Fashion: The Best Summer Dresses for YOUR Body Type

    A big part of shopping is not only looking for a good deal and something you like, but also finding what looks good on you. We’ve all suffered the fate of finding something that looks perfect on the hanger, trying it on and not being impressed with the final result. That’s because even if something looks awesome on the rack, it doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily love it on you.

    With shopping experience, we start to learn what looks good on our varying body types; that usually goes on to inform what we shop for and purchase. But no matter how difficult you think you are to shop for, there are great options for YOU and your body type out there!

    This week, we’re rounding up some of our favorite summer dresses, broken down by body type. While there are always exceptions and you should wear something you love, we think these are some great starting points!

    If you’re curvy…

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    Curvy, hourglass or pear shaped ladies often make the mistake of throwing on shapeless dresses thinking they’re masking “problem areas.” In reality, it’s always best to work with what you have instead of trying to work against it. Cinching is one of the best tools for this, whether you simply belt (at your true waist) a loose dress or choose something that has a tie, like the adorable Forever 21 ($33) dress pictured here. This button front dress is also perfect if you have a larger chest.

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    Don’t get us wrong, curvy girls can (and should!) sport fitted dresses if they feel comfortable in them. But when scouting out our favorite looks, we had to include this awesome tie-waist dress from the Gap ($35). It’s modest, it’s classic and we bet its totally comfortable. Also available in navy blue and royal blue. Let us count the ways we love it:

    • Cap sleeves with banded cuffs
    • Wide round neckline
    • On-seam side pockets
    • Self-tie belt at waist


    If you’re tall…

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    One of the best fashion benefits of being tall is the ability to easily pull off maxi dresses. This is a huge plus, especially since maxi dresses have been in major style for a few seasons now. You’ve got tons and tons of options to choose from, but we particularly love this animal print rayon dress from Forever 21 ($23).



    Another great option for tall gals is drop waist dresses. We really love this pick from the Gap ($35), which features a sweet butterfly print, ruffled skirt and (our favorite) pockets! It also comes in a polka dot print, if butterflies on a pink background is just a wee bit girly for your taste. It should also be noted that the Gap offers an entire section of “tall” options for dresses, jeans, etc., both online and in-store. Score!

    If you’re petite…

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    Tall gals often have trouble shopping for short dresses, since everything becomes instantly shorter the moment they put it on. This is one of the major advantages to being petite–a shorter hemline will often fall longer on you. If you’re shorter and also have a smaller chest, you’ll have even more options to choose from, like this colorful chiffon dress from Forever 21 ($23).

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    If you’re short but still curvy or working with a larger chest, you might want to consider something other than a spaghetti strap or super fitted top. This chevron dress from Forever 21 ($17) will give your top half room to breathe while still cinching a bit in your true waist. You might have heard the old tale that anyone who isn’t tiny shouldn’t wear stripes, but we’re not buying it–especially when it comes to adorable (and popular) chevron! Like the concept but want a more open neck or something other than chevron? We’re also digging this cotton striped look, also from Forever 21.

    Which of these dresses is your favorite? Is there another body type that we should be covering? What are your style tips for specific body types? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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    1. The dresses are all really pretty, but I think the hemlines on all of the shorter dresses are way too short! In my opinion the shortest a modest dress should be is just above the knee caps

    2. I have a big booty, i kinda dont like showing my waist too much because makes too intensified >_< the only tip i could give if other girls have the same is prints. Prints, decoration, can be a illusion. Even stripes going down helps too… so i try to find something that will help.

    3. I love those dresses! and they aren’t that short! the models modeling them are 5’11” and above so they look shorter on them but my mom, who is 5’2″ wears dresses like this and they hit her right at the kneecaps. (:

    4. All of these girls are so tiny..I am not, or will ever be that small (not that there’s anything wrong with any size.) Could you post some dresses for larger girls? I’m not plus size but I am definitely not those sizes. Thanks 🙂

    5. I really like the last dress. I am very, very small, skinny, and a bit curvy, and I like dresses that are fitted, but comfortable. I especially like the cinch at the waist. My favorite part is the way the top part is designed with the sleeves. The nice thing about being short is that most of the dresses on here, while immodest for the average 5’10” girl, are knee length for a 4’10” girl. Yes, I am actually that short!

    6. I’m only about 4’11” and a lot of dresses I try on that are supposed to be short are sometimes too long on me. It irritates me if the hemline goes below my knee, so most of my dresses I have to hem, even if it’s just a couple inches.

    7. All of these dresses are perfectly lovely! And I really like this post, by the way. I feel that all too often the media puts out the sort of clothing that looks good on one specific body type – skinny – and that is JUST NOT REALISTIC! Dress for your beautiful selves, ladies, and forget about expectations.

      • Skinnyis unrealistic? well that’s pretty rude AND hurtful. if I said something similar about overweight people I’d get attacked.

        BTW, the media hates skinny people. Look at how they bash ANYONE who is small, unless she’s got a big chest! They love fat women or skinny women with big breasts or butts.

    8. I love these dresses! I’m petite (only just 5 foot!) So any kind of shopping is difficult. I’m in love with my vintage 1950’s tea dress! It’s blue, with white spots and a pattern of apples and pears. I know this sounds weird, but I love it! It’s modest because it has a square neckline (which is very flattering on girls with smaller chests), a self tie waist so it can be easily adjusted and the length is perfect! On me, it sits just above my knee, so some taller girls might find it too short. Wooow I love my dress!

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