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Hassa’s Fashion Buzz: Finding Your Body Type Helps Find the Right Skirt

Taylor Hassa

Staff Writer 

Have you ever been dress shopping and felt like it was taking forever because you just couldn’t seem to find that one dress that looked amazing on you? Well, don’t feel bad because that happens to a lot of women.

In order to shop for dresses in the most efficient way, it is important to know what body type you have. Once you’ve figured that out, dress shopping will be a lot less painful.

The first body type would be the petite. These are the girls that would get lost in a long, bulky dress. Stick to short dresses with extra fabric to accentuate the little curves that you do have. The extra fabric will also make you look like you have curves even if you don’t.

Another type of body type that requires a dress that makes you look like you have curves would be the rectangle. Because it is a more boyish body type, the illusion of curves is most important. A dress with a band or belt around the waist would be perfect.

The hourglass shape is the most desirable shape for every woman. This body type looks well in just about anything. The only thing to watch out for would be a dress with too much fabric; too much fabric will cause the body to be lost in the material of the dress.

If you are a pear, you want a dress that makes your upper body look spectacular. And you want the lower half of the dress to be loose and less for fitting. With a larger bottom half, you don’t need a dress to cling to it.

Apple shapes look best in brightly colored gowns that show off the neck and shoulders. Also, find a dress that accents the waist nicely, either with a belt or extra fabric.

Believe it or not, plus-size women actually have a lot of options to choose from. It is all about picking a part of your body that you love and showing it off. If hiding your stomach is a must, then pick a dress that flows rather than one that hugs every curve.

These tips are not hard to follow at all. Take the time to figure out what body type you are and believe me, dress shopping this summer will be a breeze. Who knows, you might even enjoy it!

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