The Best Dress Styles for a Boyish Body Shape

Not all women are gifted with curves. Some women have a straight body shape or a boyish figure that can be a little challenging to dress. Celebrities with this body shape include Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz, and Kristen Stewart. If you have the same figure and want to create a curvier appearance, below are the best dress styles you should stock in your closet.

Empire Waist

Empire waists gather just around the bust area and create a flared silhouette on the bottom. This type of line is flattering because it enhances the hips and gives emphasis to your top. This style is best on taller women.

Bobi Gauze Strapless Ruffle Dress3Bobi Gauze Strapless Ruffle Dress, $59 (before: $83)

Gypsy 05 Galactica V-Bottom Maxi Dress3Gypsy 05 Galactica V-Bottom Maxi Dress, $209

Volume

Peplums, fit and flares, bubble skirts — they all have one thing in common — volume. These dress styles add much-needed volume to narrow body shapes. Don’t be shy about wearing bold prints as well because they are known to create a wider appearance, too.

Charles Henry Metallic Tulip Dress3Charles Henry Metallic Tulip Dress, $265

L'America Come Alive Colorblock Fit & Flare Dress3L’America Come Alive Colorblock Fit & Flare Dress, $139

Juicy Couture Deco Holiday Print Dress3Juicy Couture Deco-Holiday-Print Dress, $178

Ruffles

Strategically placed details like ruffles can flatter a boyish figure. If you need to enhance your bust area, go for dresses with ruffles on the bodice. If you want wider hips, the ruffles should be placed on the bottom part of the dress.

Thread Short Strapless Double Ruffle Dress3Thread Short Strapless Double-Ruffle Dress, $118.50 (before: $395)

RED Valentino Drop Waist Ruffle Dress3RED Valentino Drop-Waist Ruffle Dress, $695

A surefire way to create a curvy silhouette is by wearing a belt with your dress. This cinches and defines your waist, giving you a curvier shape. Avoid loose-fitting garments because they can drown you out and make you even more shapeless, especially if you are petite.

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