How to Dress for Your Body Type
In order to dress for your body type, you have to know exactly what accentuates your best features. Not sure exactly what to highlight? Read on, because we’ve created a no-fail list of what to look for, no matter what your shape and size.
In order to dress for the rectangle body shape (a similar width throughout your body from shoulders to waist), you should work on creating some curves. V-neck or off-the-shoulder style tops help create a figure that flatters your overall silhouette. Go for more form fitting bottoms, which will help form the illusion of curves throughout. Trumpet and pencil skirts will help create shape. Wrap dresses will also work well on this body shape, as they nip in and create a waist.
In order to dress for the inverted triangle body shape (you have broad shoulders, slim hips and shapely legs),you will want to balance your broader shoulders with your narrower lower body to create more of an hourglass silhouette. Wrap style tops and v-neck tops look best on this figure. Look for A-line skirts, which will enhance your lower body and help balance your upper body. Fit and flare dresses look great on this shape as well.
In order to dress for the pear body shape (the widest part of your body is at your hips), you should work on balancing your figure by accentuating the top half of your body. Fit and flare dresses work perfectly for this silhouette (we recommend trying an off the shoulder fit-and-flare for a trendy update), and highlight the smallest part of your waist. Structured jackets and A-line skirts also look great on this shape.
In order to dress for the hourglass body shape (curvy with a smaller waist), your goal should be highlighting your curves. Don’t hide them; find clothing that accentuates your body. We recommend looking for jumpsuits, tailored blazers and jackets and pencil skirts. As for dresses, wrap dresses perfectly highlight the area between your waist and hips. Try wide leg pants, which also help define your shape.
In order to dress for the apple body shape (you have a slim lower body carry weight around your middle), you should focus on highlighting your shoulders and legs. Steer away from form-fitting tops and try more flowy styles. Low rise, straight leg pants also compliment this shape. Shift dresses will be your go-to silhouette!