Fit and Flatter Tips
Dressing up for a special occasion?
The expert fashion stylists at Sydney's Closet can help you find the right dress design for your body type. We've steered thousands of teens and women to the dress of their dreams.
Just follows these easy Fit and Flatter tips and you'll know for sure which style dress best shows off your curves! (Remember to measure!). Never guess your size.
A graceful and classic design that narrows at the top then tailors close to body before flaring gently into an "A." Flatters everyone and every body shape! Be sure to put it at the top of your shopping list.
- Hides big hips and bottoms and tummies
- Balances your entire body with bust
- Creates curves to a straight figure
- Makes you look taller, thinner, leaner and longer
A fairy-tale design favored by Cinderella with a fitted bodice and waist that falls into a pouf skirt layered with crinoline underneath. Flatters an hourglass figure with a well-proportioned waist, waist and hips. Caution: if you're petite this design of evening gown can easily overwhelm your figure.
- Hides hips
- Highlights bust
- Look for a ball gown with a lace-up back for an easier fit
A dress cut with a high waist seams that falls directly under the bust then lows into a long, loose skirt with no defined waistline. An ideal classic Greek and Roman design that flatters a figure heavy through the middle and tummy. When in doubt, opt for an evening gown with an Empire waist. The key is to fit the dress to your bust and let it flow freely to the hem of the skirt.
- Disguises thick waistline
- Hides big tummy and a large stomach
- Plays up small busts to help where Mother Nature left off
- Makes you look taller if you're petite
- Be sure to fit to your bust when shopping for an Empire design dress
Vertical panes follow natural shape of body. Flatters the lower body. A classic silhouette that always is in style.
- Minimizes hips
- Disguises tummy
- Figure-friendly: creates a long, lean look
- Smooth and flowing design
- Plan on wearing shape wear to smooth out your curves
Straight, slim fit shaped closely to the body. Flatters tall and thin bodies. Caution: if you've got real curves be sure to wear a shaper under a sheath. You'll want be to sure that your curves are smooth in this sexy style.
- Minimizes hips
- Disguises tummy
- Perfect for well-toned figures
- Sexy and oh-so modern
- Very body conscious!
Same as sheaths, but skirt flare outs at or below the knee. Flatters tall and thin bodies.
- Plays up your bust
- Draws attention to your hips
- Best if your evenly proportioned.
- Steer clear if you have a large tummy or get a great shaper
- Look for a mermaid with a lace-up back. You'll get a more comfortable fit!
Whatever design dress you select, keep in mind you want to be Be Size Wise!
- Never ever guess your size in special occasion dresses.
- Measure carefully before you buy any plus sized Prom, wedding, eveing or cocktail dress
- You probably wear a different size in plus size formal dresses then in everyday clothes
- Your bra size is not your bust size. Your bust size is the fullest measurement around your back and cups in the front of your body.
- Measure wearing the underwear you will wear under your dress
- Use a cloth tape measure; leave the metal one for construction jobs
- Have a professional tailor or seamstress measure you or ask a friend or family. You'll be glad you did.
- Plan on alterations for a perfect fit. Everyone needs them!
- Between dress sizes? Always go up one! It's easier to take in a dress. You can always let it out.