Choosing The Right Prom Dress For Your Body Shape

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Every girl wants to look her absolute best at the Prom. You can't do that without nailing the most important piece of clothing: the dress. Let’s talk about how you can find gorgeous prom dresses for your body type

Dresses for an Hourglass Figure

This is the classic figure that many dress models have. If you have an hourglass figure that means you have a narrow waist, with big hips and a large bust. Those with this body type should opt for a dress that wraps around to really bring out their narrow waist. Or, you can choose a V neck fitted gown. If you want something a bit more classic, maybe try a frock in a 1950s style. Basically, anything which shows off your narrow waist and beautiful, rounded hips will look great on you. 

Dresses for a Pear Shaped Figure

A pear shaped body has hips wider than the bust with a defined waist. Like with an hourglass figure, you want to focus the attention on your hips and narrow waist. You also need to broaden your upper body to give a sense of balance to your overall shape. You can choose a dress that has a bigger and more decorative look on the upper body, perhaps with ruffles or floral detail. An off-the-shoulder neckline is an alternative choice if you don't want to go for anything too extravagant on the body. And make sure to get a nipped in waist. 

Dresses for a Wedge Shaped Figure

A wedge shaped body is like a pear, but the other way up. That is, if you have a wedge shaped figure then you have a full bust, usually wider than your hips. The trick with this body shape is to find a dress that adds weight to the bottom half to help balance out the top. Look for dresses that have a full, wide skirt with a narrow waist. Don't go for anything that's too loose, or it will only emphasise the top half of your body even more. 1950s style dresses will look good on you. If you want a very classic look, you may even want to try adding a petticoat to give an extra bit of volume to the bottom half. 

Dresses for an Apple Shaped Figure

An apple shaped body is rounded, with wide shoulders and hips. A dress with a a-line or a ball gown style skirt are what you should be thinking about for this body type. If you have slim legs, you might want to go for a shorter skirt to show them off and draw the eye away from the centre of your figure. The fuller the skirt, the more it will balance out your wide shoulders. Avoid anything that will emphasise your upper body, such as an extravagant bodice. 

Dresses for a Petite Figure

Petite girls are small in stature, and ideally need a dress that will give the illusion of more height. One way to do this is by showing off your legs, either with a shorter skirt or with an asymmetric cut that flashes part of your legs. Vertical patterns can help your body seem longer. Gowns that reach all the way to the floor should generally be avoided, although pairing one with some sky-high heels can work. Stuck for ideas? Check out these prom inspo boards on Pinterest.

Dresses for an Athletic Figure

An athletic body is tall, and narrow all the way up. If your figure is like this, you need a dress that will give the illusion of a more varied shape. Asymmetric necklines work well. It is also worth investing in accessories like belts and big pieces of statement jewellery. Do whatever you can to add shape. 

You Can Be The Belle of the Ball

Whatever your body shape, you'll be able to find a beautiful dress to suit your figure. Just follow the advice here, and you'll be looking your radiant best all night long.

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