Body shape is all about proportion, and fashion is all about dressing those proportions to look their very best.
When you think about body types, don’t concentrate on weight and height, instead, you should focus on shape. A slender gal can have the same body shape as a curvy gal, just as a short woman can have the same body shape as her taller friend.
Each of us is unique – and our bodies are, too! Nevertheless, our body shapes are generally narrowed down to five general categories: pear, wedge, rectangle, apple and hourglass. You might fall into one category, or you might be a blend of two or more categories.
Once you have determined your body shape, you can begin to consider which fashion trends to embrace and which to avoid. Spend some time in front of the mirror and do a honest and fair assessment of your own body. Then put these basic yet useful fashion tips to work for your own!
- Pear-Shaped Body
- Focus attention upward. Pear-shaped women should focus attention on the upper half of their pear-shaped body by choosing slim, fitted tops, button-down shirts and cardigans.
- Layer it up. Layering garments can balance a pear-shaped body by adding visual interest to the top half of the body.
- Embellish around the neck. Shirts and dresses with embellished necklines naturally draw the eye upward toward the slimmest part of a pear-shaped body.
- Wide is good. Keep the hems of pants, skirts and dresses wide to visually balance a pear-shaped body. Pointy-toed shoes with a wide-hemmed pants will elongate your legs.
- Go for an A. A-line dresses and tops emphasize the upper body while slimming wider hips characteristic of a pear-shaped body.
- Get a little structure. Structured pants are a great fit, especially those that skim the hips and thighs of a pear-shaped body. Avoid flashy embellishments like cargo pants, funky pockets or embroidery.
- Wedge-Shaped Body
- Draw the eye down. Since a wedge body shape means your shoulders are the broadest part of your body, your style goal is to draw the eye downwards toward the narrower parts of your body, such as your waistline.
- Be ‘waistful.‘ Create the illusion of a waist with a wide belt or high-waisted styles.
- Steer clear of strappy styles. Spaghetti strap styles draw attention to your shoulders — a major no-no for wedge body shapes. Boatnecks are a style don’t, too.
- Brighten up your bottom. Don’t be afraid of wearing bright colors on your bottom half. Again, this draws the eye down to the narrowest part of your wedge body shape.
3. Rectangle-Shaped Body
- Create curves. Look for scoop-neck and sweetheart tops that help create curves. Belt your waist to create more of an hourglass figure. Wear tops with collars, ruffles and details to flatter your chest.
- Layer it up. Layering adds more dimensions to a simple rectangle body shape.
- Go lean. Wear long jackets to create a lean look and emphasize your narrow rectangle body shape.
- Pants are easy. Because of your rectangle body shape, you can wear most pants styles and don’t have to worry about them being too tight. In fact, clothes that hug your body will create the illusion of curves.
- Support those girls. Stylists can’t say it enough — a well-fitting bra is essential for rectangle body shapes, which tend to be boyish. The right bra will make the most of the curves you have.
4. Apple-Shaped Body
- Elongate your top. Find a v-neck that glides over your body and lengthens your top; this has a natural slimming effect. Don’t go too tight or too loose, though.
- Add a belt. Add slimming definition to your waist with a belt over a dress or long blouse.
- Monochromatic outfits. Lengthen and slim your apple silhouette with the same color on top and bottom. Mix it up with varying shades of the same color and different fabric combinations.
- Avoid tapered, tight bottoms. Boot-cut and flared jeans give a long and lean look. Too-tight and tapered jeans fail in creating a clean, straight line from the waist down.
- Support those girls. With a full bust, a properly fitting bra can completely change your look.
- A good bra is essential for this body type. Make sure you get a good supportive bra that will thrust your bustforwards. You will want to wear mostly V-shaped tops or tops with a deep neckline. High necklines will just make your bust area too bulky
- If you have some weight around the addomen then make sure your buy your dress in supportive fabric.
- Look for dresses that fit your boobs and elongate your waist. They should fit very snugly around that area.
- T-shirts look nicest when they fit your waist, have a V-neck and have some accents on the shoulders.
- Wear single-breasted jackets that are tailored. They will often look best when left open to create a nice vertical line, which elongates
- Get a coat that highlights your waist and featuress a V-neck.
- Choose shirts that accentuate your boobs and that don’t have buttons all the way to the top.
- Other skirts can work too but will usually look better when they end around the knee.
- encil skirts that fit well are ideal for the hourglass as they accentuate your wonderful curves.
- Opt for flat front boot cut trousers, preferably with stretch for a snug fit.
- Choose shoes that accentuate your curves, like shoes with rounded toes, peep toes or bows.