Style Guide: How to Maximize Your Figure & Minimize Problem Areas

Dressing to flatter your figure can often be a confusing task. What dresses hide a tummy while slimming down your thighs? How do you elongate your neck while minimizing your bust? No matter what your “problem areas” are, we’ll give you all the tips and tricks to find the perfect Connected Apparel dress for you.

Guaranteed to smooth out your worries while keeping you comfortable all day long, our figure flattering dresses and jumpsuits will have you oozing confidence in no time.  

To Hide a Tummy

Choose Wrap dresses, high-waisted ties & belts, or flowy fabrics

From a slight belly bulge to a muffin top, standard bloating to a few extra pounds, belly issues are all too common. Luckily, we have many figure flattering summer dresses to conceal everything you don’t want to reveal. For starters, opt for a higher waistline, or add a sash or belt like our Paige Navy Jumpsuit to help pull the focus upward. For a more flowy alternative, choose a wrap dress. The cinch at the waist helps add structure to the top half of your body, while allowing the fabric to flow over your midsection, hiding everything underneath. 

Here are a couple of our favorite styles to hide your tummy:


Lisa is our tried-and-true silhouette. A dress that looks amazing on women of all shapes and sizes, the faux wrap detail at the waist creates definition for a classic, form fitting silhouette. 


This faux wrap, hi-low floral dress is an automatic showstopper. The tie at the waist provides added definition and the flounce hem gives the dress beautiful movement. Josie’s ability to conceal and structure, while still remaining fun and flowy makes this sleeveless dress the epitome of femininity. 


Paige is 1950s nostalgia meets modern fashion. The red sash at the waist draws attention towards the top of your body and away from your tummy area. Our fun polka dot print helps further conceal all your problem areas.  

To Minimize Your Bust

Choose V-shaped necklines

Minimizing your bust can seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite easy. You’ll want to choose a modest dress or a women’s jumpsuit with a slight V-shaped neckline. The V shape will draw the attention away from your bust and create a new focal point: your collarbone. This neckline also lends itself to an incredibly figure flattering and classic silhouette, without revealing too much cleavage. 

Here are some of our most stylish styles to minimize your bust:


Morgan is your go-to, desk to dinner jumpsuit for all your bust minimizing needs. The striped jumpsuit pattern and slight v-neck smooths out your bust area, while the faux wrap of the bodice accentuates your waist. The cropped wide-leg pant elongates your legs and adds a little extra movement. 


Gayle is the perfect day to night little black dress. Shirring in the surplus bodice and at the waist makes Gayle dynamic and flattering, and the V neckline conceals and smooths the bust area. The stretch Jersey knit fabric holds you in place all over without feeling constricted. Gayle will be your new go-to LBD. 


Ryan is the simple yet chic jumpsuit you’ve been waiting for. The tie at the waist and a mid-calf length design elongates the body and accentuates your natural figure.The V shaped neckline provides a touch of femininity while still concealing everything you want this casual jumpsuit to. 

To Slim Your Arms

Choose 3/4 sleeves or Drapey fabrics

Need a quick fix for slimming down your arms? Try shrugs and 3/4 sleeve dresses. Lucky for you, we have both! While many women opt for dresses with a cap sleeve because they think it offers more coverage than a sleeveless dress, cap sleeves can hit at the wrong place on your arm and will make your arms look bigger. Three-quarter sleeve dresses and shrugs help lengthen and slim down your arms because they culminate at a thinner part of your forearm. 

Here are our top picks to slim your arms:

LISA 2.0 Little Black DRESS

Our tried-and-true silhouette with an updated flair: a flounce sleeve! In addition to the faux wrap detail at the waist, the elbow sleeve with a flounce creates a ¾ sleeve effect and it elongates and slims every woman’s arms.From plus size to petite, Lisa 2.0 is a flattering dress for curves and is a sophisticated look from desk to dinner.


This stunning number is your next favorite day to night dress. Tina's floral print mesh is not only the latest fashion trend, but also hugs your arms without being constricting. The sheer 3/4 length sleeve elongates and slims perfectly and keeps you looking trendy.


Our Suzie floral dress with a shrug is the perfect balance of fun and femininity. The 3/4length sleeve on the shrug slims your arms and gives this summer dress a modest touch. Because the shrug is sheer, it also allows you to show off just a little skin, while still feeling comfortable knowing that your arms are covered.  

Thinner Thighs

Choose A-line skirts

Nothing is more figure flattering for your thighs than a traditional A-line dress, a signature Connected Apparel style. Not only do A-line skirts do the perfect job by completely masking your thighs and booty, but they also highlight the most flattering part of your waistline. Pair our A-line dresses with a pointed heel or flat to elongate your legs and balance out your body. 

Here are a couple of our favorite dresses to hide your tummy!


There’s always something to love about a simple, yet extremely flattering silhouette. Sandra’s A-line skirt and midi length provide the ultimate coverage for thighs of any size. This casual dress is a go-to, from day to night!


Juliette is a modern twist on the classic drop waist dress. Two panels are delicately sewn together to create an A-line skirt that hits right below your hip to elongate your torso, while the tank bodice is fitted to complement your figure. 


Kennedy is the ultimate sleeveless cocktail dress. A sheath dress with an A-line chiffon overlay, this knee length dress slims your thighs while radiating class. It’s also an appropriate option for women of all shapes and sizes. 

To Lengthen & Slim Your Neck

Choose V-neck dresses

So you want to lengthen and slim down your neck? V shaped necklines just are your new best friend! Our slight v-neck dresses and jumpsuits elongate your neckline and collarbone, without being too risque. Pair our v-neck dresses and cute jumpsuits with a pendant necklace or dangly earrings to help further slim your neck. 

Here are our favorite styles to lengthen & slim your neck!


Inspired by our Sara jumpsuit, Natalie is fun, flirty and dynamic. The asymmetrical ruffle from shoulder to waist compliments your figure, while the ruffle along the hem adds movement. Like the Sara jumpsuit, Natalie’s slight v-neck lengthens and slims your neck, while the floral print creates a new focal point that everyone will love. 


Sara is a timeless navy jumpsuit that you can wear for any season. The chiffon cross body ruffle adds dimension and movement, and the v-neck draws the attention downward to elongate and slim your neck. This jumpsuit is perfect for your next date night or cocktail party! 



Sunny is the cutest mix of midi and maxi dresses. The V-neck flounce creates dimension and adds an extra touch of femininity while the side ruching complements your natural figure. Made from floral printed stretch jersey knit, this mixi length dress is a great option for your next daytime outing.

From plus size to petite, we have dresses and jumpsuits that flatter all shapes and sizes. See a dress you love? Shop our Figure Flattering Styles Collection for affordable options to minimize your “problem areas.” 

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