What is the Perfect Prom Dress for Your Body Type?

Choosing the Perfect Prom Dress

High school prom season is right around the corner, and girls everywhere are starting their search for the perfect prom dress. From long to short, strapless to one-shoulder style, sequins to ruffles, there are lots of different styles of prom dresses to choose from. But how do you find the dress that is right for you?

One of the best ways to narrow down the type of dress in which you’ll look your prom-picture best is to know what style is best for your body type.
Finding the perfect prom dress for your body type

Pear shapes – If you have narrow shoulders, a small chest and waist but are curvier on the bottom through hips, buttocks, and thighs, then you are pear-shaped. Dresses that look best on this figure type are those that are more fitted on the top and have an A-line or fuller skirt.

Apple shapes – If you are fuller on top and tend to carry weight in your mid-section but have slim hips, legs, and a small behind, then you are what is referred to as apple-shaped. Prom dresses with an empire waist will help draw attention away from your middle. Also, a higher waistline means the prom dress may not be as tight in your problem area. If you have nice toned, athletic legs, show them off by choosing shorter prom dresses.

Slender, straight shape – If you have more of a slender, straight up and down shape, you’ll want a dress that will create the illusion of curves. Choose styles that draw attention to your bustline or a dress that bells out at the bottom. Or you might try a dress that draws attention to your waist such as a wrap dress or one with a belt.

Petite – If you are 5’2” or under, you’ll want a prom dress that will create a long line and make you appear taller, but floor-length ball gowns tend to overwhelm a small frame. Go for a shorter dress or one with an asymmetrical hemline. A longer, fitted solid-color prom dress can add the illusion of height as can long ruffles.

Hourglass shape – If you have an hourglass figure, consider yourself lucky! Since your body is well-proportioned, you don’t need to hide anything, and most styles of prom dresses will flatter your figure. If you have a fuller bust, just be sure to choose a dress that offers good support up top.

Whatever dress you chose for your special night, make sure you are comfortable in it. You don’t want to be tugging at a strapless dress all night if it does not fit you correctly or have to worry about a long train getting caught under your heels. Go for a pretty color with some interesting details in a style to fit your body shape, and you are sure to have a memorable prom night!