Choosing the Right Prom Dress for Your Silhouette


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Prom time will be here before you know it, and choosing the right style and shape for your body from all the varieties available is no easy task. It takes patience and time to find the right one for your special event.

Use the below guide to find your dream dress that flatters your silhouette.

  • First, Determine Your Body Shape

 It’s important to figure out your body shape before you even start shopping for prom dresses. Once you know which dresses will suit you, you won’t have to waste time trying on the ones that won’t.

  • Are You Tall and Thin?

Not sure how to tell? It is easy: if you’re tall and thin your body will be straight and slim with few to no curves, and you’ll have an average bust size. You’ll usually be around 5’6” or taller. For this silhouette, you’ll want to choose a prom dress that adds curves and shows off those long legs. You’ll want something that adds fullness to your chest and flows gracefully to flatter your silhouette. You can also pull off a few different necklines, including open and V-neck.

  • Are You Petite?

Are you 5’3” or shorter with an average sized bust and small build? You’re going to want a prom dress that complements your petite frame, such as an A-line, sheath or empire gown. A dress with a slit will make your legs look longer, or you can look taller by wearing a shorter hemline. A reputable store like Prom Dress Shop sells Sherri Hill prom dresses 2016. You can check them out for some great ideas.

  • Are You Pear, Apple or Hourglass Shaped?

If you have an hourglass shape, you are curvy and have a medium-to-large bust. You’ll have rounded buttocks and curvy hips, too. The good news is you can show off those curves with a sheath dress. If you prefer, you can place less emphasis on them with an A-line frock or ball gown. To draw more attention to your upper body, select something with an embellished neckline.

If you’re pear shaped, you would be bottom-heavy. Pick a dress that flatters your upper body such as an empire, A-line or ball gown with a halter neckline. A strapless dress will also work well.

For apple-shaped silhouettes, the mid-section will be your thickest section. Choose prom dresses that take the emphasis away from your tummy, such as an empire gown.

  • Large Build and Athletic Silhouettes 

If you have broad shoulders, a large bust or are muscular, pick a frock that will give you a more feminine shape, such as an empire dress or ball gown. A full skirt will add shape to your waistline. If you have broad shoulders, trying to cover them with sleeves or wide straps will leave them looking much broader.

Large-busted girls will need a prom dress with proper support. V-necks and halters on a ball gown or A-line dress work wonders. To draw attention away from your bust, wear a dress that has an interesting hemline.

Fuller figured silhouettes are easier than ever before to dress. You don’t need to try and squeeze into a small gown; you can easily find something that will flatter your figure.

  • A Few More Ideas

There are plenty of ways to accentuate certain parts of your body. Prom dresses with stylish features, such as beaded bodices, beaded panels, jeweled beltlines; accordion pleating, sheer overlays and removable skirts all serve different purposes for different silhouettes.

Use our guide to find a style that will work best for your body type.

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