The world has gone online. Today you can find whatever you want – from clothes, to food, to diapers – online. It is all available at the click of a button, if you have the money that is :P Shopping online for clothes is convenient and you have an almost never ending variety to choose from. It, however, has a tiny downfall too. Sometimes we just don't understand how a certain dress would look on us, or, is it even meant for our body type. In such cases we'd rather not purchase than regret it later. We at The Brunette Diaries have faced this problem so many times, and know a lot of other women face it too. So for them and for you, we have devised a guide to different types of dresses and what body type they will best suit. So read on and shop on!
A mini dress is typically a dress which has its hemline 4 inches above the knee. It can be loose fitted, bottom flared or tight.
A mini dress works wonders on petite women as the short length accentuates their legs giving them an illusion of height. If you are heavy bottomed, then give this dress a miss.
A midi dress is a dress that is mid-calf length. Hence, the term ‘midi'.
This dress too comes in a number of fittings. If your body is hourglass-shaped then opt for a midi dress with a belt, which accentuates your slender waist. If you have a pear-shaped body then go for an ‘A' line midi instead which fits at the top and flows at the bottom.
This type of dress has a fitted bodice that ends just below the bust line, which gives the wearer a high waisted appearance. From where the bodice ends, a gathered lower part that is loose begins. Nowadays you'll find that this dress comes in various lengths.
Because of the lifted waistline it looks beautiful on people with a non-defined smaller waist. Also, shorter women can look taller in this dress because of its lifted waistline. And if you have a flabby stomach this type of dress will hide it away.
This dress is designed to fit closely to your body. It is usually slightly above the knee but not too short. A classic sheath dress can look very elegant when worn well.
A sheath dress can be worn by women of various body shapes. For an hourglass figure, try and find a dress that draws attention to your waist. For pear shapes, go for a dress with a straight bottom, and avoid the tapered ones.
A body conscious or bodycon dress is an extremely tight fitting dress. It usually has stretch materials like spandex blended into the fabric.
Make sure you are extremely proud of your body shape if you decide to wear a bodycon. If you have cellulite here and there or are bony, then we would suggest you stay clear from this style.
A peplum dress is one where there is a piece of short ruffled and flared fabric around the waist, which gives the dress a tutu-like appearance.
Surprisingly, peplum dresses help balancing the body shape of women who have narrow shoulders and a heavy bottom while they also make a tall slender woman look curvy and fabulous.
As the name suggests, this dress needs to be wrapped around your body. You have to wrap one side over the other and fasten it with the ties on the dress itself.
This dress creates a deep ‘V' neck. So if you are busty and want to avoid too much exposure of your "girls", then don't even think of this dress. Other than that the dress works well on most body shapes. Just keep in mind, it doesn't hide any flaws; it shows your body the way it is.
Also read: How To Dress To Hide Your Flaws
This one is a wonder dress. This dress is either floor length or ankle length, and looks fab on all body types.
Heavy bottomed ladies go for a loose dress that perfectly hides those thunder thighs and big backside. If you have gorgeous legs that you want to show off, then go for a maxi with a long slit across the side. Heavy-busted girls, opt for a maxi with a bodice that will frame your figure beautifully. Ladies with an hourglass figure, go for a dress that cinches around your waist defining it. And lastly, if you want to show off your curves, go for a maxi that gives you a bodycon fit.
We truly hope that our guide to different types of dresses helps you choose better the next time you decide to shop online. If you have any queries do let us know in the comments below :)