Fit and Flatter Dress Tips

A-line Dresses
A-line example

A graceful and classic design that narrows at the top of the dress then tailors close to body before flaring gently into an "A." Remember, A-line dresses always flatter every body shape!

  • Hides big hips, bottoms and tummies
  • Balances your entire body with bust
  • Creates curves to round out a straight figure
  • Makes you look taller, thinner, leaner and longer
BodyCon Designs

Straight, slim fit shaped closely to your body. Flatters tall and thin bodies. Consider wearing a great shaper under a bodycon. With a shaper, you smooth out your curves in this sexy style.

  • Minimizes hips
  • Disguises tummy
  • Perfect for well-toned figures
  • Super sexy

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Empire Waistline

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 evening dress in an Empire design.

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Mermaid Gowns

Designed almost identical to a bodycon dress with a very fitted torso that flare outs at or below the knee into a full skirt. Flatters tall, trim figurres with an hourglass shape.

  • Plays up your bust
  • Draws attention to your hips
  • Best worn if you are evenly proportioned.
  • Steer clear if you have a large tummy.
  • Look for a mermaid with a lace-up back. You'll get a more comfortable and flattering fit!
Ball Gown Styles

A fairy-tale design favored by Cinderella with a fitted bodice and waist that falls into a poufy 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.

Be Size Wise!

  • Between dress sizes? It is always best to go up one! It's easier to take in a dress. You can't always let it out.
  • Never ever guess your size in special occasion dresses.
  • Measure carefully before you buy any plus-size Prom, wedding, eveing or cocktail dress.
  • You probably wear a different size in plus size formal dresses thn 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!
Princess Silhouette

Vertical panes that follow the natural shape of body define this dress style. Flatters your lower body. A classic silhouette that you can be confident is always 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