Advice on selecting a style to suit your shape

  • Hour glass figure:

    Bust and hips are basically the same and the waist is well defined.

    What to try:

    Although a body shape which suits just about anything, there are still certain styles which will show off your shape more than others. A mermaid gown will really show off your fab figure from top to bottom whether it is strapless or high necked. If you want something with a fuller skirt try an A-line gown with a dropped waist as this will still show off your lovely figure without swamping you. Avoid Empire lines as this will hide your shape and won’t emphasise your waist.

  • Pear shape:

    where the hips are larger than the bust and the waist gradually sloped out to the hips.

    What to try:

    If your hips are something you are conscious of try an A- line or a ball gown style dress as this will hide your hips and emphasise your little waist. If you don’t want anything too full at the bottom try an empire line gown, this will have the same affect without having to have a full skirt. Try to avoid mermaid style gowns as this will emphasise your hips.

  • Upside down pear:

    Your bust and upper body are larger than the hips and the waist is the smallest part.

    What to try:

    Open V-necks with straps can soften broad shoulders. Avoid really heavy straps which cover up a lot of your neck and shoulders as this will draw attention to this area and can make you appear ‘top-heavy’ as can halter necks. Dresses with fuller skirts, whether that’s A-line, princess or a short dress, hides narrow hips which can give the illusion of wider hips making your figure more in proportion.

  • Apple shape:

    You have a full bust and a rounder bottom and hips with a thick waist and a bit of a tummy.

    What to try:

    If you feel self conscious about your curves and want to define your waist as best as possible try a gown which has a corset back, this will allow you to really pull the dress in through the waist creating more of an hour glass shape. Something with ruched detail across the front of the dress can be really flattering for apple shapes as they create the illusion of a smaller waist. Avoid mermaid styles as this will emphasise your middle.

  • Straight body type:

    The bust and hips are basically the same size. The waist isn’t much defined.

    What to try:

    Another shape which can pull of most styles although some will compliment you more than others. Dresses with a wide belt feature will give the illusion of a narrower waist. Boat-neck dresses will lengthen your shoulders, again contributing to the illusion of a narrower waist and they really do compliment slim-line figures. A sheath style gown really suits this shape as it drapes over the hips as opposed to really clinging to them which will look beautiful with your slender figure.


  • Petite:

    Under 5ft 1″

    What to try:

    Dresses which aren’t broken up by a belt or a ‘bodice and skirt illusion’ are best, simple dresses which flow from top to bottom will elongate you. Avoid princess style dresses as petite girls can look a little lost in these.


  • Tall :

    Over 5ft 9″

    What to try:

    Your height shouldn’t affect what you can and can’t have too much. We would only suggest avoiding empire line gowns since this will make your top half appear very short in comparison to your bottom half which can make you look disproportionate.