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Dec. 5, 2019

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The Perfect Prom Dress to Flatter Your Figure

There are tons of prom dresses that look great on a hanger. If you really want to be a show stopper you need to look for a dress that you can not only fall in love with, but also one that flatters your figure. Here are some tips on finding silhouettes that flatter specific body types:


A fun short dress with a flared skirt and fitted bodice will fill out a small frame and add the illusion of an hourglass figure. In the Mac Duggal and Ieena collections, you can find dresses that are perfect for your body shape!

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If you are looking for the illusion of appearing taller, be sure to view the mermaid gowns in our Prom, Flash, and Cassandra Stone collections. Mermaid dresses give you a shaped silhouette with a fitted bodice, and the dramatic hemlines elongate the body. Try to stay away from dresses that could make you seem shorter. Vertical beading can also help create the illusion of you looking taller. If you want to appear even taller- think about wearing tall heels, but be sure that you are able to comfortably walk in them.


Walk tall with confidence and show your amazing figure off! A short dress, high-low dress, or a dress with a high leg slit can help show off your long legs by accentuating them. Don’t be ashamed of those beautiful legs!

thigh high leg slit prom dress

Elongate your midriff even more with a gorgeous two piece dress. The amazing designs in our Mac Duggal Prom Collection will flatter any tall girl.


Your curves are what make you unique. Embrace your beautiful figure in a form fitting dress that makes you feel flawless. An asymmetrical or one shoulder strap will add more support so you can show of your bare shoulder with confidence. Several styles in the Fabulouss collection give you the all-around support for dancing throughout the night. The Fabulouss collection embrace body positivity with fun, flirty, and sexy styles


An empire waistline draws the perfect amount of attention to your slim waist, while also creating an emphasis on your beautiful curves. Many empire style gowns are available in our Ball Gown collection and also all of the Mac Duggal Prom collections.

empire waist ball gown

Apple (Full Figured- Fuller Bust line)

An apple shape describes women who are typically “top-heavy,” meaning that they have a wide torso, broad shoulders, and a fuller bust and waist. Apple shape figures generally want to draw attention to their bust and away from their mid-section. It’s important to wear dresses that flow from underneath the bust, expanding at the waist. Draped or ruched gathers that lie flat across your middle will work wonders without adding too much extra volume. A gorgeous empire waist dress is the perfect choice for a girl who is an apple shape.

Empire Waist Plus Size Prom Dress

Pear (Full Figured- Bigger Bottom Line)

Pear shaped body figures are recommended to have a tighter fitting bodice with a skirt that flares outward. A gown with an intricate neckline and a high waist put the spotlight on your sexy upper half.

Find a dress that floats over your hips. There are many different variations of dresses that flatter a pear-shaped body figure. These type of dresses create a slimming look, with just the right amount of sex appeal.

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Now let’s talk about some of our most popular silhouettes for this prom season, and which body types they would look best in!

The sheath style evening gown, like the usual sheath dress, is designed to fit the body tightly. It can be belted or unbelted and has a straight drape. It can have shoulder straps or be strapless. This style dress can be perfect for any body shape and depending on the style details of the gown, can be worn for a more simplistic and modest look.

ice blue sheath prom dress


A princess style dress is the most traditional prom dress. Mac Duggal has many variations of this silhouette in the Ballgown collection. The fitted bodice and accentuated waistline can make your waist look slimmer. This style of dress can make anyone with any body shape feel like royalty on their special night.

The A-line style evening gown is close-fitting at the top and gradually widens at the bottom, without gathers or pleats. A-line dresses are commonly simple but often attract attention with its elegant appearance. There is an A-line dress for every body shape in both our Prom and Fabulouss collections.

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Dropped Waist

The waistline is dropped below the actual waistline. This style dress is generally worn to elongate the waist and create a slim look. The skirt can be fitted or flared. This is great for girls who want to show off their waist.

mint drop waist prom dress


If the evening gown is trumpet-shaped, it is tight-fitting until it reaches the mid-thigh or the knees, where it flares. The difference between mermaid and trumpet style prom gowns is that the mermaid gown hugs your body all the way to the knees before it fans out. Trumpet prom dresses are fitted through the hips to mid-thigh and then flair a bit less severely. This dress style is best for tall, curvy, and pear-shaped body types.

metallic mesh strapless trumpet prom gown


Mermaid, as the name suggests, resembles a mermaid’s silhouette. The evening gown is form fitting around the bodice and contoured to your body all the way to the knees where the skirt flares out dramatically. This style flatters slender, fit, and near flawless body types as it shows off all your curves.

emerald mermaid prom dress

For details on what’s on trend this season, read Prom Dress Trends for 2020.


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