Little Black Dresses for Every Body Type

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Bottom-Heavy Figure

BCBGeneration Women's Fit-and-Flare Halter Dress
BCBGeneration Women's Fit-and-Flare Halter Dress. Courtesy of Amazon

The easiest way to balance a bottom-heavy figure is to choose a little black dress that skims over the lower half of the body. Fuller skirts, like this BCBGeneration dress, disguise heavy hips, while showing off the waist. A fitted halter or strapless silhouette — which accents a trim upper body — is very flattering for bottom-heavy figures.

Buy the BCBGeneration Fit-and-Flare Halter Dress on Amazon.com

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Flabby Arms

Rebecca Taylor Short-Sleeve Guipure Lace Dress
Rebecca Taylor Short-Sleeve Guipure Lace Dress. Courtesy of Amazon

Don't worry: you don't have to look matronly to cover up flabby arms. The trick is to keep the sexy element with embellishment or peekaboo cutouts on the little black dress. This sheer-sleeve dress is another great way to get some sex appeal and still conceal arms. 

Buy the Rebecca Taylor Short-Sleeve Guipure Lace Dress on Amazon.com

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Petite

Connected Apparel Petite Cap Sleeve Sequin Lace Color Block Trim Dress
Connected Apparel Petite Cap Sleeve Sequin Lace Color Block Trim Dress. Courtesy of Amazon

The perfect little black dress for a smaller frame elongates and flatters like this lace trim dress by Connected Apparel. More flattery: look for a dress shape — like horizontal seaming — and is scaled just right for your figure. Avoid too-cutesy looks (like puffed sleeves or giant bows) so you won't look little girlish.

Buy the Connected Apparel Petite Cap Sleeve Sequin Lace Trim Dress on Amazon.com

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Plus Size

London Times Plus-Size Side Drape Shimmer Shutter
London Times Plus-Size Side Drape Shimmer Shutter. Courtesy of Amazon

Just because your figure has curves doesn't mean you can't enjoy a pretty little black dress. And nothing looks sexier than showing a little skin like this elegant cap sleeve dress.

Buy the London Times Plus-Size Side Drape Shimmer Shutter on Amazon.com

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Unattractive Legs

HALSTON HERITAGE Sleeveless High Neck Flowy Back Dress
HALSTON HERITAGE Sleeveless High Neck Flowy Back Dress. Courtesy of Amazon

Don't want to show off your legs? You can still look gorgeous in a little black dress, instead of hiding your legs in pants. Try wearing a longer skirt (midcalf or longer) like this Halston Heritage dress.

Buy the Halston Heritage Sleeveless High Neck Flowy Back Dress on Amazon.com

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Wide Shoulders

Norma Kamali One Shoulder Swing Dress
Norma Kamali One Shoulder Swing Dress. Courtesy of Amazon

You don't need to hide your upper body in a little black dress if you have wide shoulders. Instead, look for body-balancing details like the trendy asymmetrical neckline, like this Norma Kamali One Shoulder Swing Dress. Avoid puffy sleeves or voluminous tops paired with slim bottoms that will exaggerate your shoulder width.

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Thick Waist

Kensie Crepe Chiffon Dress
Kensie Crepe Chiffon Dress. Courtesy of Amazon

Disguise a thick waist in a little black dress by either raising, lowering or eliminating the waistline. This dress works by hiding the waist with a drop waist. A shift without a defined waist or an empire waist dresses which have a raised waist are other good choices.

Buy the Kensie Crepe Chiffon Shift Dress on Amazon.com

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Full Bust

Calvin Klein Sleeveless V-Neck Fit and Flare Dress
Calvin Klein Sleeveless V-Neck Fit and Flare Dress. Courtesy of Amazon

Flatter a full bust by drawing the eye to the waist with a fit and flare dress like on this trendy little black dress by Calvin Klein. Balance a top-heavy figure in a little black dress by opting for a flattering necklines for the full bust: the V-neck, square neck, wrap or portrait style. Look for fabrics that skim (jersey is good), but aren't clingy or too stiff.

Buy the Calvin Klein Sleeveless V-Neck Fit and Flare Dress on Amazon.com

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Small Bust

BCBGMAXAZRIA Women's "Katriz" V-Neck Dress with Tiered Skirt
BCBGMAXAZRIA Women's "Katriz" V-Neck Dress with Tiered Skirt. Courtesy of Amazon

Most clothing actually hangs better on women with smaller busts, but if you want to add more volume up top look for embellishment or fullness on the bust. This dress has allover embroidery, including on the bust, which give you a flattering boost.

Buy the BCBGMAXAZRIA "Katriz" V-Neck Dress with Tiered Skirt on Amazon.com

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Too Thin

Jessica Simpson Women's Short-Sleeve Lace Ruffle Hem Dress
Jessica Simpson Women's Short-Sleeve Lace Ruffle Hem Dress. Courtesy of Amazon

If your body lacks natural curves, add feminine presence with texture like with this ruffled Banana Republic black dress. You can also pump up the volume with extra details like full sleeves, ruched waist, layers and ruffles.

Buy the Jessica Simpson Short-Sleeve Lace Ruffle Hem Dress on Amazon.com