I talk so much about dressing your body type, but which pieces actually work best for you and your body? Here are some summer dresses that are best for the five most common body types.
Summer dresses for every body type
One of my biggest goals with this blog and everything I do on Instagram is to help you feel more confident in the way you dress your body. I want you to have a closet with clothes that bring you joy and make you feel confident and beautiful!
The best way to do this is to learn your body type and then choose clothing that works best with your body type.
Today I’m covering the most common five body shapes (I recognize there are lots of variations within each of these types!), and sharing two summer dresses that would be perfect for your body type.
This is the most important thing to look for in a dress
The most important thing to remember when choosing a good summer dress is the fabric! A thin, stretchy material will cling to your body and accentuate any lump or bump in an unflattering way. Choose fabric with structure or flowiness that will breeze over your body or smooth it. Printed fabrics are also much better options as they don’t accentuate any clinginess (light colored solids are the worst for this).
Now let’s talk about those dresses and body types…
Rectangle body shape
If you have a straight ribcage, waist, and hips with little variation between the three, you probably have a rectangle body shape. You might feel like you have no waist at all. In this case, we want to create a waistline through belting or other waistline details. Also, v-neck and square necklines will help show a little skin and create a bit more femininity to your shape.
Here are two dress options for summer that would be perfect for your body type!
Triangle body type
This body type is also often called “pear shape.” It just means your hips circumference is larger than your bust circumference. You may carry weight in your lower stomach too. For this body type, flowy skirts in an A-line shape will be uber flattering. But you also need to balance the top and the bottom, so structured shoulders, or sleeve and shoulder details, will draw attention up to your top half and help create better proportions between your upper and lower halves.
Here are two dress options for summer that are perfect for your body type
Hourglass body shape
With this body type, the circumference of your bust and your hips will be very similar, with a significantly smaller waist circumference in between. This body type is the most balanced, so most styles of dresses will work here. The only one I wouldn’t really recommend is an empire waist, especially if you’re large busted, since it will give you a top-heavy look.
Here are two summer dresses that would work really well with your body type.
Inverted Triangle body shape
With this body type, your shoulders are a wider circumference than your hips. Typically you’ll have straight hips. This is sometimes called a “swimmer’s body.” Just like the triangle body type, you want to create some balance so you don’t feel top heavy. V-necklines are a great option, but definitely stay away from boatneck tops and dresses. Also a wider skirt, like A-line, is a great option to balance out a broader top half.
Here are some summer dresses that would be great for your body type.
Oval body shape
An oval body type is also called “round” or “apple,” and is similar to rectangle where the circumference of your waist, bust, and hips are similar. But the difference of an oval shape is that typically the core of the body is where all your weight is carried, while your legs and arms are more slender by comparison. With this kind of body type, dresses that have a cinched waist that hit you at your narrowest point (typically right below your bust) will be the most flattering. Also anything that shows off your neckline, like a deep V or a square neck, will be uber flattering. This post has lots more help for dressing this body type.
Here are summer dresses that will work great with an oval shaped body type:
I created a whole line of dresses that are casual, flattering and comfortable. Definitely check those out too at the Merrick White Collection.
I’ll be doing an episode of Get Dressed With Merrick over on Instagram today — make sure you’re following along and don’t miss it!
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