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Shopping for special occasion dresses to wear for Prom, evening, formal, cocktail and weddings can be super challenging if you’re unsure which style best fits and flatter your body type. 

To learn the shape of your figure, ​start by looking in the mirror at those gorgeous curves that are uniquely special to your body.  Note the widest measurements on your body and also the narrowest measurement. You want to spot an outline of a shape that -  for most of us - falls into six basic body types.

Once you’ve identified your body shape, take a look at these ​fool-proof tips from the fashion experts at Sydney’s Closet on how to select the perfect Prom, evening, formal, cocktail or wedding dress to best suit your body type. 

Styling Tip: The secret to shopping for the perfect special occasion dress hinges on finding the most body flattering dress that makes you feel the best!


Your figure gets its name from the curved middle section of your torso that rounds out like the side of an apple. That shape makes your waist the widest measurement.  You have slim legs and hips.

Apple figures should favor styles that take draw the eye up.

A-line formal dresses work perfectly for you by adding volume to your lower body to balance out the middle.

Empire designs have a high set waistline that can make you look taller while whittling down your waistline.


If you’re blessed with a voluptuous bust and wide-set shoulders that sit on narrow hips and slim legs, then you have an Inverted Triangle figure. 

If you have a busty figure, you want to strike a balance between your generous top and your narrower bottom.  Do that by drawing ​up to your face and wearing designs that add curves to your hips and define your waist. 

Shop for A-line dresses that create a proportion for your figure by adding volume to your hips with a more full skirt.  Necklines that work for you include halter, scoop, sweetheart, V-neck or sexy plunging!

You want to keep an eye out for special occasion dresses with the support and structure to give those girls the support they need. ​A gown with a corset bodice gives your bust a big boost. Also, look for these design details to cater to your large chest:

● built-in bustiers
● bra-friendly straps
● bra cups graded to your dress size


It’s easy to spot your Hourglass Body Shape because your proportionate figure.  Your hips and bust measurements are close in size with a narrow and oh-so well defined waist. 

Celebrate your figure wearing dresses that highlight your well-defined natural waist. Your stunning figure looks gorgeous in curve hugging ​Mermaid silhouettes and designs with form-fitting bodices, V-necklines and open  and body-con dresses. Form fitting bodices, Vnecks, open neck. A wrap dress showcases your fabulously proportioned curves.


If you’re a pear-shaped figure, you have full hips and a well-defined waistline. Take note that your body is smaller above the waist. 

The key to dress shopping for a pear body type is to even out your body. You want to find a dress design that adds volume to your upper body. 

Shop for A-line dresses with open necklines and other attention-grabbing details that can make your shoulders appear wider than they really are. One-shoulder designs drive the eye up shifting attention to your neck and face. Try to find gowns with a fit and flare, trumpet and Mermaid silhouette.