Flattering dresses for athletic body types: our 21 picks

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If you have an athletic (or rectangle) body type, you might have a hard time shopping for flattering clothes, especially online. Most models don’t have a very athletic build, so it can be hard to tell what a piece might look like on you versus them. We promise, however, that there are many dresses that you will wear beautifully!

An athletic shape has shoulders and hips of roughly the same width and fairly evenly distributed weight throughout the body. This means you’ll want something that flatters your upper or lower body, not both. Fit and flare dresses can help balance out wider shoulders, or you can accentuate them with a top with accent sleeves and a more fitted skirt. Halter and racerback styles are also amazing for showing off toned arms. The bustier works too! You can also opt for something with a plunging v-neckline or scoop neckline to flatter your bust.

Want to see some examples we love? We have selected 21 dresses for you, so let’s go!

21 Extremely Flattering Dresses For Athletic Body Types

Fit and Flare Dresses

1. Our absolute favorite: This vintage tea style Dress GRACE KARIN is basically famous on Amazon and is a fit and flare style through and through!

2. We also like: This tie-dye oxiuly dress is a better choice for more casual occasions where you still want to look ultra-chic!

3. We cannot forget: How about this beautiful flower Moyabo dress? The patterned skirt adds extra visual definition to the bottom!

Accent Sleeve Dresses

4. Our absolute favourite: With voluminous, fluttery short sleeves and a fitted silhouette, this Zshujun Dress is a dream for athletic builders!

5. We also like: How cute is this gingham puff sleeve dress of Anthropology? A perfect summer find!

6. We cannot forget: This flowery dress LERENSHA with puff sleeves is another great choice, with just a little ruffle detail at the hem!

Backless Dresses

7. Our absolute favorite: We’ve just found your next fancy party dress and it’s taking the shape of this bestseller Open back dress PRETTYGARDEN!

8. We also like: This short dress Lulus is fluid and relaxed but very pretty with its unique floral print!

9. We can’t forget: This equipped Dress Floerns and its tropical print are simply made for your next vacation!

Racer back dresses

10. Our absolute favorite: If you are looking for a type of dress to go for every day, take this LuckyMore dress (with pockets)!

11. We also like: This soft and sporty PUMA Mini Dress by Revolve is an amazing athleisure choice!

12. We Can’t Forget The detail of the tie at the waist of this IHOT Dress going to make you feel like a million – no, a billion dollars!

Strapless dresses

13. Our absolute favorite: This beachy, boho CHICGAL dress will be a pattern lover’s best friend. There’s a whole lot of them!

14. We also like: Okay, our jaws dropped a bit when we saw the unique tie-dye design on this Dress Riviera Sun!

15. We cannot forget: You’re probably not going to want to take this off long dress THANTH once tried!

V-Neck Dresses

16. Our absolute favorite: This plunging ECOWISH mini dress has a cute blue leopard print and flowy, flattering details that everyone will love!

17. We also like: Wrap dresses flatter all body types, so you know you can’t go wrong with this popular ZESICA coin!

18. We cannot forget: The neckline on this Katiewens dress dive as far as he can go!

Scoop Neck Dresses

19. Our absolute favorite: from Everlane Japanese GoWeave Suspender Dress will stun every time!

20. We also like: We would wear this Daily Ritual button-down dress all year. So many ways to style it!

21. We cannot forget: This short dress Lulus is such a versatile piece that you will wear it all the time!

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