If you have an oval body shape, you are most definitely not alone – in fact, it’s one of the most common body types for women to have. And as with any body type, feeling good about the way you dress takes understanding how to use clothes to highlight your assets and downplay the areas you aren’t so crazy about. But how do you know if you have an oval body shape? Read on for how to determine whether your body type is oval-shaped and how you can dress to show it off to the best of its potential:
How to know if you have an oval body shape
The best way to determine your body shape is to first take your measurements. Use a cloth measuring tape to calculate your hips, waist and bust (check out our infographic to learn exactly how to measure yourself). Then, use those numbers to identify your body shape. If your waist measurement is larger than those of your bust and hips, you have what’s considered an oval body shape – visually, people with this type carry weight in their tummies.
Define your waist
If you have an oval, or sometimes called “apple,” body shape, your waist isn’t naturally defined. That’s often true of women with rectangle and even inverted triangle body shapes, too, and it can be easily fixed using clothes. Find tops and dresses that help you create an hourglass shape by cinching in at the waist (or appearing to) and flaring out over the hips. This includes A-line skirts and dresses, wrap tops and dresses, and anything that’s belted at the waistline. If you want, use shapewear to define your waist underneath your clothing. Corset tops in particular are amazing assets for women with larger tummies.
Consider empire waists
For any body type, it’s important to highlight your smallest body parts. That’s why women with oval body shapes often benefit from emphasizing the thin area just beneath their bust. Do this by embracing tops and dresses with empire waists. Choose garments with interesting necklines or details that draw the eye up and detract from a wider tummy area.
Elongate your gams
Some of your best features as a woman with an oval body type? Your legs. Show off your shapely gams by wearing clothing and shoes that slim and elongate them. Boot- or straight-cut jeans and trousers are very flattering because they create a straight line from your hips to your shoes, making your whole body appear taller and slimmer. Also, embrace shoes with heels for some added length – wedges are especially comfortable during the warmer months but heeled boots are lovely in colder weather.
Play with prints and colors
Prints and colors can be used strategically to highlight your favorite body parts. Opt for colorful or printed pants and skirts with solid-colored tops to add some visual balance between your upper and lower half. Look for dresses and tops with engineered or block prints (such as dark side panels) that can help you look long and slim.
Remember: Confidence is the most important thing you can wear to look great!
Want to explore the other body types? Here’s more:
- Dress your hourglass body type
- Creating curves on a rectangle body type
- How to dress your triangle body shape
- The perfect dress for all body types
- How to Dress Your Body Type Infographic Series