How to chose a dress style by body type

How often such kind of situation happened to you: in the online store you find a photo with the dress of your dreams. It seems perfect to you in every way, and you are in a hurry to make an order. But when the courier brings the coveted package, and you try on a new outfit, it turns out that the dress does not suit you at all: it seems that the size is the same, the length is perfect and even the color is suitable for your color type, but still something is not right! You have to request a refund, and if the order was paid online, then wait for your money within a week. The mood is spoiled.

If you have experienced such disappointment at least once, then read our article to find out, how not to make a mistake with the choice of dress?

What types of dresses exist?

In order not to get confused with the styles, we will consider the main types of dresses at first. 

  • Shirtdress
 
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  • Babydoll Dress
 
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https://www.instagram.com/catoinamsterdam/
  • Dress with Basques
 
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https://www.instagram.com/sassyteacherchic/
  • Sheath Dress
 
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https://www.instagram.com/odry_shop_/
  • A-Line Dress
 
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https://www.instagram.com/must_have_belarus/
  • Wrap Dress
 
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https://www.instagram.com/wellhelloshop/
  • Balloon dress
 
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https://www.instagram.com/rishelie_style/
  • High waist dress
 
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https://www.instagram.com/modnarich.ua/
  • Trumpet dress
 
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https://www.instagram.com/your_new_look_kiev/
  • Shift Dress
 
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https://www.instagram.com/shiftdresses/

What types of shapes are there?

If in the store you can allow yourself to try on any model you like, then ordering a dress via the Internet will be more convenient to focus on your type of body: so you will have higher chances that the new outfit will suit you. Therefore, to begin with, decide what body type you have. There are 5 main types of shapes: triangle, inverted triangle, hourglass, rectangle and round.

  • Triangle

Representatives of this category have narrow shoulders and a small chest, but at the same time a well-defined waist, turning into wide hips. If you have a similar type of figure, it is best to choose dresses with voluminous sleeves that add volume to the shoulders and chest, but at the same time help visually narrow the line of the thigh. A trumpet dress is one of the most winning options for this type of figure. A-line dress will also help distract attention from the hips. With a small growth a baby-dollar dress will help to emphasize the legs.

 
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  • Inverted Triangle

Here everything is exactly the opposite: broad shoulders, a narrowing waist and narrow hips. Owners of this type of figure are recommended to choose dresses that visually narrow their shoulders, shifting the emphasis to the hips. A sheath dress will perfectly cope with this task, but a balloon dress will look no less advantageous. Also, owners of this type of figure chose shift dresses and shirtdresses, however, both of these options are not recommended with a lush bust, because in this case the desired effect will not be achieved, and attention will again shift to the upper body and shoulders.

 
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  • Hourglass

Approximately the same width of the shoulders and hips, a well-defined waist. Once this type of figure was considered the most ideal, but we have long moved away from outdated ideas about the only standard of beauty. Nevertheless, the lucky owners of such a figure are encouraged to emphasize their merits: waist and chest. The sheath dress that perfectly outlines the waist and fits the hips will perfectly cope with this mission. A baby-dollar dress will help shift attention to long legs. The trumpet dress will also emphasize the figure, but if you have a bigchest size, make sure that the dress does not make the figure heavier.

 
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  • Rectangle

The same width of the shoulders and hips, but the waist is not highlighted, so it should be emphasized, using the advantageous silhouette, outlining the difference between the shoulders and hips as much as possible. Choose dresses with a pronounced waist line: a wrap dress or a sheath dress. But it is better to avoid direct styles, such as a shift dress, shirt dress and a-line dress.

 
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  • Round

Narrow shoulders and hips, a protruding tummy and thin long legs are the hallmarks of the owners of this figure. If you consider yourself to be of this type, then most likely you will want to distract attention from the waist, but at the same time emphasize the length of the legs and slightly lengthen the silhouette itself. High-waisted dresses will help you with this, which, on the one hand, hide possible flaws, and on the other, visually stretch the silhouette. A wrap dress performes the same functions as a dress with a high waist, but at the same time emphasize the chest, so it will be no less advantageous. If you have small breasts, then a shirt dress can also be an excellent choice, but owners of a magnificent bust should still avoid this option.

 
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