How to Find the Perfect Prom Dress for Your Body Type

February 14, 2020

Let’s face it, there are very few times in life when you can wear a totally glamorous, show-stopping dress. Prom is one of those times. Rent the Runway has hundreds of prom dresses to choose from, so how do you know which style is right for you? One way is to determine what kinds of silhouettes best accentuate your body type.

Below, we’re breaking down the styles that are most flattering for different figures. Keep in mind that no matter your size, you can fit into any of the below body types; it’s more about how your weight is distributed. Every body is different, and this guide is meant to help you rent a prom dress that makes you feel amazing on the big day.

Body Type: Rectangle

Your bust, waist, and hips are all around the same size.

When searching for your prom dress, look for styles with a one shoulder neckline or high slit to add dimension to your look. You can also define your shape with an empire waist, or a chic trumpet skirt.


Body Type: Curvy

You have a naturally defined waistline, and your shoulders and hips are around the same size.

Opt for a prom dress with a fitted, well-defined waist to highlight your natural body shape. Styles with accented or cinched waistlines, fitted tops, and open necklines tend to emphasize your figure in the best way.


Body Type: Triangle

Your shoulders are narrower than your hips.

Bring out your shape with a flowy off-the-shoulder prom dress or a style that cascades over your natural waistline. A classic a-line silhouette, a strapless style, or a prom dress with a fun embellished neckline will draws will eye upward and balances out your frame.


Body Type: Inverted Triangle

Your shoulders and bust are larger than your hips.

Consider choosing a prom dress that has a more fitted top with a fuller skirt at the bottom. This will define your waist and add some dimension to your hips. A mermaid or trumpet gown that is fitted around the bust looks great on this body type.


Body Type: Petite

Typically under 5’3″

Compliment a smaller frame by showing a bit more leg. Cocktail, high-low, and asymmetrical silhouettes are great for this body type. Details like v-necklines and vertical prints or pleats visually lengthen your frame for a super flattering look.


Body Type: Tall

Typically above 5’6″

Embrace your height and go long. Flowing ball gowns and form-fitting maxi dresses tend to flatter this body shape the best. Have fun with bold and graphic patterns.


Measurements may be standard, but women’s bodies are not. At Rent the Runway, we believe the key to looking great is feeling great. That’s why we offer free backup sizes and expert styling advice that’s just a phone call, email or live chat away! Whether you need some sizing guidance, accessory recommendations or just a confidence boost, we’re here for you.