Finding A Dress to Fit Your Figure

I love finding the perfect dress, that hugs my body in all the right places (never in the wrong places) and is sure to make my confidence soar!  You too?  But let me guess, you have the most difficult time determining what style of dress will flatter your figure?  This episode will dig into the best styles of dresses for various body types.  I want everyone to look and feel their finest, and there is no reason to assume you can’t!

Each body is unique, each of us different from another, but there are some general body type guidelines that should be discussed. Generally, our “body type” will fit into a shape category, providing parameters for what styles one should gravitate towards. Let’s take a dive into body type descriptions.

Here is a breakdown of the 4 main body types that each of us may fall into.

  • Inverted Triangle: Your shoulders or busts are larger than your hips.
  • Rectangle: Your shoulders, busts and hips are all around the same size. Your waist is not well defined.
  • Triangle (or Pear): Your hips are wider than your shoulders….This is me!!
  • Hourglass: Your shoulders and hips are around the same size, and waist is defined.

Now that you know the general body shape categories, let’s take a peek at what dresses are going to be that Fabulous Fit for your Figure!

-Inverted Triangle- 

In order for feel glorious in your wardrobe, wear flowing flared dresses or any silhouettes with details. Wide strap halter style dresses are ideal. The goal is to find dresses that do not emphasize your shoulders, but rather balance out the lower half to the upper.



Look for semi-fitted styles. Create your own curves with dresses that have a nice shape on the bottom half. You want to define your waist by choosing styles and fabrics that fashion an illusion, allowing you to have that perfect waistline (without a corset!).


-Triangle (Pear)-

A-line styles are perfect!  When shopping for dresses, seek out structured materials. Flimsy fabric will not flatter that lower half, and do your derrière the justice it deserves!



Dresses with a defined waist, well fitted and follow your natural body line are desirable.  The goal is to balance out the lower body with the upper body.




Now that we know what to look for, let’s check out some examples for best fits, using our new-found knowledge!

Inverted Triangle

The empire style waist in combination with the wide straps, create the perfect balance to this dress. The romantic material is whimsical and breezy.


The neckline provides the perfect coverage to the upper body, while the flowing skirt of the dress drapes beautifully.

The gorgeous fabric layers bring balance to the lower half of the body, to create a very feminine feel.



This dress creates the waist of your dreams.  The belt blended with the layered fabric provides the desired silhouette of perfection.

Creating an optical illusion is amazing! The fabric is placed at strategic angles to make the midsection appear slimmer, instantly boosting your confidence.

The combination of the belt, fabric and cut will cinch in your waistline, allowing for curves in all the right places.



Triangle (Pear)

This figure flattering frock is the perfect piece to feature your waist, and provide forgiveness for the lower half.

The “Fit and Flare” style of the A-line dress will ensure you feel covered and completely pulled together.

The soft fabric and belted waist will drape effortlessly on the Triangle body type.



The cut of this dress is perfection for those with an Hourglass body type.  This style will be a hit in your wardrobe.

Want to be hugged in all the right places?  The material of this dress is figure flattering without feeling clingy.

Princess waist line on a sheath dress is ideal for the Hourglass figure, defining the midsection without adding bulky material.

Looking and feeling your best is easier than you think, if you are provided the information necessary to make the right wardrobe choices. I love sharing these tips with you, in hopes that you will gain the confidence needed to have fun in your closet.


All the Best,