Showing off your waist is the key to playing up your curves. Embrace a formfitting style but keep in mind that your dress should hug your hips, not your entire lower half. A biased-cut dress offers a sleek silhouette that skims the body in all the right places and accentuates your waist.
Don’t be afraid to show some skin. If you’re also small on top, a corset style dress is a great way to create the illusion of a bust. Avoid busy patterns or extra layers, which will only weigh you down.
Ruffles are a great way to add volume and a little femininity to a stick-straight shape. Because you’re petite up top you can also experiment with sexier, low cut options that emphasize cleavage. Remember to always define the waist so you can break up your long frame.
When you’ve got height you can experiment a little more with prints that a petite woman simply can’t pull off. Be mindful of length, because at a certain point a short hemline stops looking sophisticated.
How to Look Good This Spring: Best Dresses for Your Body Type
We’ve all fallen in love with a dress on another woman only to find it doesn’t look half as good when we put it on ourselves. When it comes to our bodies, it’s often a grass is greener situation.
Dress shopping doesn’t have to be a constant fight against nature. The key is finding styles that flatter your figure-–but are still in line with your fashion taste. Cue our style guide to cute spring dresses for your body type. From petite to pear-shaped, boyish to curvy, we tackle the most common shapes and offer tips on how to play up your strengths.
Wondering how to look good this spring? Finding your perfect dress just got easier. Click through to shop the best styles for your shape. —Megan Hayes (@_mshayes)