Best Formal Dresses for Your Body Type

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For every woman, there is formal dress to make you look and feel fabulous. Whether you want to accentuate your hourglass shape, curvy silhouette, or petite figure, you can find dress for your shape. Before you head to your next formal event, use these tips to determine which styles will highlight your natural body type, so you can feel confident and glamorous.

Formal Dresses for Every Body:

  1. Show off your curves: If you have an hourglass figure, which is a slim waist and fuller hips and shoulders, look for dresses that define and draw attention your waistline. A dress with a wide neckline, structured waist, and pencil skirt shows off your curves with just the right amount of emphasis. Wrap dresses create one of the best hourglass silhouettes, tightening around the waist and becoming fuller around the hips. Formal dresses that feature a belt or contrasting fabric around the waist will draw attention to your enviable waistline.

  2. Flatter your bust line: If you have a full bust and slimmer lower half, the best formal dress you can choose is one that has structure and support in the bodice. Straps should be thick enough to give lift and support to the bust line. An empire waist dress will put the focus on your best feature without overemphasizing. To balance out your body shape, an A-line dress that accentuates the waist and flows out at the hips provides proportion to your lower half.

  3. Create curves: For women who want to create curves, choose formal and prom dresses that give a sense of volume. To look curvier, look for a belted party dress or one with gathers or darts at the waistline. This will give definition to your lower body. Similarly, a wide boatneck gives the illusion of a fuller bust line and wider shoulders. An evening gown with vertical princess seams emphasizes the natural curves you have to make them look fuller and softer.

  4. Lengthen your legs: Short evening dresses in dark colors are ideal for women who want to lengthen their look. The contrast between the dark fabric and your legs will make the legs look longer. If you're not ready for a miniskirt, a hemline that hits just above the knee can still make your legs look long and lean. Showing leg and adding a heel are two simple ways to appear taller. A slim gown with a high waist can also create the illusion that your legs are longer than they are.

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