Above: Dress by John Zimmermann.
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Gallery: dressing for your shape
Athletic: Show off an ultra toned frame in a sheath gown that hugs the length of your body, or reveal sculpted shoulders in a dress with no straps. If your body is a boyish straight-up-and-down shape, create extra curves with a ball-gown style that cinches in at your waist and descends into a full, floor-length skirt – the bodice will flaunt your great upper body, and the pouf skirt will transform you into a princess bride. A ruched bodice also creates the illusion of curves, as does a slightly padded halter neck.