How to Dress To Flatter Your Figure

Have you ever seen the most desirable and gorgeous dress and know that you simply have to have it? Then you think, guess I ought to try it on, just to make sure it fits, and then you realise it looks absolutely awful on you and better on your best mate – who incidently hates it? If this happens to you a lot, it is possible that you are not dressing in clothes that flatter your figure properly and could do with some tips. Well rest assured as you’ve come to the right place. We’ve sorted out the basic body shapes so that you can decide which one you are, and then we tell you what kind of clothes suit this shape. So before you go off shopping next time, you’ll know exactly what style of dresses you should be looking for!

Pear Shaped

If you tend to spread out towards your hips and bottom, then try something that skims your bottom half without clinging. This spring’s tea dresses provide a full skirt that will flow over your lower half, or go for dresses that flow from the bust and skim over your hips. This tea dress from George at Asda is perfect.

Floral Print Shirt Dress – £14.99

Floral print shirt dress featuring a button fastening placket, bold collar and placket trims, an elasticated waist, ¾ length sleeves and complete with patent skinny waist belt. Dress Length: 94cm/37 inches approx. Care instructions: Machine Washable. Fabric composition: 100% Viscose.

Petite & Compact

Don’t go for long hems and lots of fringe as they can leave you swimming in fabric. While mini, bodycon dresses may be a challenge for some women, you’ve totally got the bod to go for it. Check out this gorgeous bodycon dress by Lipsy.

Lipsy Mirrored Floral Ripple Bodycon Dress – £42.00

Turn heads at any celeb party in this stunning bodycon, the gorgeous print and slimline fit create a sexy silhouette. Wearing length 88 cm. Buy from lipsy.co.uk.

Boyish — You have the perfect body for test driving one retro trend that we’re currently obsessing: drop-waists. Tap into your inner flapper with a dress that will hang on your frame just perfectly. Just like this one from Topshop.

Floral Print Dress by Maarten Van Der Hors – £120.00

Button down floral printed silk dress by Maarten Van der Horst for Topshop. 100% Silk. Dry Clean Only. Buy from topshop.com

Hourglass — If you have an hour glass figure you’ll be the envy of all ladies and all the guys will want you! Enhance your figure by choosing a dress with a v neck to show off your cleavage, a sinched in waist and a voluptuous skirt, rather like this one from Miss Selfridge.

Miss Selfridge Pleat Bodice Cut Out Dress – £50.00

Nude pleated bodice prom dress with cut out at front waist. 100% Polyester. Machine washable. Buy from missselfridge.com.

The Apple — For those of us who carry most our weight at the very center of the body, a dress with a colour blocking top that pulls you in slightly at the middle is a great buy. Like this fabulous dress from George at Asda.

Colour Block Dress – was £16.00 now £9.50

Colour block, formal dress featuring a concealed zip through fastening to the back. Dress Length: 91cm/36inches approx. Care instructions: Machine Washable, Can be tumble dried. Fabric composition: 100% Polyester.

Small Chested — Add some pleats and ruffles around the bust area to help to create some volume. Pile them on as you see fit in your choice of super-feminine spring dresses. See this dress for inspiration.

Coral Fringe Dress – £28.00

Coral dress with fringe detailing to neckline. 100% Viscose. Machine washable. Buy from missselfridge.com.

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