Women's Dress Fit Guide

Dresses for Your Body Type
Use these tips to identify your body shape and find the most flattering fit.
Body type: straight. Less definition between bust, waist and hips.
Fitted sheaths and classic shifts work well with your shape, while an Empire waist or simple A-line skirt helps create some curves. One-shoulder styles ensure a dramatic silhouette.
Body type: pear. Smaller on top, fuller at the hips and rear.
Dresses with fitted strapless or open-neck tops enhance your upper body and draw the eye up, while full or A-line skirts help minimize hips. An Empire waist marks the smallest point of your figure, distracting from everything else.
Body type: hourglass. Curvaceous, with full bust, defined waist and full hips.
Wraps, knit dresses and classic sheaths with fitted waists enhance your curves. Look for adjustable-waist styles for the best fit.
Empire waists draw the eye up, taking attention away from the middle and allowing a looser fit. Neck details also bring the focus up, while full skirts and A-line shifts create an hourglass illusion.
Body type: full bust. Bust is fuller than hips and rear.
Classic V-neck wraps and halter styles draw the eye downward for a slimming effect. A-line styles, full skirts and details at the hem help balance out your bottom half.
Body type: petite. Petite sizes are designed for women 5'4" and under.
With shorter hemlines and sleeves (and typically overall smaller proportions) you're less likely to need alterations to get a great fit for your petite frame.
Body type: plus. Designed to fit sizes 12W and above.
Dresses in plus sizes tend to have deeper-cut armholes, proportionally larger, lower-set bustlines and larger waistlines. For an extra boost of flattery, details may vary slightly from their smaller-sized counterparts.
Body type: maternity. Comfortable styles designed to flatter your changing body.
These may include belly panels and other stretchy fabrics, extra room for growing breasts, flattering Empire waistlines and A-line silhouettes to accommodate your bump, as well as curve-skimming looks to show it off.