The Most Flattering Summer Staples For Your Body Type

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It’s a fact that certain silhouettes flatter your shape better than others, and rare is the trend or item that’s one-size-fits-all. While we’re all for wearing whatever you feel most confident in, we also know the struggle of navigating the market for styles that work best for your figure. And in summer, when it’s hot AF, it’s hard enough to dress in clothes that actually feel comfortable, let alone pieces that simultaneously look good. So, we did the legwork and culled gorgeous summer staples that highlight specific assets and shapes, including a bigger bust, a petite frame and an athletic build. Shop our edit ahead—summer looks good on you.

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Your Summer Best

Go for open necklines, like a wrap silhouette or tops with a semi V-shape. They have enough fabric to support the girls without squishing them or showing too much cleavage.

Yarn Dyed Stripe Top

$250

Rebecca Taylor

Magdalena Wrap-Effect Floral-Print Silk Crepe De Chine Dress

$170

Madewell

Go for volume up top to give the illusion of curves. Ruffles and frills are the perfect of-the-moment way to do so.

Mustard Yellow Ruffled Button Top

$75

Pixie Market

Meridian Striped Frill Dress

$630

Zimmermann

Accentuate your waist with details that highlight your narrowest point but continue to elongate your frame. Look to subtle ruching and asymmetrical accents for a current feel.

Black Trim White Lace Midi Dress

$510

Self Portrait

Lennox Ruched Floral-Print Stretch-Crepe Midi Skirt

$520

Preen By Thornton Bregazzi

Capitalize on legs for days with exaggerated, wide-legged pants or asymmetrical hems that create a focal point.

Gingham Slash Back Midi Dress

$180

Topshop Boutique

Grosgrain-Trimmed Stretch Linen-Blend Wide-Leg Pants

$550

Diane von Furstenberg

Cascading hems that start mini, and taper their way down the leg give the illusion of length in the dress and skirt departments. When it comes to pants, cropped silhouettes with a higher waist are similarly illusory.

Pamela One-Shoulder Broderie Anglaise Cotton Dress

$445

LoveShackFancy

Trousers With Sash Belt

$60

Zara

Feminine silhouettes are a great way to soften muscles. Look for pieces that cinch at the waist and create a ladylike shape with asymmetrical ruffles or sleeves that have some movement.

Howe Printed Kimono Dress

$695

Elizabeth and James

Ruffled Asymmetric Floral Skirt

$275

sandro

Show off your gorgeous curves with tops that fit the bodice and have a flouncy finish at the hem. Two-piece sets that draw in at the waist and flare out over the hips are a knock-out.

Flounced Top

$35

H&M

Renee Broderie Anglaise-Trimmed Polka-Dot Cotton Top

$350

Miguelina

Emy Broderie Anglaise-Trimmed Polka-Dot Cotton Mini Skirt

$350

Miguelina

A cropped silhouette showcases your slimmer upper half. When it comes to dresses, look for details on top to draw the eye up, as a bottom piece with movement smoothly sails over hips and thighs.

Annelise Top

$64

Farrow

Rita Floral-Printed Midi Dress

$595

Saloni

Tiered silhouettes flow away from your midsection, drawing eyes to a different focal point, whether it’s a slinky camisole or voluminous dress.

Vanessa Ruffled Fil Coupé Georgette Camisole

$270

Alice & Olivia

Colorblocked Tiered Dress

$625

MDS Stripes

Shorter silhouettes flatter tiny frames. A little extra volume on hems and sleeves positively amplify without looking as though you’re drowning in fabric.

Ruffled Linen Dress

$60

Mango

Hampton Wrap Skirt

$295

A.L.C.

Extended lines flatter your lengthy middle. Look to longlined all-in-ones like jumpsuits or bodices with fitted waists.

One-Shoulder Ruffled Cotton-Gabardine And Jersey Midi Dress

$385

Sea

Maestra Jumpsuit in Sand

$88

Stelen

Avoid bunching by opting for pieces that skew minimal at your middle. A jumpsuit with a peek-a-book center, or fitted top that can tuck into high-waisted bottoms elongate your shape.

Louisa Ruffle Sleeve Striped Top

$395

Caroline Constas

Brax Jumpsuit

$165

Wilfred