Best Prom Dress for Your Body Type

We know what dress will flatter your figure. All you have to do is follow these rules ... provided by the pros, of course

Prom Dresses for Rectangular Body Types

Prom Dresses for Rectangular Body Types

Girls with a rectangular body type or a boyish figure should look for dresses that create the illusion of curves. Before you reach for a push-up bra or a pair of padded panties, we’d like to suggest another way. Wolford suggests looking for a dress that cinches in at the waist. Rygorsky says that you can also create shape with color blocking. “Look for a dress with a different color on the top than the bottom; this will help visually break up the torso,” she says.

To cut your browsing time in half, Cox has a tip: “Look at the dress on the hanger. If it already doesn’t have shape, pass it up. It’s not even worth trying on.”

Our prom dress picks for you:

BCBG Max Azria Dress Strapless Pleated Empire Waist Evening Gown, $298: This dress adds fullness to the bust through pleating, and also cinches in at the waist to create a more hourglass shape.

Reverse Dress with PVC Bustier and Hi-Low Hem, $85.94: The reason this dress works for a girl with a rectangular figure is the way it uses color to break up the body (aka color blocking). And this gown also picks up on one of Wolford’s favorite prom trends: the high-low dress.