Once the temps start rising, dresses are ideal. They’re pretty, they’re way cooler than pants and they require very little thought, since there’s no top-to-bottom matching required. But finding one that best complements your particular frame is a tiny bit tricky. Here’s how to choose the style that flatters your body the most.
IF YOU’RE PEAR-SHAPED…TRY A FULL-SKIRTED DRESS
Two things you want to do here: highlight your best assets while still feeling breezy and carefree. But if you have heavier hips, a lot of straight-cut summer dresses are likely your worst nightmare. Instead, opt for a dress with some structure–specifically a fitted bodice, a nipped waist and a flared skirt.
IF YOU’RE APPLE-SHAPED…TRY A TUNIC DRESS
Well, isn’t this the summer dress of our dreams? Look for something that drapes your figure without hugging your midsection too closely, but don’t settle for just a shapeless sack dress. Try to find one that shows off you legs!
IF YOU’RE BOYISH…TRY A BELTED SHIRTDRESS
If you’re looking to add curves to a straighter shape, opt for something that can be easily accessorized to define your waist. The perfect piece: a crisp shirtdress that you can cinch with a thin belt. It creates the illusion of an hourglass.
IF YOU’RE PETITE…TRY A MINI SHIFT DRESS
The key to flattering a slight figure is not drowning it in fabric. Choose a dress with a shorter hemline that will give the illusion of much longer legs. But since it’s short, be sure to steer clear of anything super tight, lest you want to look like you’re heading to the club circa 2002. A structured mod shift should do.