Ever wonder about different dress cuts and what they mean? Or more importantly, how they would look on you…
Most women have a dominant body shape that’s either: straight, apple, pear or hour-glass.
With that in mind, what is the right dress-cut style that is best for you body type? We identified 4 common dress types and made a proper body type analysis on each of them:
The Halter Cut
One of the most popular style of dresses, as the cut flatters almost any body type. However the belief is that this cut is most ideal for women with the tube / straight or hourglass-shaped bodies. For tube-shaped bodies, the dress helps create a more curvier appearance. The “v”-neck shape accentuates the bust, which gives the waist a trimmer appearance. For hour-glasses shapes, the dress is a perfect choice of cut if you want to further emphasize your curves.
The Empire Waist
A very cute dress cut that seems to be popular amongst younger generations. The seam of the dress sits above the waist, just under the bust. This style is called an “emperor” dress due to it’s first appearance in the 1800’s. Women who wear dresses with an emperor cut risk the chance of having their bodies appear “unbalanced”. Thus the emperor dress is best suited for women that appear more “top-heavy” (ie. have a large bust or broad shoulders). It is not recommended for women who describe themselves as more “bottom-heavy” (ie. have an apple or pear shape), as the dress tends to highlight the middle / waist.
The strapless or tube style dress is perfect for those who want to show off their shoulders. The strapless dress is best worn by women with an hour-glass shape, as it smooths out curves and gives creates a harmonious appearance to the body. Additionally, women with a straight or elongated shape can further emphasize a slimmer appearance with this dress. One other mention about strapless dresses is that they tend to emphasize your shoulders…another feature to show off!
Love this! The eye-catching, side-shoulder dress is a trendy alternative to the strapless dress. In comparison to the strapless dress, the side-shoulder dress also shows off the shoulders but creates a sort of “balance” to the body. The side-shoulder style dress is best recommended for women with an apple or pear shape, as most of the attention is dress toward the shoulders and bust. A definite favorite of ours!
We hoped to have given you a better picture of how certain dress styles may look according to your body type. Our analysis is in no way a “rule book” to what you should wear, but rather a reference when see something you love. Your style is all your own and when it comes down to it, no one but yourself knows what looks best on YOU!