We’ve all been through this predicament. We go into a shop, find a gorgeous dress that speaks to our soul and we head excitedly to the dressing room to try it on. Unfortunately, you can’t say yes to the dress because it made you look less than amazing and confident. Why? Most of the time it boils down to the silhouette and cut — given that the most flattering sort differs for each body type.
Below, a comprehensive guide.
Identifying your body type:
Apple: The opposite of an hourglass where your waist is wider than your shoulders and hips.
Pear: Similar to a triangle, pear body types have fuller and wider hips and butt which contrast against less broad shoulders.
Inverted triangle: People with this body type have wider shoulders that taper to narrower hips and waist.
Rectangle: Rectangular body types have similar widths from shoulders to waist and there’re no defined curves and waistline.
Hourglass: You have a curvy body with a fuller bust, hip and thighs while your waist has a smaller circumference. You have the “ideal” body shape that suits most, if not all, dress types.
Now that’s out of the way, let’s look at the different types of dress silhouettes.
What it is: An A-line dress is fitted at your natural waist and then flares out.
Who it’s best for: A-line dresses are great for all body types. For apple, rectangle and inverted triangle body types, the cinch helps accentuate the waistline, while the flare further de-emphasises the bottom-heavy look of a pear shape to help create the hourglass illusion.
This prim emerald-hued number will ensure you look sharp, elegant and professional at work. Finish the power dressing look with gold bangles and nude pumps.
This off-shoulder piece is great for an inverted triangle body type as it distorts the shoulder line and makes it look less broad. Plus, the asymmetric quality at the hem acts like a dress slit and lengthens your gams. Match with your favourite stilettos to accentuate your legs.
Celebrate the yearlong summer weather in Singapore with this retro floral number. To modernise the look, try adding a chunky statement belt to cinch the waist further and slip into your black pumps.
Unlike your regular LBD, this tulle-trimmed number features a pleated design which doesn’t need much ironing, making it the perfect dress for days you overslept. Rock a leather jacket and studded leather heels for that badass, grungy rocker chick aesthetic.
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