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Dress Buying 101: A Guide to the Different Types of Dress Shapes

Posted on May 05 2021

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It is no exaggeration to say that finding the perfect dress (the perfect dress) can improve your mood in an instant. Great dresses can make you hold your head higher, feel better about your body, and give you a huge confidence boost.

But why are they so hard to find? The trouble is not that there aren't enough dress shapes, patterns, and styles out there. The trouble is working out how to buy dresses that work for you.

Lucky for you, this guide will break down common dress shapes and if they suit your body type.

Wrap or Asymmetrical Dresses

A wrap dress is where one side of the dress wraps over the other and fastens at the waist. Some top dresses in this style fasten elsewhere, but the style is still the same.

This is one of the best dress shapes for all body types.

If you are a curvy lady, it will highlight those curves. If you don't or you have curves in the "wrong" places, it will give you the illusion of curves. Plus, wrap dresses can work in a formal or smart-casual setting.

This stunning floral wrap dress is perfect for spring barbeques. 

A-Line Dresses

A-line dresses fit snug around the shoulders, bosom, and waist but flare at the bottom. 

There is a reason why a lot of bridesmaid dresses are a-line: because they are so flattering for every body type!

The flared skirt is comfortable and the shape will define your waist. It is a classic, feminine style and is suitable for all occasions.

You will wow your friends and family in this bold blue a-line number.

Empire Waist Dresses

Empire waist dresses cinch in right below the bust and the rest of the dress flows.

This is one of the most popular types of dress shapes for summery maxi dresses. It is a great dress shape for those who want to highlight their bust and not draw attention to any other areas.

This gorgeous empire waist dress will take you from the beach to the bar.

Sheath Dresses

Sheath dresses are one of the most comfortable dress trends in disguise. They stay loose on the bottom and the top but cinch in at your waist for definition.

The darts in the fabric create the illusion of shape even though the fabric is not fitted. Sheath dresses are often worn by slim ladies as they add length and they are great for smart-casual or work formalwear.

Choose style and comfort with a fun printed sheath dress.

T-Shirt Dresses

Even the words "t-shirt dress" make you feel more comfortable in an instant. T-shirt dresses have the shape of a t-shirt and the length of a dress.

There is no cinching or darting with these dresses. Only comfort!

Everyone suits a t-shirt dress as it is more about the pattern. If you find t-shirt dresses hug you in all the wrong places, go for a printed one.

This t-shirt dress with pockets teams comfort and practicality.

Dress Shapes for Every Size and Occasion

Knowing more about flattering dress shapes will make it so much easier to find the perfect dress. But as long as you love how you look, that's all that matters.

The 308 Boutique carries a range of dresses in all sizes and shapes. Plus, we deliver nationwide with free shipping!

Check out our collection of dresses to find your favorite new outfit.