The Best Dress to Flatter Your Body Type — Now Wear It With Pride
Let's get one thing straight: your body type does not determine whether or not you can try out a new trend. There are different ways to interpret every style and 100+ silhouettes to choose from when it comes to the perfect wrap dress, the mini, or the midi. We're just here to tell you what to look for based on your height, your frame, and the assets you love to proudly flaunt when you step outside. Ahead, you'll be able to scoop up the one type of dress we recommend for your figure, but we shopped out plenty of variations so that you don't feel limited. Read the list to scan all of our selects, or jump ahead to the category you know is right for you.
If your figure is slim in the center and you aim to flatter your waist, shop for a shirtdress that allows you to cinch it with a belt. Voluminous sleeves will also draw attention to the waist area when your hands are down at your sides, so if you can handle a little more material or the bishop-sleeved trend, this is the cut for you.
Rhode Resort Laura Point-Collar Cotton Shirt Dress
Make a statement with your belt in this Rhode Resort Laura Point-Collar Cotton Shirt Dress ($311)
If you're right around 5' with fewer curves, getting artsy or playful about the pattern on your dress is key and oh-so-much fun, by the way. You should shop for a minidress with a busy, statement-making print and work a pair of fancy shoes or booties. Cinching your waist with a belt will work to define your torso and also rise a longer hemline if you feel like your dress flows an inch or two South of where it should. Showing extra leg will also help you appear taller, if that's what you're going for.
Urban Outfitters Amanda Surplice Belted Wrap Dress
Rock your checks loud and proud in the Urban Outfitters Amanda Surplice Belted Wrap Dress ($69).
Ted Baker Tunic Dress in Bay of Honor Stripe
You can toughen up the Ted Baker Tunic Dress in Bay of Honor Stripe ($236) by cinching your waist with a belt.
River Island Orange Stripe Ruched Bodycon Mini Dress
Wear the River Island Orange Stripe Ruched Bodycon Mini Dress ($52) with a pair of chunky gold hoops and sneakers.
If you've worked hard on your squats and your legs have definition, a mini blazer dress is for you. Not only is the look sophisticated, you can draw attention to your best feature with a pair of thigh-high boots, and you can always layer a pair of biker shorts or a slip underneath if you're not fully comfortable with the length.
Lucky for you, flowy midi dresses like this one are one of the trendiest shapes of the moment. A design with a slight V for a neckline allows you to get playful with cleavage and proudly show off your gorgeous figure. As for the cut of your skirt, search for something that does pull in a bit underneath your bust, but isn't so formfitting that you have trouble walking or feel like you're wearing a straining bustier. The aim for this outfit is light and airy.
Boohoo Spot Off Shoulder Wrap Midi Dress
The Boohoo Plus Spot Off Shoulder Wrap Midi Dress ($44) is superflattering.
Jonathan Simkhai Ruched Sleeve Satin Midi Dress
This Jonathan Simkhai Ruched Sleeve Satin Midi Dress ($795) might be the most flattering, romantic-feeling dress you've ever invested in.
If you have a small bust, you've got all the reason in the world to invest in a slinky slip of a dress best used for layering. In the cooler months, throw one over a turtleneck and complete with a textured blazer that you can pull in at the waist to create definition.
Tibi Pleated Sleeveless Dress with Removable Belt
This Tibi Pleated Sleeveless Dress with Removable Belt ($895) was practically made for your figure.
River Island Khaki Satin Cowl Neck Slip Dress
The River Island Khaki Satin Cowl Neck Slip Dress ($72) would look delightful styled over a white boyfriend shirt.
Les Rêveries Ruffled Silk Crepe de Chine Maxi Dress
The Les Rêveries Ruffled Silk Crepe de Chine Maxi Dress ($575) was practically made for throwing over your favorite hoodie.
If you've got a rounder shape, asymmetrical hemlines and subtle slits should be the name of your game. Opt for something breezy with buttons — something you can manipulate by showing a slip of leg when you're in a strappy sandal or work with a tighter fitting long sleeve underneath.
Danielle Brooks x Universal Standard The Danielle Shirt Dress
The pleated slit on the Danielle Brooks x Universal Standard The Danielle Shirt Dress ($110) does all the talking.
River Island Nude Pink Satin Tie Waist Dress
Your skin will be perfectly glowing in the River Island Nude Pink Satin Tie Waist Dress ($100).
Zero + Maria Cornejo Beetle Kibibi Print Dress
Try this Zero + Maria Cornejo Beetle Kibibi Print Dress ($1,086) over contrast printed pants.
If you're curvy with a small waist, draw attention to your center with a buttoned bodice, and opt for an A-line skirt with pleating, which will flatter your midsection even more as it fans out around you. Poufy sleeves or something with frills is a ladylike, modest touch.
Self-Portrait Lace Shoulder Cutout Midi Dress
Don't let the superfrill on this Self-Portrait Lace Shoulder Cutout Midi Dress ($490) scare you away; you'll look and feel great in it.
ML Monique Lhuillier Candy Ruffle Polkadot Dress
This rainbow ML Monique Lhuillier Candy Ruffle Polkadot Dress ($495) is so perfectly playful.