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Look amazing in any style dress with the fashion tips in these Howcast videos.
You Will Need
- Knowledge of your body type
- Jewelry (optional)
- Strappy heels (optional)
Choose clothes that complement your chest
Concentrate on details that draw the eye away from your chest if you're large-busted. Look for pretty empire waists and sleek necklines that de-emphasize the bust. Also look for full, bra-friendly straps that offer additional support.
Choose clothes that complement your hips
Balance a pear shape with a fluid bottom to cover the hips, and play up your arms and neckline. Try a strapless or halter dress with an empire waist, or opt for an A-line tunic, which draws the eye upward.
Create curves to soften a slim, boyish figure with a V-neck halter dress, or try layers of ruffles to create a soft shape. Look for vertical stitches and seams, which achieve the illusion of curves.
Don't overwhelm a petite frame
Avoid overwhelming a petite frame. Try a bold, colorful dress, but keep it in proportion with neutral accessories -- basic dress cuts flatter a smaller figure. Check out tunics, shifts, and tank dresses that elongate your frame.
De-emphasize apple shape
Skim your midsection if you have an apple shape. Look for dresses with a flattering neckline, such as an empire waist, that elongates the torso. Emphasize your lower half with fluid, A-line skirts.