The selection of prom gowns available from Sarah’s Bridal Gallery includes a wide variety of different styles for all different body types. However, sometimes it can be difficult to look at a picture of a model wearing a prom dress and decide whether or not that particular style will be flattering on your figure. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to help you choose a prom dress based on your body type. First, think about which shape is closest to your own and then narrow down your prom dress options based on the dress style suggestions.
A slender body shape is typically defined by an overall thin physique. You may have a slim torso, legs and arms. The best dresses for this body type will accentuate your long and lean frame while creating shape by accentuating the waist and creating curves. Fitted prom dresses are an excellent option for slim girls. Other details that add shape include belted waists and empire waists as well as dresses with asymmetric necklines and leg slits.
Boxy body shapes usually feature bust, waist and hip measurements that are close to equal. This body type is common amongst athletic girls. To enhance your feminine shape, choose a prom gown that has a defined waist and draw attention to your legs. Belted prom gowns or dresses with embellished waists are excellent for drawing in your midsection. Dresses with high slits can also help you show off your toned legs.
Girls who have a slightly rounder shape and an undefined waistline have an apple body type. The key to choosing a dress for an apple body shape is to show off your slender legs and shoulders while de-emphasizing your waist. Choose an A-line prom dress or a gown with an empire waist to draw attention to your upper body. Full skirts can also help reshape your figure. A high-low dress or one with a short hemline is also perfect for showing off your legs.
Pears are small on top and rounder at the bottom. Girls with pear body types are shaped similarly with small busts, larger hips and slender waists. Add some balance to your shape by choosing a formal dress that adds volume to your upper body and is slimming to your hips while emphasizing your defined waist. The perfect style for a pear body type is an A-line dress with a strapless neckline or a fitted open neck such as a bateau neckline.
In many ways, the busty body type is opposite to the pear-shaped body. Girls with this shape have large busts and narrow hips with undefined waists. Dresses that emphasize the hips while drawing attention to your face work best. High-low prom dresses work well by showing off your legs without unbalancing your shape. Evening gowns with illusion necklines also work well by allowing you to accentuate your ample bust while maintaining a modest look.
An hourglass body type is defined by a proportionate bust and hips. Girls with this body shape are typically curvy and have upper bodies that are balanced with the length of their legs. Choose a prom dress with a natural waist and a form-fitting top. Open necklines and dresses with V-necklines are also excellent choices.
A petite girl is usually 5 feet 4 inches tall or shorter. If you have a petite body type, many full-length prom dresses can easily overwhelm your small frame. Choose a short dress or a gown with an asymmetrical hemline to help make you look taller. You should also choose a slim-fitting prom gown with a V-neck or vertical embellishments for added elongation. Be sure to pair your dress with high heels for added height.