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14 of Our Fave Dresses for Every Body Type and Style

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Design: theSkimm | Photos: Amazon, Sezane, Show Me Your Mumu
Sep 9, 2022

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Dresses are ideal when it comes to ease of getting dressed. But it can be a challenge to find the perfect one for your body type. Whether you have trouble finding options that are short or tall enough, ones that fall over your chest correctly or pieces that’ll easily let you live that #TeamNoBra life, we’ve rounded up a dress for every fit dilemma.

Psst…this is part of our Relatable Fashion Week series. For more recs on how to find the best pieces that’ll fit ya like a glove, click here.

A wrap dress that lets big boobs breathe…

Anyone with a larger bust can attest to how annoying a pulling dress can be. This comfy jersey number with a wrap neckline eliminates that problem. The lightweight material is perfect for travel or work, it’s available in two colors, and reviewers say it runs on the slightly roomier side. ($29.99, H&M)

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A smocked dress that stretches to fit up top…

The nap dress era has blessedly ushered in an entire movement of elastic-topped dresses. This one from Target is cute, stretches to fit your chest, and has pockets. Win, win, win. It’s available in two floral colorways and sizes XS–3X. ($30, Target)

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A shirtdress perfect for when you can’t be bothered to put a bra on…

Sometimes you just want to throw on a big top with nothing underneath and call it a day. This dress, with a high-low hemline, is for those times. Customer reviews note how comfy this one is, and we love that it’s a great transitional piece to move from summer into fall with. ($98, Everlane)

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A drop-waist dress that elongates your torso…

If you’re looking to appear a bit longer, opt for something with a drop waist. This button-front piece comes in short-sleeved and sleeveless versions in 21 different colors. Plus, it’s transitional: Swap sandals for a cardigan and add leggings once the temps start to dip. ($27.98+, Amazon)

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A long-enough maxi wrap that can be dressed up or down…

This pretty floral dress is just the right length. Plus, we love the ruffle detail at the bottom and the snap inside the wrap that offers extra support. Also? It's available in 15 different colors and patterns, so you're sure to find one (or two or three) that suit your style. ($30.99, Amazon)

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A tank dress with a full skirt that lets your hips breathe…

Wouldn’t it be nice if every dress could be tailored to our specific bodies? As that’s not an option, consider a piece that’s half formfitting and half roomy. Your hips will be able to breathe without sacrificing style. ($148, Reformation)

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A formfitting dress that adds curves and is a nod to the ’00s…

When it comes to the return of Y2K fashion, it’s not all bad news. This ruched bodycon dress gives major early-aughts vibes, and is available in four shiny, standout hues. ($25, Target)

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A maxi dress that’s actually maxi length…

There’s a specific agony in buying a maxi dress only to realize it’s more like a midi on your tall frame. This boho-chic dress specifically designed for tall bodies will hit you in all the right places. ($97, Asos)

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A semi-sleeveless dress that will fit a small chest and let you go braless…

If you’re looking for a little bit of life, this Target dress can definitely be worn without a bra if you so desire. It has adorable details — like its front-tie design at the chest — and comes in both black and olive. And yes, this is another one with pockets. Score. ($29.75, Target)

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A sexy scoop neck to buy in every color…

Sometimes you need a backup dress that you know is always going to work. This one with a slit is perfect for throwing on, whether you’re accessorizing for a daytime or evening look. It’s available in sizes XXS–5X and in 10 colors, and we wouldn’t blame ya if you picked it up in more than one. ($49.90, Amazon)

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A jersey slip dress that’s perfectly petite…

Short friends, listen up. This dress is your ticket to getting out of the house fast in the morning. This stretchy slip dress (with pockets!) hits just at the shin and can be dressed up or down. ($148, Nordstrom)

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A floral dress in plenty of sizes and lengths…

Not all petites sections are created equal. This dress from QVC not only offers a shorter length, it also does so in a wide range of sizes — from XXS–5XL. Not to mention it’s available in five different colors and a gorgeous silhouette. Add to cart. ($51.91, QVC)

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A belted, elevated shirtdress that gives you length…

For a more casual option, this fun, collared shirt dress that ties at the waist comes in four different colors and patterns and would look so chic with a pair of knee-high boots for fall. It’s perfect for creating the illusion of more height. Psst...use code THESKIMM at checkout for a free gift with purchase through October 1. ($205, Sezane)

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A romantic, ruffled minidress if you want the illusion of longer legs…

This lovely little dress is an instant look. It’s fully lined, made with 100% cotton, and can be thrown right in the wash. Reviewers say it runs on the shorter side, and it looks just as good paired with sneakers as it does with heels. 10/10. ($119.95, Eloquii)

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