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The Best Dresses and Romper Styles for Your Body Type

Last updated on : April 10 2016

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A quick Google search delivers various insights into body types and style recommendations for each. Fashion consultants and stylists often center their creations on the unique body profiles of their models and clients. Yet the struggle of actually dressing to accommodate your body type is not always straightforward, a tad overwhelming, and confusing. The challenge presents because often our body types are a combination of two body types, our bustline is a bit heavier, or our waistline is not clearly defined.

With trends changing every season, it’s a challenge to dress fashionably while also picking clothes that truly flatter your personal style and feminine proportions (see these black midi dresses for an easy and versatile fashion solution or a nude illusion dress for something sophisticated). The goal is to look great no matter what the current trend is without forsaking trends and styles you have created and bond with. Experts say that understanding your body type is important to ensure that you use fashion like it was intended to be used – as a tool to create a look for yourself that you love. Knowing your body type helps you create a sense of balance through the clothes that you wear, the makeup you apply, and hairstyles you create.

The Key to Dressing Your Body Type

One of the most important aspects to dressing well regardless of your body type is self love. We have covered and provide a variety of topics and guides to give you the courage you need to love your curves. We’ve touched on how to maintain glowing skin, how to be cool, and natural ways to eat better without giving up your favorite treats. 

Jess Scott, an author based in Singapore, captures the unique plight of women everywhere in our crazy digitalized world. In her book, The Other Side of Life, the dialogue between two characters elaborates on the subject, “That’s sad. How plastic and artificial life has become. It gets harder and harder to find something…real….Real love, real friends, real body parts…” In a world where bringing out your natural beauty seems irrelevant and figuring out clothing that compliments your natural frame seems unimportant - we are aiming to do the opposite.

Everything in our shop is designed to smooth, suck, tuck, and lift. Our famous bandage dresses double as shapewear to give you the the smooth and flawless body profile you demand. Our deep plunge and side boob dresses are designed and constructed to support yours girls and give them the illusion of being more full. At The Kewl Shop we believe that well made clothes cover a variety of self doubt issues. Although our designs are often inspired by celebrities many of them are made with better construction to shape your body and feminine profile to give you confidence from head to toe.

As the weather heats up we thought it only fitting to provide a guide on the best romper and dress styles for general body types. We cover simple tips and tricks to help you embrace your natural body and bring out its lovely curves, angles, bulges, and sags. For example, a woman with angular limbs and curves needs to wear fabrics that add softness and fluidity to her look (see our nude midi dresses). While one with soft curves should add structure with her dress. With spring at the forefront of our minds - here are the best dresses and romper styles for a variety of body types. Your body may be a mixture of the two - so use your style instincts and fashionista gut to pull your looks together this spring.

How to Dress Your Apple Shape

The apple body shape is characterized by a waistline that is wider than the hips and bust. Without a clearly defined waist, you are at a loss when it comes to choosing the right dress or romper. For a woman with an apple shaped body, the goal is to create a sensuous silhouette by adding vertical lines and drawing attention to the cleavage area or bustline.

Recommended Styles. Choose dresses with an empire waist or baby-dolls which serve to draw the eyes upwards. Strapless dresses are great for this body type as they help to channelize attention to your fuller bust line and demure shoulders. Instead of picking dresses with a defined waistline, opt for shift dresses that afford movement. Pay attention to fabrics as well. Opt for chiffon, silk, cotton blends, and linen. Apple body shapes easily pull off shorter hemlines so be daring and show a bit more leg this spring. A-line dresses provide a similar look to empire waisted styles as they create the illusion of wider hips.

When it comes to rompers, choose one with no pleats as that simply adds more bulk to your stomach area. Steer clear of loud patterns and large geometric prints, especially in the area above your waist. Drive attention away from your ample midsection by choosing a romper with a double-layered top detailing – the loose second layer provides a cover that conceals your problem areas with ease.

white a line dress

Simple Ways to Style Your Straight Body Type

This body shape is recognized by the straight lines and proportions going from the shoulders to the waist and sometimes continues to your hips. Also known as the rectangular or ruler body type, this shape has almost no curve definition so the key is to create them with your dresses and rompers naturally.

Recommended Styles. The right dresses and rompers easily create curves in which ever parts of your body you desire. An A-line or baby doll dress with a deep-V neck may look racy and a bit more risky on other body types, however, these styles serve to provide instant curves to your linear body shape. Look for dresses with draping, frills, or prints on the bust area to create more depth.

V-necked rompers with darts at the waist are a great idea for this body shape, as is wearing a light colored dress or romper with a waist cinching belt in a darker hue. Resist the temptation of wearing dresses or rompers with a square-neck this spring, as they would only create a boxy silhouette instead of a curvy one. Keep your look fluid and soft and avoid tight and tailored rompers and dresses. Instead go for loose fitting clothing to provide a relaxed and natural illusion of feminine curves.

v neck romper

Dressing Your Hourglass Figure

Perhaps the most coveted body shape since the beginning of time, an hourglass figure is characterized by a narrow waist and full bust and hips. For this body type, there is only one cardinal rule – always accentuate your thin waist. When you accentuate your thin waist you are able to conceal problem areas easily such as a protruding stomach or smaller breasts.

Recommended Styles. Choose a bandage dress that cinches at your natural waistline, or a floral spring fashion dress worn with a belt that defines your waist. Women with this body type should steer clear of empire waisted dresses because not only do they not emphasize your waist, they may actually make you look larger. In spring 2016, you have your pick of trendy dresses and rompers as this shape seems to be ruling the roost of all the fashion houses. A classic fit-and-flare dress or a bandage dress is perfect for this body shape.

Steer clear of oversized or loose dresses and rompers as they conceal and ruin your beautiful shape and silhouette. A structured romper is perfect for this body shape as it does not look frumpy, cinches at your best asset – your waist and emphasizes all your curves.

sexy romper

Realizing the Beauty in Your Pear Shape

If you need help understanding what the pear shape is, look at Beyoncé or Rihanna. For years being a pear shape was frowned upon, yet thanks to celebrities and socialites like Kim Kardashian West - the shape is lovely, feminine, and alluring. The shape is characterized by your backside and hips being distinctly larger than your bust and shoulder area.

Recommended Styles. The best way to set off a pear body shape this spring is to choose A-line hems, dresses and rompers with an open neck, or a puffy or flowing dresses with a tea-length hem. Another great option for this body type is a printed midi-length dress (see our floral bodycon dresses). Such a fit draws attention to your delicate neck, shoulders, and arm areas. An empire waist dress is also a good idea for this body type as it helps accentuate the smallest part of your body thereby distracting from other parts.

Choose strapless rompers and fitted dresses that enhance your upper body. When picking rompers this spring, go a size up so you can show off your curvy rear without the material stretching at the seams.

bandage dress

How to Love Your Petite Body Type

Also known as a compact or petite body shape, a petite shaped woman is one who is under 5’4” tall, with overall smaller proportions. If you are smaller all over, then the best type of dress for you is the mini dress. Whether or not you choose to wear heels to complete the look, a mini dress elongates your entire frame and particularly your legs. Gaining the illusion of being taller is a simple way give you confidence in your smaller body type. It is also very simple to achieve with the right styles. 

Recommended Styles. This spring, choose dresses that are short and vibrant. Dresses and rompers with collars are also a great fit for this body type. Breezy and floral spring fashion dresses are ideal for providing an ultra-feminine allure, while a round-necked peplum dress easily fills out your petite frame in all the right places. 

Mixed textures, layered rompers, and bright colors are all a go for you. For rompers, opt for form-fitting ones with tiny spring flowers, or stripes and prints. One of the hottest trends this spring is vertical stripes. This trend seems to be made with petite women in mind, so pick a waist-cinching short romper with vertical stripes to lengthen your petite frame this spring.

deep v romper

How to Pull Off Your Ballerina Shape

Women who boast a slender and muscular frame (like that of a ballerina) are perfectly placed to try all the avant-garde styles of spring 2016 – think modern florals and slinky materials like crepe de chine. With a more muscular body shape and profile you run the risk of looking hard. The goal of most women is to appear soft, caressable, and lovely. With your ballerina shape you are able to pull off anything because of your toned physique, however, you should take your cues from straight body types

Recommended Styles. This body type is best accentuated with a slip dress or a slinky halter neck dress that draws attention to your athletic frame. Choose a modern floral patterned dress that will add volume to your frame. Dresses with a drop waist are perfect for lending shape to your hips.

A narrow frame gives you the freedom to play around with silhouettes, ruffles, and frills. Be sure to try rompers with ruffles or bows for a fun and flirty style.

floral off shoulder romper

Body Challenge: Full Bust in Everyday Clothes

Women with full busts (think Christina Hendricks of the Mad Men fame) may look like they have it easy and need to hardly pull off any styles, however, they often face the issue of looking matronly. However, it can be difficult to find dresses that do not make you look over-the-top or at the other end of the spectrum frumpy and unkempt. If this is your body challenge, you must not lose heart and simply embrace the idea of always trying stuff on prior to making any purchase or style decisions. 

Recommended Styles. Choose dresses with a modest V-neck, slim waist, and flared hems this spring, perhaps in a jacquard style like the dress Kim K wears below. A high-necked dress with shoulder cut-outs serves to highlight your bosom without making it look risqué. A body-contouring bandage dress with a modest V-neck and a hemline that stops just above the knee draws the eyes from your legs to your understated cleavage in a seamless manner - and you maintain your dignity.

Color block rompers with subtle accents at the waist create a marked line between your upper and lower body, as do rompers with a tie at the waist or those worn with a belt. In order to create the illusion of a curvier rear, look for rompers that have a generous amount of fabric at the seat and legs. 

Kim k bandage dress

Remember that you are easily able to find an abundant selection of styles to fit and flatter your body type here at the shop. Our focus and goal is to create and design clothes with real women, like you, in mind. Each dress and romper is designed to be flattering, feminine, and lovely. Dressing for your body type and shape takes planning and bit of forethought. If you are ever in a bind or can't decide which pattern or fit works best for you ask us in live chat or send us an email - we are always here to help. 


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