October and November are filled with weddings! Now is a great time to figure out what you're wearing, so pull out your schedule and let's find the right dress for you! I've broken down the most flattering looks based on the most common body types. Here we go!
First and foremost, pick a shade that is seasonally appropriate and compliments your skin tone and your hair. I am a sucker for black dresses because you can accessorize them with shoes, a bag, and jewelry to change the look!
Pear (hips are the widest)
The goal for a pear shape is to give your upper body more width in order to balance out your hips. A-line, shifts, and fit & flares are your friend. You want to show off that tiny waist and create a gradual line towards your knees. Draw attention upward and widen your shoulders with a v-neck, boat neck, or off-the-shoulder. Find something with a super fun sleeve, but shoot for a one that widens from the shoulder!
Inverted Triangle (shoulders are the widest)
Broad shoulders are beautiful. They are perfectly complimented with a halter neckline, halter turtleneck, or cold-shoulders-something that will not compete with them. We need to build on your hip width to balance out your shape. Choose a frock that cinches at the waist and has an a-line, shift or a fit & flare skirt. Again, a dress that will give your hips some shape to balance out the wideness of your shoulders.
Athletic shapes have a super fit physique. Some women in this category want to show off the shape they've worked so hard for, and some are more modest. The most flattering way to dress an athletic shape is to add softness without going too girly. My suggestion is either a form fitting dress with a feminine touch like a statement sleeve, or a softer dress that has more coverage, but drapes nicely against you. Keep in mind, you do not have to show skin in order to show your shape. I promise!
Curvy Hourglass (slim waist, wider hips and chest)
Two words - Rock it! Cinching your waist is paramount. A wrap dress with an a-line or a fit & flare skirt is a great option. V-neck is the way to go, as it will draw attention to your waist. A small kick flare at the bottom or an a-line skirt adds balance! Finally, swing dresses and empire waists are a no no. Sure, they are comfy, but they drape from your chest and make you look big. Avoid strapless-you'll be adjusting all night! Oh, and please remember to own wear your curves with confidence, lady!!!
Very few women have this shape, so if you're proportional then show it off! Fitted dresses are your friend. A dress that highlights a slender waistline and a proportional figure is the way to go. If you're more modest and you don't want to sacrifice showing any skin then take the neckline up. Turtlenecks are sexy. You can pull off a solid shade, a pattern, or a print.
Petite means proportionately smaller, so if you're packing a bigger chest on top of your tiny frame it can be a challenge. In this case a v-neck is your best friend because it helps create a waist. Go with a shift or an a-line because they contribute to creating an hour glass. Big patterns drown you, so please keep the print small. Choose a fun color! Oh, and I love statement sleeves on petites!
With a smaller chest reach for a high neck, mock neck, boat neck, or a crew neck. We are trying to make your chest look bigger, which will give your tiny frame more balance. Try for a fitted dress, or a fit & flare!
Regardless, buy petite sizes. Otherwise you'll have oversized arm holes and your bra straps will show. The standard rule of thumb is to keep the length above your knee, but I have seen lots of open-front, asymmetrical dresses on petites that look fabulous! Have fun, peanuts!
Long & Lean ( no curves and a bit of height )
This body type looks beautiful in a number of necklines, but my favorites are boatneck, turtleneck, deep v-neck, or straight across. You can wear any silhouette because your body is a hanger!!!! The long & lean body type also works really well with midi lengths because women with this body type typically have (at least) a little bit of height. Go for fun textures like velvet or delicate fabrics like silk. Both lay really nicely on you!