Spring Dresses for Every Body Type


By: Nicole Ruccolo -

Spring is just 8 days away and the warm weather in California is giving me the itch to look at lightweight dresses.  If you live in the East Coast, I know your already thinking of summer!  I totally lived through those icy cold winters and used the time to plan my summer vacation.   Today, we are itching to remove some winter layers and feel the sun on our skin (with spf of course!).   I not only mean clothing layers but we also start to think about our bodies more since winter is great for hibernation and adding some healthy pounds.

I figure this would be a good time to check what we are working with and tell you what details you should look for when your looking for the perfect Spring/Summer dress!

Step one: Get yourself in front of a mirror and see if you fit into one of these body shape types.

Pear - have broader bottoms compared to the top

Apple - apple shaped people would be heavy at the waist

Ruler - ruler shaped people would have hardly any curves

Hourglass - hourglass is the perfect one where the top and bottom are in perfect sync with slim waist line

Cone - heavier at the top compared to the bottoms

Here is a great visual!

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Step 2: Let's go Shopping - dress details to look for:

Apple: Women who are apple shaped should look for dresses that create a waste line.  This includes dresses that are gathered, have an elastic waist line, or patterns that narrow the your middle area.   Apple figures usually have great legs so look for skirts and dresses that really show off your assets.   Dresses with full bottoms will make you appear like you have that hour glass figure.

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Hourglass: If your body type is hourglass you want to highlight that tiny waist.  Stick to items that are fitted in the waist area, look for dresses that are wraps, have belts, or patterned where it makes your waist pop.  Absolutely, and I mean absolutely stay away from loose tees and empire waste tops unless you want people to assume your are 9 months along.   Try to find v-neck lines versus crew neck.   Otherwise you will look too boxy or worse case scenario have a "uni-boob" situation.

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Pear: Oh pear, how you frustrate me when trying to slip into a bandage dress.    Actually the most common body type for women is the pear.   One thing you want to do is elongate your figure so that you look less bottom-heavy.  You will want to try  to balance your hips and your shoulders while showing off your curves. The key here is to accentuate your top half.  Look for dresses that are darker or have a solid on the bottom half. Dresses that are asymmetrical on the top are also very flattering.

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Cone: It's the most athletic-looking silhouette  and can be seen on many catwalk models.  Dresses that have a fuller bottom will help balance your proportion. Peplum dresses look beautiful on this body type.   Stay away from dresses that are structured on top.  Since your shoulders appear larger than your waist go for soft fabrics that drape lightly.

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Ruler: Soft flowing dresses that create movement and shape are great or try a asymmetrical cut.  Dresses should be fitted at the waist and gives you a curvy silhouette.  High necked dresses will give you the appearance of a larger bust and attain that curvy body you want.  Show-off those amazing shoulders by wearing sleeveless or halter cuts. Try to stay away from strapless as they may make you appear flat chested.

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Nicole is the co-founder and CEO of Stylebar. She attends Santa Clara University and has worked as merchandiser and personal stylist for companies like Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and David Bitton. Follow her on Instagram @nicoleruccolo // Facebook // twitter @nicole_ruccolo