How To Dress For Your Body Type

We all love finding new favourite outfits that flatter our figures. But that is hard to do if you continuously ask yourself “how do I dress for my body type?” If you are struggling to find the perfect dress for your body type, don’t worry. The solution is simple - you need to know your body shape. Once you learn how to dress for your body type, it’s amazing how much easier shopping will be. It is important to understand your body shape so that you can accentuate your favourite features.

Every body shape is unique, and these guidelines are a good start to understanding the basics of dressing for your shape. Different body types include (but are not limited to) the following; hourglass, apple, pear, inverted triangle and column shapes. Before getting started here are a few universal tips that will help every shape create a proportioned frame. 1) Use your outfit to balance your body e.g. shoulders, hips or bust. 2) Carefully consider colours, lines and patterns to draw the eye to focal areas. 3) It is okay to break the rules sometimes, as long as you have fun, are playful with your choices and flaunt your body with confidence.


Hourglass and Apple Shapes

The hourglass body shape features balanced proportions of hips and shoulders, accentuated by a defined waist. Opt for dresses that cinch at the waist and cling to your silhouette, such as those with an empire silhouette or form fitting jersey knit fabrics. Mermaid or flared style hems further enhance your figure. Conversely, the apple body shape boasts a fuller waistline. Emphasise your bust and arms while opting for structured fabrics like taffeta. A line silhouettes and wrap dresses in bold patterns highlight your shape, with flared styles adding definition to your hips.


Pear and Inverted Triangle Shapes

The Pear body shape features wider hips compared to the bust, with a narrower waistline. To flatter this shape, opt for styles that elongate the body and incorporate detailing at the bust and waist to draw attention to these areas. Statement necklines like halter necks or off the shoulder styles accentuate the waist, while dark colours on the bottom half create a slimming effect. Conversely, the inverted triangle body shape is characterized by a larger top half and less definition between the waist and hips. Embrace items that accentuate the bottom half, such as dresses that flare from the waist and hips, or mermaid skirts and flared pants legs, to achieve a balanced look that draws the eye downwards.


Column Shape

The rectangle or column shape is where your shoulders and hip measurements are fairly uniform. Your shape can be defined by a straight up and down figure. A plunging neckline is a dramatically gorgeous option for accentuating your rectangle shape. A sheath silhouette will elongate the figure and streamline the bodice for a statuesque figure, whilst also helping to accentuate and show off your neckline. Styles that highlight your waist with detailing in that area like a chiffon overlay will create the illusion of a defined waist. Flowing and ruched dresses that feature a belt will cinch the waist and create an hourglass shape.


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Updated on 24.04.24

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