The little black dress is a girl’s best friend. It’s the one thing that can always make your guy’s jaw drop, yet at the same time, it’s your go-to outfit for doing anything from clubbing to malling. Before picking one out, though, there are a few things to consider. For example, there’s the length of the dress; would you be comfortable with one that falls mid-thigh or would you want one longer? Also, think about the neckline. If you have a round face, a v-neckline will work for you. Round and square necklines are universally flattering. Moreover, you have to think about the cut and form of the dress. Starting to feel a little lost? Don’t worry—just keep reading! We give you tips on finding a dress that flatters your body type.
Body Profile: Inverted Triangle
Strong broad shoulders or too big busts are the problem of those with a strawberry shape. Smooth out your top half with a peplum skirt. Also try dresses with details on the bottom.
Boat necklines are a no-no. Opt instead for low necklines, like a scoop or v-neckline, which displays your decolletage.
Body Profile: Triangular
Accentuate your curves with a pencil-cut hemline; however, don’t forget to also put emphasis on your upper half. Do this with dresses that have rich details on the top part.
If you want to conceal that rear, then best go with an A-line hem, as its bell-like appearance will draw attention away from your bottom and accentuate your waist. Try one with an off-shoulder design to balance out your lower half.
Body Profile: Circular
Best to divert the attention from your problem area with a shift dress, as its design flows away from your midsection. Go for dresses with high hemlines to show off your shapely legs (which most apple-shaped women possess).
Another technique to try is to draw the eyes up to that pretty face with details on the neckline.
Body Profile: Rectangular / Boxy
Boyish or athletic in form? Bustiers give you the boost for your top. In case of the absence of one, don’t be afraid to try low necklines. Go for peplum dresses as well as these give form to your bottom half.
For some DIY curves, go for a LBD with side cut-outs. The arrows, lines which point inwards, create the illusion of a smaller waist, especially in proportion to your bust and hips.
Body Profile: Hourglass
Lucky you, as you own the shape many women aim for. To highlight your curvy figure, go for details—such as a belt or a mesh panel—at the midsection. A pencil cut dress will add more shape and emphasize those curves of yours.
You can also try a wrap dress; its v-neckline will look good for your bust area, while the wrap detail of the belt spotlights your curves.
So arm yourself and keep your closet at the ready with the perfect LBD, but don’t forget the other details—accessories, shoes, bags, and makeup—as you finish off that sexy look.
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Ana Valenzuela graduated with a degree in AB Literature from UST. She has written for several media outlets. She is currently taking her Master's from UP.