Fashion May 3rd, 2022

Dress Size Guide

How to Measure Your Dress Size

To determine your dress size, use a tape measure to find your bust, waist and hip measurements. Then, consult the dress size chart below to see what size dress will best fit your specific body type. Keep in mind that dress sizes vary from designer to designer and store to store, so this dress size chart should be used as a general guide.

Step 1: Measure Your Bust

Measure around the fullest part of your chest

Step 2: Measure Your Waist

Measure around the narrowest part of your waist - typically about 2 inches above belly button

Step 3: Measure Your Hips

Measure around the fullest part of your hips.

Dress Size Chart

The following is a dress size chart to help you select the right size dress. Please note that this is only a guide and that sizes may vary depending on the designer, brand, or store.

SizeSizeBustWaistHip
XS032.52535
XS233.52636
S434.52737
S635.52838
M836.52939
M1037.53040
L123931.541.5
L1440.53343
XL164234.544.5
XL184436.546.5

Choosing the Right Dress for Your Body Type

Once you have your dress size, it's time to find a dress that will flatter your figure. Here are some general guidelines to help you choose the right dress for your body type:

Small Bust

If you have a small bust and waist with wider hips, look for dresses that cinch in at the waist and flare out at the hips. An A-line dress or empire waist dress will be especially flattering.

Large Bust
If you have a large bust and wide shoulders, look for dresses that have straps or sleeves to help support your bust. A V-neck dress will also help minimize your bust. Avoid dresses with plunging necklines, as they will only accentuate your bust.

Pear-Shape
If you have a pear-shaped body, look for dresses that are flared or A-line to help balance out your hips. Dresses with a V-neck or Empire waist will also be flattering.

Hourglass

If you have an hourglass body, you're lucky because almost any dress style will look great on you. Just make sure to find a dress that fits well in the bust and waist and flares out at the hips.

Dress Recommendations

Body Type

Small bust and waist, wide hips >
Large bust and wide shoulders >
Pear-shaped body >
Hourglass body >

Dress Styles

A-Line dress, empire waist dress
Strapless dress, halter dress, V-neck dress
A-Line dress, empire waist dress
Sheath, fit and flare, wrap dress, mermaid

Now that you know how to measure dress size and which dress styles are flattering for your body type, it's time to start shopping for your perfect dress!