6 Pretty Summer Dresses for Every Body Type

Looking for a new frock to add to your warm-weather wardrobe? These six picks were designed to fit, flatter, and feel great, no matter your shape or size.


If You’re Tall…


A few extra inches may seem like a blessing (no heels required!), but it’s hard to rock the “midi” trend when hemlines brush your knees instead of your calves. This dress comes in extended sizes—which are exactly that: Specifically cut for taller proportions, so the straps, waist, and hem all hit right where they should.

To buy: Banana Republic paisley strappy midi dress, $110; bananarepublic.com.

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If You’re Petite…


Vertical lines (like a long maxi dress) and continuous patterns have visually elongating powers and, even though it’s bold and graphic, this floral print isn’t oversized so it won’t overwhelm. Plus, the petite sizing on this option means there’s no need to hem the bottom.

To buy: White House Black Market pleated floral maxi dress, $160; whitehouseblackmarket.com.

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If You Have Full Hips and Thighs…


Embrace the very au courant full skirt trend. The flared, A-line shape makes your waist look whittled, and the generous cut won’t feel restrictive or pull across your lap like a pencil skirt.

To buy: Taylor Dresses check stretch cotton fit & flare dress, $118; nordstrom.com.

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If You’re Plus Size With Curves…


Pick a piece that flaunts your hourglass figure. This wrap style means you can adjust it to your perfect fit and show off your narrow waist. The fabric is made with spandex, so it gives in all the right places and drapes just so.

To buy: Lane Bryant essential wrap dress by Kiyonna, $108; lanebryant.com.

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If You Have a Tummy…


Hesitant to show off your midsection? Consider summer your season. The warmer months were made for loose, swingy styles (which also happen to be your best bet when it comes to figure-flattery). Play up the simple silhouette with on-trend details like an off-the-shoulder neckline.

To buy: Mango off shoulder dress, $40; mango.com.

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If You’re Plus Size With a Tummy…


Try defining the slimmest part of your torso—often just below the bust. Dresses with a waist that sits a little higher, like an empire style, will do the trick (the waistband on this one is stretchy, so it always fits just right).

To buy: Torrid floral lace sundress, $58.50; torrid.com.

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