How often have you absolutely fallen in love with a dress, only to try and on and be disappointed by how it looked on you? That sort of frustration isn’t something you need to grapple with every time you go shopping. With the temperatures soaring, it’s time to dazzle everyone with the perfect summer dress that helps you beat the heat while staying fashionable.

In our summer dress guide, we’ve listed the best summer dresses for your body type. So take a look at how to choose the right summer dress for your body type.

Body type: Apple

When your body type is like an apple, your top half is bigger than the bottom half and as a result, you might have a large chest and stomach but small hips. It’s also the body type when your shoulders are broad and you don’t have a well-defined waistline.

The problem is finding dresses that are flattering to this body type. Most dresses that fit well around your shoulders tend to hang loose over your waist and hips. They emphasize your lack of a well defined waistline and make you seem broader than you actually are.

While shopping for summer dresses, look for the ones that draw attention to your neckline such as V-neck dresses or dresses with plunging necklines. A-line dresses and dresses with voluminous skirts also do a great job of slimming your upper body and drawing the focus to your legs. Other flattering summer dresses include wrap dresses and dresses with wide belts.

Body type: Pear

A pear body type is when your bottom half is bigger than your top half and as a result, you might have a small chest and slim waist, but wide hips. It’s the body type where your shoulders are smaller than your hips.

Opt for dresses that draw attention to the top half of your body, especially your slim waist. Avoid straight cut summer dresses and balloon dresses. Instead, look for dresses that accentuate your chest and waist. Off-the-shoulder dresses, A-line dresses, belted dresses and wrap dresses are the best choices for this body type.

Body type: Hourglass

The envy of almost every woman worldwide, an hourglass shape is when both the top and the bottom halves of your body are well-proportioned with a well-defined waist. The body type is considered curvy and while several women consider it to be ideal, dressing this body type isn’t always easy.

Avoid loose-fitting and flowy dresses as they don’t do much to accentuate your curvy figure. Instead, opt for dresses that highlight your narrow waist, your chest and your curvy hips. Wrap dresses, fit and flare, bodycon dresses and belted dresses are perfect for showing off your best assets. Any summer dress with a scoop, sweetheart, halter or V neckline also plays into your strengths.

Body type: Straight

A straight or rectangular body type is when there is no significant difference between the size of your hips, waist and shoulders. While this body type is waif-like and resembles the build of a supermodel, finding summer dresses that make you look feminine is a challenge.

Since lack of curves is a major drawback, look for dresses that create the illusion of curves or accentuate your waistline. Opt for strapless or plunging necklines (with the right push up bra) to make your chest look fuller. Choose summer dresses that create a waistline such as A-line dresses, belted dresses and shirt dresses that highlight your narrow waist and show off your toned legs while adding a feminine appeal to your outfit.

To find your dream summer dress, you need to truly understand your body and the way it’s built. Once you know your body type, it’s relatively easy to pick a dress flattering to your silhouette. Everyone is built differently and with this guide, you will be able to pick the right summer dress for your body.

Ritika Tiwari
Freelance Writer/ Blogger/ Content Strategist