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How to dress for your body type

How to dress for your body type

We all love finding new favorite 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 female body type, it’s amazing how much easier shopping will be. 

Read on to discover what your body type is and learn how to work with your body shape, not against it. 


What’s Your Body Type? 

Knowing your body type will help you learn how to dress for your body type and age. While everybody is unique and beautiful, there are five body types that most women align with. 

Apple

This type of body shape is known for a larger upper body with a less defined waist, also known as a circle or round body type. Keep your jackets and tops more simple, and aim for a more balanced look, meaning well-fitted, tailored dresses that aren’t skin tight. To find the perfect dress for this body type, avoid body-conscious dresses and go for a slim-fit dress. 

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Pear

A pear shaped body type means that your hips are wider than your shoulders, also known as a triangle body type. For this body type, you want to draw attention to your upper half by choosing prints or bright colours. Wear dark colours on your bottom half to slim your hips down. A-line or fit and flare dresses are the most flattering dresses for this body type. 


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Hourglass

If you have an hourglass body type, you have balanced hips and shoulders with a waist that is well defined. When learning how to dress for this body type, remember to accentuate your waist since it is the slimmest part of your body. Show off your legs with a mini skirt or wear a fit and flare dress or modest dress to display your natural shape. 

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Inverted triangle

An inverted triangle body shape is known for a larger top half than bottom half and less definition between the waist and hips. Don’t shy away from items that accentuate your bottom half. The perfect dress for this body type will add volume to the hips such as a dress that flares from the waist and hips. 

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Column

A rectangle body shape means all measurements are fairly equal and you wear the same size in tops and bottoms. It is also called the “athletic” body shape. Almost every type of dress will compliment your body, such as fit and flare, belted, ruched, and puff sleeve dresses. 

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So the next time you ask yourself “how do I dress for my body type?”, refer back to these five body types to determine which one fits you. If you’re not one of these shapes, don’t panic because these are just basic guidelines. Whether you fall into several of these categories or fall into none, these tips will teach you how to dress for your female body type


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