How to Find the Perfect Sundress for Your Body Type

June 8, 2011

Easy and breezy, sundresses are a summer staple that can go from desk to weekend to vacation. Find the best style for whatever you want to hide or enhance.

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If You're Short...

Look for an A-line style that falls right at your knee, and don't forget that a quick trip to the seamstress can bring the length up if needed. The ruffled style of this top is perfect for making smaller busts look bigger. Fitted tanks and v-necks can actually minimize already-petite shapes. The wrap fit of this dress will also ensure it fits your unique shape.

Lauren Ralph Lauren georgette dress, $144;

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If You're Tall and Slender

A sheath dress will best compliment a long torso. This loose tank style (worn bra-less if you're daring) is chic and works best with a boyish frame.

Gap shift, $34.95;

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If You're Shy About Your Arms...

Not all sundresses are tanks! Tunics and southwestern-inspired dresses (we loved the ones from Fendi's spring runway show!) are in this season and provide floaty, comfortable upper-arm coverage that won't stifle you. Avoid a tight, quarter-length sleeve that will only draw more attention to your problem zone.

Tory Burch ruffled dress, $425;

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If You Have a Tummy...

If you gain weight in your midsection, a style with a tie-belt is your best camouflaging bet. With loose fabric above and below the waist, nothing will pull unattractively or draw attention to your trouble zone.

Club Monaco cotton dress, $149;

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If You Want to Cover Your Thighs...

Pick a sturdier fabric like seersucker over thin silk or rayon to avoid any clinging to your widest part. The longer length of this classic fit is chic this season and won't show too much leg.

L.L.Bean Signature cotton dress, $99;

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