Going into a dress shop and trying to find the dress that fits your body the best can be overwhelming and discouraging. I put together a full list of how to determine your best gown style for YOU.
This guide is great for finding a dress for Prom, Wedding, Military Ball, Formal Event, etc. When Jason was in the military, finding a dress for the ball was discouraging at times, until I found the styles that work the best for me and my body type.
Pear: The best neckline to wear is a sweetheart, it flatters your curves but draws the eye upward instead of at your hips. A loose flowy skirt is a great way to balance out your figure. Try either a Ball Gown to a Fit/Flare silhouette.
Apple: The v-neck is the best style for you. It compliments your curves up top while still balancing out your hips and drawing more attention to your shoulders. A flared shape of skirt with layers is a great compliment to a v neckline. Try a Princess/A-line or Empire Waistline dress.
Straight: This is my body type. It took me years of wearing the wrong style to figure this one out. I believe it was actually when I tried on my wedding dress I solved the mystery. The sweetheart neckline is by far the most flattering! It defines the waistline and alludes to having a more hourglass figure then what is actually there. A full skirt is best to balance out your shoulders. Try a Ball gown or Fit/Flare style for the maximum compliment to your body.
Curvy: To flatter your curves, try a scoop neck up top. This a great compliment to a mermaid skirt that would accentuate your curves and elongate your legs Try a Mermaid/Trumpet, Princess/A-line, or a Column/Sheath style next time.
Full Bust: The perfect neckline is one that is slightly curved that ends in a v. This is a great balance to a full a-line skirt that will give you accentuation in the right areas. Try a full A-line skirt or Ball Gown.