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How to Dress for Your Body Type | Little Black Dresses that Deliver

Showing women how to dress for their body type is one of my personal stylist superpowers. There are three dresses that deliver for any body shape. These little black dress styles don’t just look good on the hanger, they have design details that help you get the most flattering fit. If you know you’re “shift”, you can wear these magic little black dresses now and later. If you’ve got your basic black dress arsenal covered skip to THIS POST to see the most flattering little white dresses of 2023 and how to style them.

1 | Slip Dress for Your Body Type

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All slip dresses are not created equal. Here, you get what you pay for. The most flattering styles are usually cut on the bias and made of premium fabrics like satin.

All Saints Slip Dresses

Watch how I made 3 dress outfits with this slip dress and 3 pieces from Amazon for under $25 HERE. You can shop the Amazon outfit HERE.

The Best Slip Dress

This Vince slip dress has fit every woman I’ve ever seen it on. It’s cut on the bias so it doesn’t cling to your curves. The rumpled satin makes this slip dress the perfect choice to travel with because it doesn’t wrinkle and the subtle texture helps this typically sultry dress take on a more casual vibe.

Vince Slip Dress

2 | Wrap Dress for Your Body Type

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This surplus-style wrap dress was on the 2022 Nsale. It’s made with the most amazing fabric blend that is cool enough to wear right now when it’s hot but will look just as good this winter with black boots and tights.

Now That’s a Wrap

Wrap-style dresses do the best job of flattering a women’s waist, no matter what size, by directing the eye at an angle across the body. Surplus or wrap styles are especially helpful if you have a body type that is boxy or straight up and down.

Ways to Tie a Wrap Dress

Learn how to tie a wrap dress three ways here on Instagram. This green dress is still available in a few sizes here.

3 | Fit & Flare for Your Body Type


This is a broad category, but one I suggest and wear all the time. The most important thing to remember about this style, which makes it so flattering, is that it tacks or touches along your ribcage. Usually the closer to your armhole the better. This not only narrows your waist but elongates your leg line all while keeping your middle minimized. Get 4 outfit ideas with a fit and flare dress HERE ON INSTAGRAM.

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2023 Fit & Flare Dresses

These 3 dresses have some of the most flattering necklines too.

Shape Up

To keep the shape and your leg-line long layer this style dress with a trendy cropped jacket or cardigan.

2023 Short Fit and Flare Dresses

Nude Shoe = Legs for Days

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From my blog post, a Tee Shirt Dress is the Best this Summer.

The comfort and versatility of a tee shirt dress in the summer make it a piece I’m constantly grabbing this summer. See how I styled this one 3 ways here on Instagram and use the outfits in THIS POST from June 2022 as inspiration for this summer

2022 NSale Capsule Wardrobe

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One of my favorite sleeveless styles is this one. It comes in 6 colors, regular and plus size. The short sleeve version was part of the N6 June Drop.

2023 Looser T-Shirt Styles

If you want one a little nicer that will last longer or fit a little looser around those curves try one of these.


Flattering White Dresses | How To Style a White Dress

When you know how to style a white dress it can be just as flattering and versatile as a classic little black one.

Pattern Dresses | The Trick To Picking a Popular Print That Suits Your Personal Style

Pattern dresses are rapidly getting added to shopping bags online. The trick is picking a popular print that suits your personal style.

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As professional personal stylists, we swear by these 6 things that are new at Nordstrom and you need now for spring.

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