Top 5: Dresses That Work for Every Shape

January 11, 2010 by Tara Trombetta
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Could there exist a single silver bullet dress for every body shape? Tube dresses, mini-skirts, drop waists, and satin dresses are not for everyone, but monochrome prints, empire waists, A-lines, circle skirts, and shift-style tunics are usually fair game for all. Although the one-size fits all theory seems anathema to the fashion commandments, there are five basic styles that nearly everyone can wear no matter your size. Plus, if you can muster the chart-stopping confidence of Gabby Sidibe, we guarantee you’ll look smashing in any one of these picks below:

1. The Wrap Kimono Dress

Wide arms are camouflaged under the generous sleeves of this Kimono Dress by Victoria’s Secret ($125), but the tie waist creates a curvy silhouette and the deep V-neck elongates the torso.

2. The One-Shoulder Dress

12th St One Shoulder Dress with Belt

It goes without saying that the decolletage is a universally beautiful part of a woman’s body. Perhaps that’s why season after season we see shoulder-bearing styles everywhere from holiday parties to the red carpet. They bear some skin, but unlike strapless styles, stay put without readjusting all night long. The 12th St. By Cynthia Vincent One Shoulder Dress with Belt ($299) has a flattering belt to highlight the waist and a looser fit for comfort.

3. The Structured Flare

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A hip- and thigh-skimming skirt hides a pear shape, balances a larger chest, adds curves if your figure is boyish, and conceals curves if you’ve got a lot. Plus, a monochrome color add length if you are short. That’s why this Adrianna Papell Strapless Laser Cut Satin Dress ($166) is a winner in our book.

4. The Empire Waist Tiered Dress

Caycee Tiered Dress

If you have a big tummy, wide hips, a big bum, or even a large bust, this style is the perfect cover that allows you to be forever comfortable. If you are petite or narrow hipped, this style adds volume where needed. Just be sure to choose a shorter hemline so as to not get overwhelmed in fabric. This Caycee Tiered Dress ($53) is a flattering and playful pick that can easily be worn from day to night.

5. The Embellished Neckline

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A sparkling neckline automatically grabs the viewer’s attention and highlights your beautiful face and hair. This ultra-simple, but positively elegant Laundry by Shelli Segal Beaded Horseshoe Collar Dress ($281) fits the bill.

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