Choosing a Prom Dress by Body Type

Prom dresses just like women come in all shapes and sizes; we’re here to help you find the one that looks best on your body type.

Pear Shapes - For pear shapes we recommend prom dresses with fitted tops and full or a-line skirts. Or if you are comfortable with your larger behind, go for prom dresses that are a bit more form fitting.

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Slender - If you have a slim figure the illusion of curves can be achieved by drawing attention to your bust line or a prom dress that bells out. Also, you might try prom dresses that draw attention to your waist such as a wrap dress or one with a belt.

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Busty - You can play up what you have by choosing from prom dresses with a gorgeous neckline; but look for prom dresses with fuller coverage so you can make sure you have adequate support. If you would like to draw attention away from your chest; look for prom dresses that attracts the eye to the hem.

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Petite - If you are petite show a little leg and go with an asymmetrical hemline or a long fitted solid prom dress to make you appear taller. Floor lengthball gowns tend to overwhelm your frame. Long ruffles can also add the illusion of height.

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Hourglass - If you have an hourglass figure consider yourself lucky! You have a naturally well proportioned body with means you don't need to disguise any thing. Almost every style prom dress will flatter your figure. Have fun with it!

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Apple - For an apple shaped body prom dresses with an empire waist will help draw attention from your middle. Also a higher waistline means the prom dress may not be as tight in your problem area. If you have nice athletic legs, you might try to show them off by looking at shorter prom dresses.

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Prom Dress Terms and Descriptions

Now we need to find the perfect prom dress for you; you must decide what looks best on you. What you wear to prom depends on you and your image. The accessories can help you decide your style; but when picking a prom dress, it is important to understand prom dress terms so you can be better prepared to choose the prom dress which best flatters your body type.


  • Princess or A-line prom dresses skims your outline forming an A. The A- line dress is narrow near the waist and flares out to the hem.
  • The Ball Gown can either have a top with a fitted waist or you can choose one with a corset style top. Both tops work with the Ball Gown’s large, billowing skirt.
  • The Empire is a neckline that is scooped out with a high waist that falls above the natural waist (think of such movies as A&E’sPride and Prejudice and Age of Innocence).
  • Then there are the various types of sheath prom dresses that cling to the body. • You also have different types of sleeves. There is the cap sleeve, which is short and only covers the shoulders and upper arm. This style of sleeve really shows off toned arms.
  • Juliet sleeves puff at the shoulders then taper to the wrist.
  • There are also sleeves which start just below the shoulders. This is a good option for anyone who wants to show off nice shoulders and neckline without having to invest in a wrap in case of cool weather.
  • Of course, you could also go with spaghetti straps which are very thin straps, as the name implies, and no sleeves. You could also be daring and show off a little more skin by going with a strapless prom dress. There are also so various necklines to consider...
  • The Sweetheart neckline is shaped like the top of a heart on your prom dress.
  • The Jewel neckline on a prom dress is a round neckline just above the collarbone.
  • There is the Bandeau or Boat neckline, which skims the collarbone (think of a sailor).