What's Your Silhouette?

(Dress Side Story, Shifting Perspectives Dress, Tierway to Heaven Dress, The Cindy Dress)

Dresses are always in, but are you always in the dress that is most flattering to your shape? One-shoulders and maxis are especially trendy right now, although they might not be for everyone. With a few tips and our extensive selection of girly frocks, you will be ready to attend this season’s events (and upcoming holiday parties) in perfect shape!

One Shoulder: For those with wide shoulders, try a one-shoulder, the asymmetrical neckline will create a body balancing effect as opposed to baring it all! Try our Brick House Dress and Tierway to Heaven Dress

Sheath: If you’re still on your journey to a svelte six pack, these dresses will skim along your shape without pulling or tugging in any areas. Or if you like versatility in your clothing, wear this one with a belt for a completely different look!  Bow-t Neck Dress, Post-Punk Dress, Venetian Dress are all great pics!

Shift: For petite types or those with curves ahead! The best match (I think) to a shift dress is confidence no matter what your body type. Try the Backdrop Feature Dress, Miss Scarlet Dress, and Tulip Show Dress.

A-Line: For bottom heavy, or pear shaped ladies, try an A-line to draw the attention away from a hip-hugging silhouette. Check out the Az-Tech Dress, Amusement Park Dress, Frock of Love Dress in Daisy, and Rihanna Dress.

Maxi: I was apprehensive to try this one, but when I did, I realized it was equivalent to walking around all day in my most comfortable pair of pajamas! Depending on your height, a maxi can be tricky, but chances are if you give one an inch, you will get miles of wear out of it! Try rocking the Rose Water Maxi Dress, Wolf Form Maxi Dress, and Persian Princess Dress.

For your body type, what silhouette have you found works best?


About Julianne

Julie is a modern day Renaissance woman and die-hard bloody mary enthusiast. When she’s not sprinkling magic fairy dust onto ModCloth’s social media channels, you can find her eclectic point of view on food, fashion, music, and DIY documented here!

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    margaine 09/23/2009 at 5:24 pm #

    I love A-Line dresses, they always work the best for me. I’m bottom-heavy-ish, but mostly I just love the style.

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    Erin 09/23/2009 at 5:33 pm #

    A-Line and Shift work very well for me – small bust, average waist, huge hips. Maxi looks absolutely terrible on me…. too tall, not enough boobs to make it look like anything.

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    Jennifer 09/23/2009 at 6:31 pm #

    I really like a dress with a tulip-type skirt, that’s fitted in the waist, then flares slightly at the hips, then tapers in slightly at the knees. I’m relatively straight-bodied, and it gives me the illusion of hips. I also like pencil-type skirts, and I don’t think you can go wrong with a good A-line. 🙂

    I’m uncomfortable with my thighs (I feel like they’re disproportionately large compared to the rest of my body), so a longer skirt is a necessity for me. I don’t like anything shorter than an inch or two above the knees.

    I’ve yet to try out a maxi, I’m a little worried that I wouldn’t be tall enough to pull it off. I’m going to have to try one someday, though!

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    Breanna 09/23/2009 at 11:52 pm #

    As a broad-shouldered girl myself, I’ve got to respectfully disagree with your assessment. I’ve found that one-shoulder things are very tricky for us linebackers to pull off! In theory, a diagonal line across the body would shorten the horizontal line of the shoulders, but many one-shouldered pieces these days are made such that the cut of the diagonal line isn’t at a very severe angle, and so just draws attention to the width of our shoulders. I’ve found that, while I love the one-shouldered look, I have to be very particular about which looks I pursue in that vein.

    I’ve also found that I can wear almost any shape that emphasizes my waist and fits close (but not clingy! ah!) to the body. I’ve got plenty of hips, booty, legs, and shoulders, but I’ve got a short torso and a relatively small waist for my size. Thanks to the highness of my natural waist, empire-cut frocks can make me look positively teeny 🙂 And a dress like the Escapade dress accomplishes some of the same, showing off my legs a bit while drawing attention to my waist. Just have to make sure to pin the slight kimono sleeves a bit so that I get a clear cut from shoulders down to waist, instead of a straight line.

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