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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Getting help finding the dress that flatters your figure



giraffefifth_ave82hourglass.jpegI don't know about you guys, but I'm a sucker for those magazine articles that go something like, "Find the right jeans for YOUR figure!" and "Buy for your body type!"

I can't help it. Every girl wants to find things that actually WORK on her body, right?

And even though I think it's kind of strange that we walk around comparing our body shape to food -- Pear! Apple! -- I get it. Maybe whoever came up with those metaphors was hungry at the time. I won't judge.

Which is why I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled upon a website called Shabby Apple last week. Well, I didn't exactly stumble. Google kept shoving the ad in my face, then I started seeing it pop up on a bunch of other websites. I caved. I clicked.

The best part is the folks at Shabby Apple, an online retailer of mostly dresses that claims to donate a portion of its proceeds to charities that serve women and children, have created a fun feature on their website that lets you shop by body type. 

Not sure of your "type"? Answer three questions and they'll tell you (they have it broken down into eight categories, including the fruit ones and tall and short.) Then it'll take you to a display of dresses that would probably flatter your figure. Sometimes one dress will show up in multiple categories, which is comforting and, I think, more realistic.

The prices are a little steep (most things seem to be in the $80-$100 range) but maybe worth a splurge for the right occasion. If nothing else, it's a good place to look for ideas about the basic structure and shape of dresses that might look good on you.

Here are some of my favorites, along with the body type Shabby Apple recommends it for. 

I like to think of the dress you see to your right as "The Giraffe Dress," but Shabby Apple calls it Fifth Ave. It's $82 and was in the Hourglass category.

This teal dress, $88, is called North Shore, in the Apple category.


This plum-colored dress, $92, was in the Pencil category. It's called Consultant.


I love the ruffles on this one, called the Chickaree. It's $88 and was in the Pear category


Deal Diva Kameel


[Last modified: Thursday, February 9, 2012 9:52am]


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