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How to Dress According to Your Body Shape

For a great look, your clothes are really important. However, what is even more important is how they sit and look on you. A blouse may look stunning in the store, but when you put it on, it doesn’t look good at all. This has much to do with your body shape.

Dressing for your body shape really has nothing to do with fashion, yet still, it is extremely important for your overall look. But when it comes to dressing according to your body shape, it is about trying to find garments that emphasize the best with your body and what you like most.

When you dress according to the look of your own body, you create the illusion of perfect proportions, even if the shoulders are much wider than the hips or hips much more prominent than the bust.

Fashion is constantly changing in the same way that make-up changes by season. One year it’s in with rouge and the other is not. The same goes for clothes, but if you know what suits your body shape, you will always look fashionable!

Dressing according to your body shape is almost as important as finding the right clothes. It can make the difference between an amazing and average look. It’s not only about having clothes that fit properly (although this is extremely important as well), but it is also about choosing clothes according to how your body is shaped in order to highlight and hide different parts of your body.

Worth noting is that body shapes do not necessarily have to be clear-cut. This means you may be between two body shapes. With that said, try to identify these body tips, and then incorporate tips for both body types. Furthermore, test, try and see what works for you. You can also seek advice from a friend or expert.

Below, we share some of the most common body shapes and how you should dress accordingly.

Pear shape body

The pear body shape means that you are neater at the top (bust, waist, and shoulders) but have wider hips and thighs. As the name suggests, shaped similar to a pear. The goal here is to balance your body and give some highlights to the upper part of your body. A great way to do this is to wear dark colors for your bottom half and lighter garments for the top. The good news with this body shape is that executed properly, you can create the perception of an hourglass body shape.

You easily create a balance by choosing trousers and skirts that are single-colored and patterned garments at the top. Feel free to invest in stylish drapes and earrings such as the halter neck, boat-ringed clothes, and V-ring tops. Exhibited pants look great on you, but beware of choosing just for exhibited options.

Apple shape body

The person who has the body shape “the apple” is the widest in the middle, e.g. bust and stomach. It is a rounder body shape where the waist is rarely noticed. The goal here is to highlight shoulders and legs

Feel free to choose tunics of various kinds and invest in stylish earrings that take focus from the center. You should not dress in big sweaters. Many people think that big garments are hiding, but the truth is that they only make you look even bigger.

Furthermore, avoid skinny jeans and straight-leg pants. Instead, opt for flared or boot cut pants.


The rectangle is a straight and narrow body shape. If you have this body shape, your goal should be to create curves. Shoulders and hips are equally wide and the waist is not noticed. Avoid anything too tight-fitting clothing and opt for undulating alternatives that lure the eye. Patterns and bright colors enlarge and dark colors decrease. Keep this in mind. You create the best illusion by choosing garments with different details on, eg. sequins, prints, or anything else that suits your taste. Avoid straight skirts and dresses. They just make you look even straighter.

Another tip is to wear a belt to accentuate a shape at your waist.

Hourglass figure

The hourglass figure is probably the most sought after body shape by most people. Here you have a bigger bust, narrow waist, and bigger hips. The advantage of this body shape is that it fits in almost all types of cuts, earrings, and colors. Be careful, however, with far too daring clothes and rather invest in the stylish and stylish jackets, blouses, and tops with a wrap.

When you have an hourglass figure, you want to highlight your curves. Try to accentuate your body’s lines. A way to do this is to choose clothes that draw attention to your waist.

Downward/inverted triangle

Do you have narrower hips and small buttocks, but wider shoulders and bigger bust? Then you probably have the body shape called “downward/inverted triangle”. Create a balance by playing with different patterns and colors. At the top, you can choose single-color options to focus on patterns on the bottom instead. The same goes for color choices. Feel free to choose darker garments at the top and lighter clothing on hips, buttocks, thighs!

The goal os dressing with this body shape is to balance your broader shoulders with your narrower lower body. You want to do this to achieve more of an hourglass silhouette.

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