The Best Spring Dresses For Your Body — Period

You may be slowly emerging from hibernation mode, but things are moving fast on your social calendar for the next few months. The weather has a funny way of dictating a person's goings-on, doesn’t it? To help shepherd in the season, we’re prepping your closet with 33 gorgeous dresses that are just right for late-night walks, alfresco dinner dates, and beyond. Better yet, our picks are categorized by body type, which will make your personalized shopping a breeze.

We broke down 11 common shapes and outlined tips for finding a frock that feels tailored to yours — pairing apple-like bodies with printed shifts and carrot figures with high-necked silhouettes, for starters. Many of the pieces ahead flatter more than one type, so go into the slideshow with an open mind (and wallet, if you see something to want to shop).

Baring your legs for the first time might feel like a scary prospect right about now, but at least picking a perfect dress for the occasion can be somewhat stress-free.
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If you have an apple-shaped body, your waistline is your widest measurement; your hips and bust are narrower in comparison. For this reason, shift shapes with a lot of movement do more for you than anything with a defined waist. Play with colors and prints, and feel free to go a bit short on the hem.
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With a cool painterly print, this COS shift hangs loose.
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V-shaped necklines elongate the line of your body. Sandro's take will highlight your neck area and show off some tasteful skin, too.
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Clashing patterns never looked so cool.
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Your build can probably be described as slender and muscular; you can wear many avant-garde styles without much fuss. Of course, one should never underestimate the power of an uncomplicated slip. Halter necks will fall especially nicely on your figure, and slinky materials like crepe de chine and silk will highlight your athletic limbs.
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The high neck and open back are a recipe for date-night success.
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There's nothing little-girl about Karla Spetic's body-skimming baby-pink dress.
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Wear Freda's black slip as a base layer or a sexy stand-alone.
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Apples tend to shy away from dresses with defined waists, but these styles are a busty girl's bread and butter. Since your bust is most likely your widest measurement, directing the focus to your middle helps create definition. Subtle accents at the waist — whether that's a tie or clever colorblocking — offer delineation between your upper and lower body.
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This dress employs a tie waist and colorblocking, and the V-neck shows off just enough.
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Reiss' dress nips in gently at the waist, care of a simple band of fabric and side darts.
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Pleating at the waist creates an hourglass shape.
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Your proportions are fairly straight throughout — from your shoulders to waist and hips. The key is in design elements that create some visual interest. We suggest a deep-V. The exaggerated neckline, while risqué on some, will create instant curves on your linear shape.
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The neckline is very va-va-voom; the full skirt is all elegance.
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Start wearing Mango's lightweight sleeved dress now, and keep it handy for cooler summer nights, too.
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Perfect for weddings and fancy occasions, Zimmermann's cocktail frock is made to hug (and enhance) your curves.
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Your body is wider on top and gets slimmer as you go down. Dresses with high necklines — think mock or boat — will flatter your broader-set shoulders. Just make sure that whatever dress you choose has a billowy bottom to help create symmetry all around.
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The tie at the neck offers a subtle '70s vibe.
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Mock it to me.
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Between the high neck, asymmetrical skirt, and all-over print, there's a lot for carrots to love about this springy dress.
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Your chest and hips are equally proportioned, and your waistline is your narrowest measurement — take advantage of your body's natural symmetry! While you can wear a host of unique styles (most designers design with your shape in mind), a classic fit-and-flare dress couldn't be more complimentary on you. You've got your pick this spring, since that shape seems to be everywhere.
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The zippered front gives Kenzo's flared frock a mod touch.
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The striped sides are an interesting touch on an otherwise basic LBD.
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The cutout back and short, fluttery sleeves give this V-neck dress tons of flirt.
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Long Torso
If you have a long torso and short legs, the most flattering style for you couldn’t be more on-trend this season: off-the-shoulder frocks. The throwback silhouette is suitable on a number of shapes. For yours, it’ll create the look of a shortened midsection and elongated limbs.
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A wide-open neckline that doesn't feel obvious or too revealing.
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Tibi's draped midi-dress is begging to be worn somewhere fancy — pair it with a chunky heel for a sophisticated, forward approach.
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The sculpted nature of this frock — a Bardot-style top and full skirt — will flatter long torsos without much effort.
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The opposite of carrots, pear-shaped bodies have narrow shoulders and broad hips. Printed midi-dresses with defined waistlines will accentuate your delicate arms, shoulders, and clavicle, meanwhile a billowy tea-length hem makes magic around your curvier bottom half.

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Why choose one striking color when you can colorblock your way to dress perfection?
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A small, all-over print will look charming paired with sandals and a leather jacket.
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Your new go-to party dress...

Novis Patterned Dress, available soon at Novis.
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Petite & Compact
If you’re petite all over, then minidresses are your jam, always. The length of this style will elongate your legs, with or without an assist from heels. For spring, short, collared shirtdresses will prove a hit at the office and at drinks after-hours.
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Pretty pleats and a floral panel give this crisp shirtdress an ultra-modern touch for the new season.
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Joe Fresh's take is spot on.
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The tropical print and belted waist couldn't be more appropriate for spring, nor more flattering on your petite frame.
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Small Chest
If you don’t need much in the way of support on top — and sometimes forgo bras altogether — you have more flexibility than most when it comes to trendy silhouettes. Unexpected side cutouts, crop-top inspired shapes, and open backs are everywhere this spring, so take the chance to stock up.
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Strappy backs and cutout sides aren't so much a challenge for you as they are a given.
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Accentuate your frame with many little refined-looking cutouts.
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H&M's one-shoulder frock features a decorative tie-waist and a scintillating section of bare skin on one side.
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Short Torso
Your waist is naturally high and your legs extra-long, but that doesn't mean you can't trick the eye into seeing something more proportional. An asymmetrical hem will hide where exactly your midsection ends and your legs begins — and the style happens to be one of our favorites for spring and summer.
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Did we mention bandana prints are in this season, too?
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Moody '90s florals; we dig.
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A bold color is always a solid dress choice. Wear it with confidence — and maybe a bomber jacket, too.

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