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If you have an athletic (or rectangle) body type, you might struggle shopping for flattering clothing — especially online. Most fashion models do not have a very athletic build, so it can be hard to tell what a piece might look like on you versus on them. We promise though, there are plenty of dresses out there you’ll look gorgeous wearing!
An athletic shape has shoulders and hips at about the same width and weight pretty evenly distributed throughout the body. This means you’ll want something that emphasizes either the top or the lower half of your body, not both. Fit-and-flare dresses can help balance broader shoulders, or you could accentuate them with an accent-sleeve top and more fitted skirt. Halter and racerback styles are also amazing for showing off toned arms. Strapless works too! You could also go for something with a plunging V or scoop neckline to flatter your bust.
Want to see some examples we love? We’ve picked out 21 dresses for you, so let’s get to them!
21 Extremely Flattering Dresses for Athletic Body Types
1. Our Absolute Favorite: This vintage tea-style GRACE KARIN dress is basically famous on Amazon and is a fit-and-flare style through and through!
2. We Also Love: This tie-dye oxiuly dress is a better pick for more casual occasions where you still want to look ultra-chic!
3. We Can’t Forget: How about this beautiful floral Moyabo dress? The patterned skirt adds extra visual definition to the bottom!
4. Our Absolute Favorite: With voluminous, fluttery short sleeve and a fitted silhouette, this Zshujun dress is a dream for athletic builds!
5. We Also Love: How cute is this gingham puff-sleeve dress from Anthropologie? A perfect summer find!
6. We Can’t Forget: This floral LERENSHA puff-sleeve dress is another great pick, with just a little ruffle detail at the hem!
7. Our Absolute Favorite: We just found your next fancy party frock and it takes the form of this bestselling PRETTYGARDEN halter dress!
8. We Also Love: This Lulus mini dress is flowy and laid-back but all kinds of pretty with its unique floral print!
9. We Can’t Forget: This fitted Floerns dress and its tropical print are simply made for your next vacation!
10. Our Absolute Favorite: If you’re looking for a grab-and-go type of dress for any and every day, grab this LuckyMore dress (with pockets)!
11. We Also Love: This sweet and sporty PUMA mini dress from Revolve is an amazing athleisure pick!
12. We Can’t Forget The tie detail at the waist of this IHOT dress is going to have you feeling like a million — no, a billion bucks!
13. Our Absolute Favorite: This beachy, boho CHICGAL dress will be a pattern lover’s best friend. It has a whole bunch of them!
14. We Also Love: Okay, our jaws dropped a little when we saw the unique tie-dye design on this Riviera Sun dress!
15. We Can’t Forget: You’re probably not going to want to take off this THANTH maxi dress once you try it on!
16. Our Absolute Favorite: This plunging ECOWISH mini dress has a pretty blue leopard print and flowy, flattering details everyone will adore!
17. We Also Love: Wrap dresses flatter every body type, so you know you especially can’t go wrong with this popular ZESICA piece!
18. We Can’t Forget: The neckline on this Katiewens dress plunges about as far as it can go!
Scoop Neck Dresses
19. Our Absolute Favorite: Everlane’s Japanese GoWeave Slip Dress is going to stun every time!
20. We Also Love: We would wear this Daily Ritual henley dress all year long. So many ways to style it!
21. We Can’t Forget: This Lulus mini dress is such a versatile piece — you’ll wear it all the time!
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