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.
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
Magdalena Wrap-Effect Floral-Print Silk Crepe De Chine Dress
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
Meridian Striped Frill Dress
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
Lennox Ruched Floral-Print Stretch-Crepe Midi Skirt
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
Grosgrain-Trimmed Stretch Linen-Blend Wide-Leg Pants
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
Trousers With Sash Belt
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
Elizabeth and James
Ruffled Asymmetric Floral Skirt
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.
Renee Broderie Anglaise-Trimmed Polka-Dot Cotton Top
Emy Broderie Anglaise-Trimmed Polka-Dot Cotton Mini Skirt
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.
Rita Floral-Printed Midi Dress
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
Alice & Olivia
Colorblocked Tiered Dress
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
Hampton Wrap Skirt
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
Maestra Jumpsuit in Sand
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