How to Dress my Body Shape
How to dress your body shape.

How to Dress my Body Shape – Know your Best Style

Learn how to dress your body shape with clothes that flatter. It’s all about knowing how to live with your problem areas and praise your assets! Use this guide to help you go shopping and refresh your wardrobe.

When dressing for your body shape you can use clothes and accessories to enhance or camouflage certain areas of your body. Depending on the colors, fabrics and styles you wear, clothing will either support your body or work against it. When you are shopping, never think that your body is the wrong shape for the clothing. It’s usually the opposite, and the clothing is simply just the wrong style for your body shape.

If you think you know your body shape, look at the descriptions below, or you can calculate your body shape.

 

How to dress your pear body.
THE PEAR SHAPE

Profile: Your shoulders and upper body are narrow or is a smaller width in proportion to your hips, thighs, and lower body.

Assets: You want to bring more attention to your upper body to ensure balance.

Colours and Prints: Wear lighter and brighter colours in your tops. You can also try bigger and bolder prints in your tops. Opt for darker or muted colours and prints in your pants, skirts and bottoms.

Tops: Creative collars, ruffles, puffed shoulders and any top with lots of details will help bring more attention to your upper half. Avoid tops that are fitted around the torso, as they will make your hips and thighs look larger.

Bottoms: Look for classic cut pants: straight, boot cut or trouser fit. Do the same for skirts and look for styles that fall straight from the hips and that don’t taper in or flare out too much. Avoid pleats and extra bulk for both your pants and skirts.

Dresses: Apply the same principles to your dress. You want a highly detailed top half with minimal fancies on the bottom.

Find out more about the Pear body shape!

 

How to dress your rectangle body shape.
RECTANGLE BODY SHAPE

Profile: Your shoulders, waist and hips are all the same or slightly the same width. You have little to no curves in your torso. You may consider your body very athletic looking.

Assets: Your body is balanced, and often desired for most high fashion runway looks. You can either continue with your straight silhouette, or use styles that create more curves for you.

Colours and Prints: Here you really can do anything! There are no limitations since your body is balanced. If you need to you can minimize areas of concern (i.e. thighs or breast) by using dark or muted colours and no print in these areas.

Tops: Look for clothing that is not fitted. V-necked tops are recommended and puffed shoulders to add more curves.

Bottoms: Remember to stay away from tight fitting clothing. Look for flared skirts, and wide-legged or flared pants. These will add more dimension to you vertical shape.

Dresses: Avoid tube dresses or anything too tight. Opt for something haltered or with puffed sleeves. If it is flared or draped that is a plus!

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hourglass
HOURGLASS BODY SHAPE

Profile: Your shoulders and hips are the same width while your waist is significantly smaller. You’re often compared to an hourglass.

Assets: Your body is very balanced and coveted by most women. Your body doesn’t need any additives.

Colours and Prints: Because your body is well balanced, be careful not to tip it off the scale by using drastic colour or print contrasts. For example, a black top with bright yellow pants may cause your hips to look larger in proportion to your upper body. Try monochromatic looks, i.e. light blue printed top with dark blue jeans or trousers.

Tops: Keep it simple. You don’t need dramatic collars or sleeves and if you do opt for this, just make sure that everything is fitted. Your body should NEVER be in anything baggy. V-shaped necklines are great for you as well.

Bottoms: Look for fitted classic styles: straight, boot-cut, or trouser fit pants.

Dresses: Fitted, fitted, and FITTED! Fitted doesn’t mean tight, but it means well-tailored to your body. Avoid anything boxy or too loose as it will do nothing for you.

Click here to find out more about the hourglass body shape.

 

How to dress your inverted triangle body shape.
V-SHAPED BODY (INVERTED TRIANGLE)

Profile: Your shoulders and upper body are wider in proportion to your waist and hips. Sometimes you may feel “top heavy.”

Assets: You have great slim legs and usually a bountiful chest!

Colours and Prints: Wear lighter, brighter colours on the bottom to bring attention to your legs. You can also try bigger and bolder prints on the bottom unlike most other body shapes. Opt for darker or more muted colours and prints in your tops.

Tops: Avoid too much fuss around your upper body, such as ruffles and puffed shoulders or any top with lots of details. To balance your body, wear classic tops with a v-neckline.

Bottoms: Invest in creative pants and skirts. You can do interesting pieces that include large pockets, pleats, ballooning or anything else that gives more bulk and details to your lower body.

Dresses: Keep it fitted on top and loose and full on the bottom. For example a halter dress that is fitted throughout the torso and has a pleated or full skirt is perfect!

Click here to find out more about the V-Shaped Body.

 

How to dress your apple body shape.
APPLE SHAPED BODY (ROUND)

Profile: Your shoulders and hips are about the same width and are both smaller in comparison to your waistline. Your waistline and torso are wider than your shoulders and hips.

Assets: Your body is curvaceous and very feminine with nice legs to show off.

Colours and Prints: Be careful not to use bright coloured or printed bottoms. Use only around your face on tops.

Tops: Empire waist tops are your best staple piece, especially if it has puffed shoulders. They fit close to the smallest part of your body and camouflage the larger parts around the torso. Anything that has a tighter band right under your bust and lightly flares or drapes over your torso is ideal

Bottoms: Look for classic cut pants: straight, boot-cut, or trouser fit pants. Do the same for skirts. Look for styles that fall straight from the hips and that don’t taper in or flare out too much. Avoid pleats and extra bulk for both your pants and skirts.

Dresses: Invest in an empire waist dress which comes in a variety of necklines: halter, V-necked with puffed shoulders, rounded neck, and sweet-heart neck. The goal is to have the fabric softly drape over your torso and belly while cinching under your bust line.

Find out more about the apple body shape!

 

How to dress your body shape standard.
STANDARD

Profile: Your body shape is similar to the X-shaped body except your waistline has a slight curve. Your shoulder and hips are approximately the same width while your waistline is slightly smaller.

Assets: Your body is very balanced and doesn’t need any additives. It is also fairly easy to dress.

Colours and Prints: Because your body is well balanced, be careful not to tip it off the scale by using drastic colour or print contrast. For example, a black top with bright yellow pants may cause your hips to look larger in proportion to your upper body. Try monochromatic looks, i.e. light blue printed top with blue jeans or trousers.

Tops: Keep it simple. You don’t need dramatic collars or sleeves and if you do opt for this, just make sure that everything is fitted. Your body should NEVER be in anything too baggy. V-shaped necklines are great for you as well!

Bottoms: You can experiment with pretty much anything from skinnies to wide-legs. Be creative!

Dresses: Fitted, fitted, and FITTED! Fitted doesn’t mean tight, but it means well-tailored to your body. Avoid anything boxy or too loose as it will do nothing for you.

Click here to find out more about the standard body shape.

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