The Perfect Dress For Your Body Type

Curvy, boyish, slender or petite, you might be wondering which evening dresses flatter my shape?

Clothes that are too tight inhibit your most charming moves, and those too roomy hide your coveted assets. Let’s check body types and corresponding silhouettes you can create through the Social Order online design platform and the AW16 collection!



Bottom-heavy seems to be in, popularised by Kim Kardashian, Eva Mendes, Jennifer Lopez and many more ultra-feminine stars. Balance with your narrower torso comes when you add some volume or texture there. Your ideal choices are off-the-shoulder fit-and-flare dresses and, generally speaking, dresses with wider hems. Put darker colours at the bottom to minimise your hips and use boat, cowl, or square necklines as points of distraction and seduction. Further enhance your bust with push-up bras and corseted structures as well as structured outerwear.


This silhouette, also called inverted triangle, is the exact opposite of the previous type and it means broad shoulders and narrower hips with a less well-defined waistline. Girls such as Naomi Campbell, Demi Moore and Renee Zellweger need to volumise the lower parts of their athletic figure with colourful bottoms, full skirts, and high-waist silhouettes. To soften their shoulders, they choose linear necklines such as boat, scoop and asymmetric ones. Frills and bold prints at the bottom are a must!


You are wider and rounder around your waist and bust line and have relatively narrower hips, so your waist needs definition with a belt and your legs need to be shown off. Wear a shorter dress with a revealing neckline to direct attention to your best parts and elongate your silhouette. Opt for V-necks, ‘Queen Anne’ necks, and halter straps, flowy hems, long sleeves and A-line minis. Monochromes will do justice to you, as well as subtle and small prints. Try also empire waistlines and avoid chunky necklaces.


You’ve got the most desirable silhouette, the one rocked by Beyonce, Salma Hayek and Scarlett Johansson! It means that your hip almost equals your bust line and your waist is tiny. For the evening, strategically show some skin (décolleté or thigh-high slit) or choose a bias-cut gown which hugs the hips and flares underneath. For daytime, invest on A-line bodycon dresses. Your best style should be fitted at the top and not-that-much-flared at the bottom. Solids and dark hues flatter you, as well as dresses with wraps and gatherings.

As a rule of thumb, you should only adopt outfits that you feel comfortable and confident in. Fit is everything!

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