One of the major considerations when selecting your 2010 prom dress is your body type. There are 4 basic body types: hourglass, pear-shaped, straight and rounded. By knowing what kind of dress fits well on your body type, you can cut your shopping time considerably.
Hourglass figures are curvy. People with hourglass figures can pull off almost anything, and tend to look good in most outfits. Consider wearing a mermaid dress or a sheath style dress in order to show off your curves. Gowns with cinched waists and sashes can further minimize your middle and flaunt your figure. Halter and strapless tops will also work for you.
If your bottom is bigger than your top, then you are most likely pear-shaped. Complement your figure by choosing a prom dress that keeps the focus away from your bottom. You can make your hips appear smaller by selecting gowns with full skirts, such as a ball gown. A dress with an empire cut can also help by lengthening your legs, making you look taller than you actually are and giving an added impression of balance. Also try off-shoulder pieces, as this style keeps the focus on your upper body.
Boyish or straight figures should shy away from body-hugging pieces. The A-line dress is a good choice, as it can add more curves to your square figure, while emphasizing your lean frame. The empire dress can also help create the illusion of a bigger bust, by keeping the focus on the neckline. You may also want to try a dress with a low-cut V-neck, which can help draw attention to the chest and make it look fuller.
Round figures may want to opt for dresses with corset-style tops. These dresses can help shape your upper body, moving the emphasis to your bust and hips, instead of your midsection. You may also want to go for tops with dropped waists, as this can help elongate your torso. If you also have heavy arms, you may want to choose a dress with sleeves. An off-shoulder dress or a sweetheart gown is also a good choice.
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