A Flattering Little Black Dress for Every Body Type
It’s always there for you, ready in your closet at a moment’s notice. It goes with everything, is appropriate for any occasion, and never goes out of style. We found a host of LBDs that are destined to be the most flattering thing you own, no matter your shape or size.
If You’re Tall…
A long torso and even longer legs may seem like enviable assets, but they do have a way of making even modest hemlines look anything but. Designers and brands that cut specifically for tall women pay attention to proportions, so dress hemlines and waists hit in just the right spots. The wrap detail on this slim-fit—but not skin-tight—dress creates flattering lines for any body type.
To buy: ASOS TALL wrap tea dress with long sleeve, $43; asos.com.
If You’re Petite…
It can be easy to overpower smaller frames with exaggerated details like embellishments and full or wide cuts. Take note of the finer points of this pretty frock: Vertically oriented pinstripes help visually elongate your silhouette, while a jewel neckline and waist-defining belt add plenty of interest without overwhelming.
To buy: Ann Taylor petite wool pinstripe flare dress, $169; anntaylor.com.
If You Have Full Hips and Thighs…
Fit-and-flare styles that cinch at the waist and have a fuller skirt create the illusion that the slim lines at the narrowest part of your torso continue down through your hips. For the optimal figure flattery, opt for a hemline that hits your leg at its slenderest point, either just beneath the knee or just below the swell of your calf.
To buy: Eliza J lace midi dress, $178; nordstrom.com.
If You’re Plus Size With Curves…
Wrap dresses were made for you! The tie closure adjusts to fit exactly where needed, so you can highlight the slimmest part of your waist—a good strategy for any body shape. The soft jersey material of this style drapes gently to flaunt curves and skim over any lumps or bumps, and the tulip-style skirt helps make legs look longer and leaner.
To buy: Vince Camuto plus size 3/4-sleeve faux wrap dress, $120; zappos.com.
If You Have a Tummy…
Defining the slimmest part of your torso is the way to go. For many women who have a tummy or lack an hourglass-like waist, this is often just under the bust, making an empire style your best bet. Look for dresses with a sleek A-line (as opposed to retro, “babydoll” styles, which feature ruching or pleats that add bulk where you don’t want it).
To buy: Adrianna Papell sleeveless midi taffeta dress, $160; dillards.com.
If You’re Plus Size With a Tummy…
A silhouette that skims your tummy—rather than anything tight or restrictive—is your most flattering (and comfortable!) bet. The chic fringe detail on this dress makes it a stunning option for anything from date night to attending a formal wedding.
To buy: Lane Bryant fringe draped dress, $100; lanebryant.com.