Boxy cuts

  • Shift dresses

  • Bateau / Boat-neck

  • Scoop neck

2. Apple

Characteristics of apple shaped frame:

  • A wide torso

  • Shoulders are broader than hips

  • The waistline is undefined

What we want to achieve when choosing a style:

  • Draw attention away from the waistline

  • Have the elongating effect

  • Draw attention to shoulders and legs

  • Create a more defined waistline

Prom dress styles for apple shape should draw attention away from the waistline and accentuate your shoulders, bust and legs.

Best types of prom dress for apple shape are:

  • Darker colours such as navy blue, black, grey and red

  • Floor-length

  • A-line

  • Low neckline

  • Styles that create a more defined waistline

Prom dresses to avoid for apple shaped body:

  • Avoid styles that make your torso look wider (e.g. too many details on the midsection)

  • Avoid off-the-shoulder and halter prom dresses that make your shoulders look broader

These styles of prom dresses will lead to either wider torso or broader shoulders.

3. Pear

Characteristics of pear body type:

  • Hips are broader than shoulders and bust

  • Your waist is well-defined- this is your strength

  • Your weight is gained in the lower parts (mainly thighs)

  • Your arms are slim and well-proportioned

Aim to achieve:

  • Attract people’s attention to the upper part

  • Accentuate your beautiful shoulders

  • Accentuate your well-defined waist

  • Elongate your legs

The best prom dress styles for pear shapes should be able to highlight your upper body.

Best types of prom dress for pear shaped body:

  • Off-the-shoulder

  • One shoulder

  • Ball gown

  • Empire waist

  • V-neck

Prom dresses to avoid for pear shaped body types:

  • Sheath dress

  • Mermaid dress

4. Hourglass

  • Shoulders and hip are roughly equally sized

  • Your waistline is well-defined

Aim to achieve:

  • Accentuate your waistline

  • Elongate your legs

Girls with hourglass figure should aim to highlight your waistline strength. Also, styles that elongate your legs.

Best types of prom dress for hourglass figure:

  • Fitted dresses

  • Wrap dresses

  • Belted waist dresses

  • V-neck

  • Open necklines

  • Sweetheart neckline

Prom gowns to avoid for hourglass figure:

  • Gowns with wide necklines that would cause the upper parts to look wider

  • High-waist gowns

  • Dresses with embellishments leading to added volume near the bust area

Styles that prevent your beautiful waistline from showing or widening your upper half should be avoided.

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