Tips for dressing for your body type
If you’re struggling to feel confident in the clothes you wear, don’t fret! You may just need some tips on dressing for your body type. Certain clothes will flatter your figure more than others, but all types of garments are cut in ways that make you look amazing. Use these tips to help you find the right women’s dress suits, tops, pants or dresses for your body type.
This figure is normally what people think of when they see the phrase “curvy body type.” Hourglass figures have even hips and shoulders with a smaller waistline.
If this sounds like you, then rejoice knowing that your natural curves don’t need much enhancing. In fact, you’re such a stunner that it may be best to take things simple. Go for snug tops and short, tailored jackets. Narrow necklines will slim down your bust and soft fabrics will drape naturally over your curves.
Pear or triangle
If you tend to be wider in the hips and bottom than you are in the upper body, you’re what’s commonly called a pear shape. Drawing attention upward with volume and embellishments helps you appear balanced.
Your neck and shoulders are great features, so show them off with off-shoulder or boat-neck tops. Elegant sleeves with also draw the eyes upwards, as will tunic tops and billowy shirts with a snug waist.
Meanwhile, dark colors on your lower half with lengthen your legs and narrow your hips. Try skirts that lightly brush against the sides of your body without adding bulk or pants that fall straight down from the widest part of your hips.
To learn more about how to dress a triangle body shape, check out our article.
If your upper and lower body are equal in width and your waist only slightly more narrow, you probably have a rectangle body shape.
Enhance your natural waist with wrap tops and fitted v-neck shirts. The angles of these pieces draw the eye down and in. You can also easily pull off all kinds of skirts, including A-line, pencil and even maxi skirts. Peplum and fit-and-flare styles are also a great choice.
Apple or inverted triangle
Apple shapes tend to be well proportioned, carrying weight mostly in the torso and upper body. Unlike hourglasses, apple-shaped women may have a hard time finding their natural waistline and generally aren’t as curvy through the hips.
If this sounds like you, try outfits that emphasize your bust and legs. The resulting contrast makes your waist more visible. Try flattering dresses in an A-line cut and jackets that end at the hips or upper thigh. Also, you can pull off a boyfriend-style button-up shirt like no one else, so try these on in lots of different colors and fabrics!
Oval women are widest in the middle; their bust and hips are narrower than their natural waist. Again, go for V-shaped necklines and wrap dresses and shirts to enhance your curves, draw the gaze to your natural middle and flatter your sides. Tops with vertical details will also elongate your body, making you look taller. Opt for mid-thigh, knee-length, below-the-knee or maxi skirts.
Identifying your body type
If you’re reading this article and asking yourself, “What body shape am I?” don’t worry. It can be hard to eyeball, so check out our handy guides to take your measurements and find your type.
Once you know what clothing styles look great on you, you’ll never again have a problem finding outfits that fit and flatter.