Summer party season is here! Whether you have an evening wedding or an outdoor soirée on the books, a cocktail dress is always a good choice. It’s not exactly ballroom-wear, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be glamorous and fashionable. Your typical cocktail dress is around knee-length, can be just about any color or material, and will make you feel a million bucks.
A study conducted by North Carolina State University showed that there are four main different body types for women. If you’re wondering, "What’s my cocktail dress body type?" — here’s a short breakdown to help you find the best cocktail dress for you.
Spoon (Pear): A pear-shaped figure where the hip measurement is noticeably larger than the bust measurement.
Best Cocktail Dress for Spoon Body Types: A wrap dress. As one of the most flattering dress cuts around, the wrap dress can look good on practically every body type because of its many variations, and it does wonders for the spoon shape as it defines the waist and doesn’t accentuate the difference between the top and bottom halves of the body.
Inverted Triangle (Apple): The shoulders are broader and the bust is bigger than the hips.
Best Cocktail Dress for Inverted Triangle Body Types: The fit-and-flare dress will give the illusion of curves. Its cinched waist and flared skirt help to emphasize the hips, giving the illusion of an hourglass shape to any body type.
Rectangular (Banana): The waist is less than nine inches smaller than the hips or bust, giving more of a straight or athletic figure.
Best Cocktail Dress for Rectangular Body Types: Again, the fit-and-flare dress is the clear winner here. It will do wonders for a rectangular body shape, as it will give the illusion of curves and highlight any existing ones.
Hourglass Body Type: Equal hip and bust measurements with a narrow waist.
Best Cocktail Dress for Hourglass Body Types: The sheath dress is perfect for the hourglass figure. With its long lines that help elongate the body and a form-fitting waist that will highlight all your best features, a sheath cocktail dress is sure to make hourglass women look and feel wonderful.
Ready to shop? Whatever your body type, we’ve got the perfect cocktail dresses for you to choose from. Keep scrolling top shop Woman's World's picks for the best cocktail dresses for women over 50.
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