The right dress for every body type, simplified

How many times have you changed your outfit because something just isn’t right about the fit? Whether the torso is too short or it’s feeling snug at the hips, let’s put an end to those morning outfit frustrations. It’s time to find out exactly which dress shape is best for your body type.

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In order to help choose the best dress shape for your body type, scroll down to find which illustration best resembles your body.

Dresses for wide hips

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If you have wide hips, the style best for you is one that emphasizes the waistline.

  • Choose V-neck dresses or silhouettes that highlight the upper body.
  • Opt for slim-fitting designs to emphasize, not hide, your curves.
  • Pencil skirt-style dresses or belted styles are flattering on wider hips.
  • Avoid baggy, boxy shapes that will mask your figure.
  • If wearing a maxi dress, choose a style you can belt at the waist.
Violeta by Mango Short belted dress

-20%

£39.99 £49.99

Violeta by Mango

Short belted dress

Delivery: free

Violeta by Mango Ruffled midi dress

-17%

£49.99 £59.99

Violeta by Mango

Ruffled midi dress

Delivery: free

Zimmermann Wavelength Halterneck Floral-print Crepe Dress - Womens - Pink Print

-30%

£441.00 £630.00

Zimmermann

Wavelength Halterneck Floral-print Crepe Dress - Womens - Pink Print

Delivery: Delivery costs apply

Ganni Broderie-anglaise Cotton Mini Dress - Womens - Khaki

-70%

£87.00 £290.00

Ganni

Broderie-anglaise Cotton Mini Dress - Womens - Khaki

Delivery: Delivery costs apply

Dresses for petite body types

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If you’re petite, you may find it especially difficult to find a dress that doesn’t overwhelm your figure. The dress that suits you most, is the wrap dress! If you want to look taller and take advantage of your petite figure, these are the best tricks for you:

  • Opt for dresses with straight lines at a knee-length. The lines will lengthen your petite frame.
  • V-neck styles will lengthen your neck and project your figure upwards.
  • If you have your heart set on a loud maxi dress, don’t be shy to take your dress into a tailor to perfect the shape for your body type.
Ganni Broderie-anglaise Cotton Mini Dress - Womens - Khaki

-70%

£87.00 £290.00

Ganni

Broderie-anglaise Cotton Mini Dress - Womens - Khaki

Delivery: Delivery costs apply

Alexandra Miro Raphaela polka-dot cotton minidress

-40%

£189.00 £315.00

Alexandra Miro

Raphaela polka-dot cotton minidress

Delivery: free

See By Chloé Cotton minidress

-30%

£175.00 £250.00

See By Chloé

Cotton minidress

Delivery: free

See By Chloé Cotton broderie anglaise minidress

-40%

£183.00 £305.00

See By Chloé

Cotton broderie anglaise minidress

Delivery: free

Dresses for sporty body types

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If you have a sporty physique, opt for dress styles with feminine textures and ruffles to give your body type more shape and movement.

  • Show off what you have. Muscular legs? Go for a mini. Toned arms? Show them off.
  • Dresses in tulle or silk will emphasize the feminine look.
  • Play with prints and textures to give your look movement.
Vince Satin slip dress

-30%

£193.00 £277.00

Vince

Satin slip dress

Delivery: free

Odd Molly Fairytale Dress

£179.00

Odd Molly

Fairytale Dress

Delivery: free

Staud Daisy polka-dot cotton maxi dress

-30%

  • In high demand

£182.00 £260.00

Staud

Daisy polka-dot cotton maxi dress

Delivery: free

AlexaChung Kitty floral midi dress

-50%

£164.00 £329.00

AlexaChung

Kitty floral midi dress

Delivery: free

Dresses for a slim figure

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If you have a slim body type, dresses that will enhance your curves are wrap dress styles and silhouettes with exaggerated sleeves or waistlines.

  • Choose dresses that emphasize the waistline to create the illusion of wider hips
  • High-neck and long-sleeve mini dresses will show off your legs while adding volume to your torso area
  • Play with exaggerated fabrics, silhouettes, and prints as they won’t overwhelm your slim frame
Rhode Resort Anya cotton minidress

-40%

£175.00 £293.00

Rhode Resort

Anya cotton minidress

Delivery: free

Norma Kamali Exclusive to Mytheresa - Checked jersey asymmetric dress

£173.00

Norma Kamali

Exclusive to Mytheresa - Checked jersey asymmetric dress

Delivery: free

Alexandra Miro Raphaela polka-dot cotton minidress

-40%

£189.00 £315.00

Alexandra Miro

Raphaela polka-dot cotton minidress

Delivery: free

Ganni Broderie-anglaise Cotton Mini Dress - Womens - Black

-70%

£87.00 £290.00

Ganni

Broderie-anglaise Cotton Mini Dress - Womens - Black

Delivery: Delivery costs apply

Dresses for short legs

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The shorter the legs, the shorter the dress. The shorter the skirt of your dress, the longer and more slender your legs will appear. If you don’t want to wear a tight mini dress, opt for a t-shirt dress. Other tricks girls with short legs can follow are:

  • Opt for high-neck styles that will emphasize your legs
  • Styles with side slits will show off more skin
  • Nude tones will elongate your figure
  • Try not to overwhelm your shape with loud maxi styles
Kalita Andromeda silk and cotton dress

-50%

£182.00 £365.00

Kalita

Andromeda silk and cotton dress

Delivery: free

Mango Bow short dress

-64%

£12.99 £35.99

Mango

Bow short dress

Delivery: free

Ganni Broderie-anglaise Cotton Mini Dress - Womens - Khaki

-70%

£87.00 £290.00

Ganni

Broderie-anglaise Cotton Mini Dress - Womens - Khaki

Delivery: Delivery costs apply

Alexandra Miro Raphaela polka-dot cotton minidress

-40%

£189.00 £315.00

Alexandra Miro

Raphaela polka-dot cotton minidress

Delivery: free

Red Valentino Check minidress

-40%

$387.00 $645.00

Red Valentino

Check minidress

Delivery: International

Msgm Jacquard cotton-blend minidress

-50%

$430.00 $860.00

Msgm

Jacquard cotton-blend minidress

Delivery: International

Ulla Johnson Prissa floral cotton-blend dress

-30%

$311.00 $445.00

Ulla Johnson

Prissa floral cotton-blend dress

Delivery: International

Victoria Beckham Stretch minidress

-30%

$326.00 $467.00

Victoria Beckham

Stretch minidress

Delivery: International

Marchesa one shoulder bridesmaid gown - Blue

-25%

£221.00 £295.00

Marchesa

one shoulder bridesmaid gown - Blue

Delivery: £10.00

Self Portrait lace panel mini dress - Black

-21%

£237.00 £300.00

Self Portrait

lace panel mini dress - Black

Delivery: £5.00

Marchesa one shoulder beaded long dress - White

-40%

£465.00 £775.00

Marchesa

one shoulder beaded long dress - White

Delivery: £10.00

Faithfull The Brand floral print mini dress - Yellow

-35%

£129.00 £198.00

Faithfull The Brand

floral print mini dress - Yellow

Delivery: £10.00

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