The Fitting Room: The Best Frocks for Your Shape

We’re all about structured shapes for fall – especially at the office. But finding that perfectly tailored fit can be a little tricky (even when Spanx are involved). Here’s a cheat sheet for finding a slew of dresses that are just as figure flattering as they are stylish.

For apple shapes
Carry your weight around your midsection? Try a full-coverage dress that nips right under the bust or the smallest part of your waist. Look for V-necks and empire waists – and don’t be afraid to show a little leg!

For pear shapes
Welcome to my world. I’ve learned to shy away from anything too clingy (goodbye, jersey knits and bandage dresses) and rely instead on the magic of an A-line shape. They highlight your smaller upper body and draw attention away from bigger bottoms. Bonus points? Add details at the bust to draw the eyes up.

For straight figures
If you’ve been dying to add some ladylike curves to your figure, all you have to do is create the illusion. (This means lots of fitted, tailored pieces.) This color-blocked number adds interest by splitting up your top and lower half, with the black bottom to keep things slim and shapely, and a polka-dot, ruffled top to highlight your bust.

For hourglass shapes
I’m so glad Christina Hendricks made hourglass figures all the rage (once again), so flaunt your best assets in form-fitting shapes that highlight all the right curves.

Our Anne Klein Boutique opens Monday, September 3 at 11AM ET.

By Melissa Mann, Staff Writer

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September 3, 2012