Dress for Your Shape

Mar 23, 2020

At John Charles we believe that every body is beautiful. We also understand that everyone has their hang-up’s and that the key to occasion dressing is finding a gown that makes you feel amazing. Confidence is the ultimate accessory and what you should expect for a special event. We’ve put together a guide based on the customer queries we get most often relating to dressing for the different aspects of your figure.



Arms are a common insecurity for mother of the bride or groom, particularly for a Spring Summer wedding. The trick is just to draw attention elsewhere, such as the waist or legs. A dress with sleeves will keep your arms concealed, while detail in other areas will keep the focus away from your arms. This fantastically flared dress with contrast lace is the perfect balance, with all eyes on the navy lace and silhouette.



If your stomach is an area that makes you feel uncomfortable, there are lots of ways to work around this! Our gifted construction is designed to complement the figure, but if you are specifically looking for a mother of the bride dress that will flatter a round tummy, look for styles that flare out a little at the waist and skim the hips. A dress that’s fitted at the waist will draw the attention to the smallest part of the body, and then skim over the tummy. This loosely tailored waterfall dress offers flattering comfort with a delicate waterfall feature to cover the stomach.




How to dress for a pear shape is one of our most asked questions! When you have large hips, it is all a question of balance. Embrace the femininity of your figure by looking for a dress that makes your shoulders look wider, to balance out your hips. While the idea of making your shoulders might not sound all that appealing, focusing on your shoulders will make you feel happily balanced. An on-the-shoulder or off-the-shoulder dress with detailing is a perfect choice. This off the shoulder style 26705 will make your shoulders appear wider, while the straight cut skims the hips for a flattering style.



Show Off The Shoulders!

Did you know that the slimmest part of the body is typically your shoulders and collarbone area? Showing this off ensures a subtle slimming effect while being completely elegant.



Small Bust

For those with a small bust that would like to enhance it to create a more balanced figure, try a higher neckline. If you don’t want to go for something that comes right up to the neck, try a slashed neckline to reveal a little skin.


Full Bust

If you have a full bust, there are a variety of styles that can accentuate this depending on the occasion. To flatter your bust and make your chest look balanced with your figure, try a dress in a dark tone or print with a v-neck. Avoid high neck dresses, instead a v-neck shape will break up this larger top part of your body for a flattering cut.



Long Legs

If you’re blessed with long legs, an occasion is the perfect time to showcase them. As mother of the bride or groom, it’s important to keep your look classic, but you should feel beautiful and your very best on this special day. Make the most of your height by trying a chic jumpsuit or floor length dress.



Petite Figures

Naturally, petite figures are very diverse but there are certain styles that are universally flattering for mother of the brides, especially those who are petite.  A fitted bodice and gently flared skirt work universally on most women.


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