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Choosing the Best Plus-Size Dress for Your Body Type [Lookbook]

Are you an A-line or an empire gal?

Do you look best in a corset dress or in an off-the-shoulder cut? Yes, you can look like a model, even if you’re not a size 2! Creating a flattering look that celebrates your style is all about knowing how certain silhouettes work with your individual body type. We break down 6 popular dress styles to help you decide:

woman in pink and black houndstooth dress with self belt and peplum hem


An empire waist is gathered just beneath the bust, rather than at your natural waistline. This emphasizes your upper body and is a good choice for women with triangular, rectangular, or oval body types.


An A-Line silhouette is triangular-shaped, with a fitted bodice that flares out from just below the bustline. It complements all body types; just be sure to choose a sturdy fabric that retains the contours of the dress.

“This dress fits like a glove! I’m in love…it’s absolutely something every woman should have in their closet!”

Colleen (Massachusetts )


A peplum dress features a ruffle attached to the waistline of a formfitting silhouette. This makes the waist appear narrower than the shoulders and minimizes hips, creating the perfect style for rectangular or oval-shaped women.


Sheath dresses don’t have a defined waistline. Instead, they fall straight from the shoulders. They’re a great option for women whose shoulders are wider than or equal to the circumference of their waist, such as rectangular and apple shapes.

“Beautiful and fit well! Beautiful color for Spring.”


A Few More

Fit & Flare dresses have a cut that enhances your waist and creates a proportionate and defined upper and lower body.

Off-the-shoulder dresses embody a casually chic style and balance the upper body.

Corset dresses hug most of the torso and cinch the waist. They are suitable for all body types.

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