How to Find the Perfect Prom Dress for Your Body Type

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Shopping for a dress that perfectly fits your figure can be overwhelming – especially when it comes to finding one for the biggest event of the school year! For your upcoming prom, you’ll want to wear a fashionable dress that you feel confident in, so you can have fun while taking photos with your friends and dancing the night away. Whether you have a balanced or undefined figure, our body shape guide will help you find the perfect style that highlights your best features.  


Apple Body Shape

Apple-shaped figures tend to have broader shoulders, a wider torso, an undefined waist and a fuller bust. For this body type, you’ll want to choose a style that will elongate your slender legs and show-off your striking shoulders, while de-emphasizing your midsection. Consider a flowy off-the-shoulder prom dress or an empire-waist dress that falls delicately over your waistline and balances your silhouette. For a more daring look, choose this modified mermaid gown with a plunging neckline that will certainly be eye-catching. Since your legs are also one of you best features, you can also choose a high-low ballgown that shows your legs in the front and drapes in the back for an elegant look. 


Mikado High Low Ball Gown 

Pear or Triangle Body Shape

A pear-shaped body type, or a triangle body type, has a fuller lower body, wider hips and smaller bust. When you have a pear-shaped body type, you’ll want to highlight your upper body and small, defined waist. A fitted top with a flowing skirt at the bottom, like this beaded gown with a halter neckline and chiffon skirt, is a great choice for your prom dress. You can also opt for this traditional Grecian-inspired, one shoulder beaded gown for a more classic style. Try to avoid long-sleeve prom dresses that will hide your upper body.


Shirred Chiffon Halter Gown with Beaded Neckline 


Busty or Inverted Triangle Body Shape

The inverted triangle shape, or busty body type, means you have wider shoulders and a larger bust with slim hips and slender legs. With this body type, you’ll want to balance your silhouette with an A-line dress, such as this sparkling, sleeveless evening gown. You can also accentuate your hips with a mermaid or trumpet gown that is fitted on the top, like this gorgeous beaded gown with elegant velvet designs. This body shape also favors a strapless gown with a beautiful necklace to show off your shoulders and neck. 


Tulle Trumpet Gown with Beaded Drop Waist Bodice 


Rectangle Body Shape

The rectangle body shape means you have similar measurements throughout your entire body. You don't have much change between your bust, waist and hips, which means you will want to focus on creating a curvy, feminine shape to your body. When browsing through different styles, look for dramatic necklines with trumpet or mermaid skirts to add curves, such as this embroidered tulle gown with plunging v-neckline. Or try this mermaid-style dress to create a fitted silhouette that highlights your hips.


Beaded One Shoulder Gown with Slit Mermaid Skirt 


Hourglass Body Shape

An hourglass body shape means you have a well-balanced body. Your bust and hips are the same measurements and you have a narrow waist. For this body type, you’ll want to accentuate and show off your curves. Don't try to hide the appearance of your body; instead, opt for a dress that highlights your waist and has a high neckline, like this embellished halter prom dress with an open back.  You can also go for a sultry look in this fitted mermaid gown with spaghetti straps. With an hourglass shape, you have a wide array of prom dresses that will fit your body type. Feel free to choose the sleeves that fit your style preferences.


Sequin Mermaid Gown with Spaghetti Straps 


Prom Dress Finishing Touches 

Your body type shouldn’t be the only factor you consider when making your final decision on a prom dress. Prom gowns come in a variety of colors, so try to select one that suits your skin tone. If you have a warm skin tone, then opt for pink, red, yellow or orange colors. If you have a cool skin tone, then you’ll want a dress in blue, purple or green. Neutral skin tones allow you to choose any color that fits your style preferences.

You also want to select jewelry that fits your dress. If you have a dress with sequins and beading, then keep your jewelry simple and elegant. For example, wear stud earrings rather than dangling earrings. If your dress is simple, then you can choose more interesting designs for your jewelry. Choose from a variety of accessories in the Adrianna Papell jewelry collection based on the color and style of your dress.




Even though prom dress shopping can be challenging, it should also be fun! Don’t let your body type restrict you from trying new styles and trends and always opt for the prom dress that makes you feel the most beautiful and confident you can be. If you choose the dress that reflects your own personal style, your prom night will be unforgettable.