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Which Style Prom Dress Suits My Shape? | UPDATED 2022

2022.01.26

There are so many options to choose from when it comes to shopping for your prom dress that it can be easy to get overwhelmed! It can be even more difficult when it comes to choosing a dress that is perfect for your body type! That’s why we at Faviana wanted to help you find ‘My Shape’.

Picking the perfect dress is all about knowing which dress will best accentuate your figure by highlighting your best features, and hiding the ones you’d rather not show off. When it comes to dressing, it is all about creating balance with proportions. Faviana has got you covered with the latest tips on how to find the perfect prom dress for your body type.

Girls in Colorful Rhinestone Prom Dresses
Photo Credit: Trudy's Prom

First, Identify ‘My Shape

  1. If you’re below 5’3, you have a petite body type!
  2. If you’re curvy with proportionate bust to hips and a well defined waist, you have an hourglass body type!
  3. If your bust, waist, and hip measurements close to the same, you have a boxy body type!
  4. If your hips are larger than your bust with a well-defined waist, you have a pear body type!
  5. If you have narrow hips, a generally undefined waistline and a large bust, you might have a busty body type!
  6. If you carry most of your weight around your torso, an average-large bust and have slimmer legs, you might have an apple body type!
  7. If you have a generally thin frame throughout, you have a slender body type!

Now that you figured out what shape you are, scroll down to read our best prom tips on how to balance your proportions and choose a complimentary style for your shape.

My Shape: Petite Princess

Emerald Green Sequin Short Dress - Faviana Style S10619
Faviana Style S10619

Embrace your size! Don’t get lost in a gown with extra fabric — instead, go for something that shows your body off like Faviana Style S10619 for example!  You want to create the illusion of height rather than being overwhelmed in material. A shorter hemline, asymmetrical hemline or a slightly higher thigh slit can add inches to your frame.

Opt for a short dress as opposed to a longer or fuller skirt, as the added fabric might end up enveloping your figure! Elongate your figure with fitted dresses with delicate embellishments and detailing, and maybe a V-neckline and vertical prints.

Don’t forget that a good pair of platforms can go a long way. Not only do they add even more inches, but they are also a lot easier and more comfortable to walk in than a thin sole.

My Shape: Hourglass Hottie

Faviana Heat Stone Plus Size Dress with Rhinestones - Faviana Style 9519
Faviana Style 9519

Show off those gorgeous curves, girl! Look for a gown that hugs them and flares out at the base. Try one of our favorites, Faviana Style 9519, to flatter your shape. The heat stone detailing helps further accentuate your well-defined waist and pull the whole look together.

With this body shape, try going for fitted dresses/tops, regular or accented waistlines, V or open necklines and wrap dresses; these will all look fabulous on you! The stretch charmeuse material is super comfortable. Style 9519 with crystal accents or silver jewelry to stand out!

The beauty of being blessed with an hourglass figure is that you are naturally born with stunning proportions. You can get away with wearing nearly anything, so rock it babe!

My Shape: Boxy Beauty

Silk Charmeuse Gown With Leg Slit and V-Neck - Faviana Style S10209
Faviana Style S10209

With boxy shapes, the key is to give an illusion of a waist while showing off your best asset.  Your legs!

Faviana Style S10209 features a beaded detailed front and back that transitions into a figure-hugging skirt to give you that tiny waist aesthetic. Also, try anything with a high slit to elongate your body and show off your killer legs. This stunning gown is sure to be a show-stopper no matter how you style it. 

My Shape: Pretty as a Pear

Dark Green Long Dress With Ruched Waist and Leg Slit - Faviana Style S10685
Faviana Style S10685

Show off that upper body and highlight your collarbone, beautiful! Try Faviana S10685 to help bring out that perfect pear shape. This strappy gown is subtle, but classic, showing just the right amount of skin! The dress fits snug to your upper body while the slit and loose skirt falls freely over your hips. 

Show off your waist with a thin evening belt and add volume to your upper body. Do this with a fitted, open neck or strapless top!

Try wearing a modern, sophisticated dress like this with glam jewelry to make a statement.

My Shape: Bust Beautiful

Long Dress with Charmeuse Skirt and Appliqué Bodice - Faviana Style S10537
Faviana Style S10537

Draw attention up, add curves to your hips and define your waist to create balance. A long dress is the best fit as the extra fabric below will help you create that balance of proportions. Faviana Style S10537 is great for you because the slight V-Neck will help you show off your curves while there is enough coverage to keep everything in place.  The glossy charmeuse dress flatters both slender and curvy figures and is free flowing enough to create the curves in the hip area and accentuate the best, perfectly flattering your body.

Rhinestone Plus Size Dress With V-Neck - Faviana 9518
Faviana Style 9518

This gown’s v-neckline combined with the fit and flare skirt with draped fabric all the way down focuses the majority of the attention to your top. Complete the look with chandelier earrings and sparkly bracelets. Feel stunning at prom, homecoming, a gala, or at an evening event.

My Shape: Elegant Apple

V-neck dress with lace-up back and full skirt with pockets - Faviana Style S10252
Faviana Style S10252

Dresses with empire waists, A-line or full skirts, and embellished tops will draw the eye up away from your middle. Faviana Style S10252 is a good fit because it tights up around your top while the empire waist and thin straps will help keep the attention towards your collarbone. You will feel comfort and ease with a fuller skirt; perfect for your fairytale night at prom!

My Shape: Slender Sweetheart

Lilac Strapless Corset Dress with Lace Detailing and Leg Slit - Faviana Style S10647
Faviana Style S10647

Accent your streamline physique by selecting a more fitted dress that creates shape. You can do this with an a corset bodice and a more slimming, hourglass silhouette with a thigh slit to add curves.

Faviana Style S10647 is a perfect glam or edgy prom dress style for you because of the high slit but also because the structured bustier and fitted fabric will give the illusion of curves. I would recommend staying away from styles that have too much fabric as that might drown your body. And since you are naturally gifted with a slender frame, show it off!

Once you have figured out which silhouette best compliments your figure, you can start to think about what look you’re going for. Whether you’re looking for an edgy prom dress or bohemian prom dress or any style for prom, be sure to check out all of Faviana’s Style options for prom here!

Let us know what type of dresses work best with your body type! Check back for more awesome fashion tips for prom from the Faviana team. Be sure to send us pictures of your favorite prom styles, and let us know what you think by tagging us on our Instagram @faviana, TikTok @favianany, and on our Twitter, @favianany. We’d love to see what looks you come up with!

xoxo,

Faviana


Edited by : Sam Bruno, Diego Ledezma