Formal Gowns and Party Dresses by Figure Type

Find formal dresses that will fit and flatter every woman's figure here at Simply Dresses! There are dazzling cocktail dresses, stylish prom dresses, long evening gowns and short formal dresses for all shapes -- slender and slim, full-figured, well-proportioned, or hourglass shaped. 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.

If you have a petite shape, short dresses or formal dresses with asymmetrical hemlines can help you to seem taller and not overwhelmed as you might be in a longer, fuller dress. With a slender figure, you can draw eyes to your bust line or waistline for a curvier appearance with empire waist dresses or unique necklines. V-neck or sweetheart necklines can also complement a busty figure, though having straps, cap sleeves, or long sleeves can offer additional support to the bust line. Have a pear-shape figure? Go for a formal dress with a fitted top that also has an a-line or full skirt, unless you are more comfortable with your figure and want to show your curves in a form-fitting dress! For an apple-shape body type, you can add some definition to your middle with an empire waist dress or show off your legs with a short dress. If you are one of the lucky women with an hourglass figure, you’ll find that just about any style of cocktail dresses, party dresses, or formal gowns will flatter you!