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Formal Gowns and Party Dresses by Figure Type

Shop dresses by body type to find dresses that flatter your unique figure. Whether your silhouette is slender and slim, full-figured, or hourglass shaped, there is a dress that is sure to complement your figure. There are gorgeous short fit-and-flare semi-formal dresses for pear shapes, a-line formal dresses for slender figures, and long sweetheart dresses for busty figures. You’ll find a variety of curve-hugging v-neck dresses for hourglass figures, floor-length empire-waist chiffon dresses for apple-shaped figures, and princess-cut sheath dresses to make petite figures look taller. To find a dress that fits your body type, simply select the category that matches your figure to display the styles that are best suited to your body type.

Why Shop Dresses by Body Type or Shape?

Determining your body type can help you find the formal dresses and short party dresses that are best designed for you. Let’s face it. Ladies come in all shapes and sizes. Knowing your particular body type can make shopping for cocktail dresses or formal dresses easier and more fun. You will save time and energy by shopping for styles that look good on your shape without the guesswork, cutting back on your need for returns or alterations. Shop for dresses by body type to find the ideal dress to enhance your shape or embrace your figure. Either way, you are sure to find the formal dress or party dress that will make you look and feel beautiful.

Here is a list of the 6 main body types. Explore these tips for each shape, as well as Simply Dresses’ selection of dress styles for complementing each silhouette. See more than one category below that explains your body shape? Women are too unique for cookie-cutter molds, so have fun browsing them all and choosing your favorite looks!

- Petite: Typically under 5' 4", petite women come in all shapes and sizes. Learn more about choosing dresses for petite figures here.

- Slender: In general, a slender body type has a thin, skinny frame and a smaller bustline. Read more about selecting dresses for slender figures here.

- Busty: The busty body type (sometimes called inverted triangle) is characterized by a large chest area and narrow hips. Find out more about flattering dresses for busty figures here.

- Pear: The pear-shaped body type (sometimes called triangle) is usually larger at the hips than at the bustline or shoulders. Check out more about finding dresses for pear shapes here.

- Apple: An apple-shaped body has shoulders that either match or are broader than the hips, while the waistline is not well-defined. Read more about picking dresses for apple-shaped figures here.

- Hourglass: With a well-defined waist, an hourglass shape is curvy and usually evenly proportioned between the bust and hips. Here you will find additional information on selecting dresses for hourglass figures.

Whatever your body shape, find a short party dress or elegant long formal dress that highlights your unique figure in a way that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful. Perhaps you want a dress that provides the perfect symmetry for your particular silhouette, or a dress that emphasizes your favorite feature. Whatever your body type, choose the perfect dress that best fits your style, as well as your shape, from the long formal dresses and short party dresses at Simply Dresses.

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