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Shopping for a one-piece item like a dress is one of the easiest ways to learn how to dress for your body shape. As evening dresses come in so many shapes and styles, when you try a range of them on in the changing room you’ll soon notice which suit you and enhance your figure and which draw attention to your weak spots. It’s a good idea to head to a larger department store like House of Fraser where you can try on a wider selection of evening dresses to get a better idea of your shape.
Before you head to the high street shops it helps to figure out which body type you are first by standing in front of the mirror and being honest about what you see. Once you’ve identified which body type you are, shopping for your ideal evening dress will be simpler, quicker and a lot more fun too! Use our easy to follow guide to determine your shape and learn how to enhance your figure with our top style tips.
If you have a larger bust, rounded waist and slimmer hips, you are an apple shape. Look for evening dresses in an A-line cut, as the added width along the bottom hem of the dress will create the impression of a slimmer, more defined waist. Wrap dresses are ideal for apple shapes as these usually feature a tie, which you can tie at the side, drawing attention to your waist and away from the stomach area.
If you have slimmer shoulders, a smaller bust, and are wider at the hips then you are a pear shape. This is one of the most common body types. Again a wrap style dress is ideal for pear shapes as they skim over the wider hip area and accentuate the waist. Make the most of your slimmer shoulders and show them off with spaghetti strap dresses, or choose a dress with a low V-neck to draw attention to your upper body, away from your larger hips.
If you are slender from head to toe and lack curves around your bust and hips then you are a slim shape. Look for dresses that accentuate your waistline and create the illusion of curves, such as belted dresses, or add a waist-cinching belt of your own. Another great option for creating a curvier looking figure is to look for dresses that feature feminine frill detailing, contrasting lace, pleating or ruffles, but avoid larger bold prints as these can swamp smaller frames.