How to dress for your body type


Every woman is a different shape and size. One size 10 or size 16 will not be the same as another. That’s why it’s vital to dress not just for your size but for your body shape in order to find the pieces which will fit and flatter. Here’s how to determine your body shape and how to decide which fashion trends to embrace…


If you’re pair shaped, like Kim Kardashian or Shakira, your lower body will be wider than your upper body. So, you’ll have narrower shoulders and a smaller bust compared to your bottom, hips and thighs. You’re likely to have delicate shoulders and a flat stomach. Emphasise your best assets by choosing accessories which draw attention to your upper body. Try light-coloured tops and dark-coloured trousers or skirts to even out your proportions and wear a-line skirts to camouflage wider hips.


You’ll know your body is wedge-shaped, or an inverted triangle, if your shoulders are the broadest part of your body like those of Demi Moore or Renee Zellweger. Your hips and waist will be narrow and you’re likely to have a fantastic pair of legs. Wear wide-legged trousers to balance your upper and lower halves and steer clear of spaghetti straps which will draw attention to broad shoulders.


Rectangle shapes tend to have boyish, athletic figures like that of Cameron Diaz or Kate Hudson. But while they have stunning figures, what they lack are curves. The aim with rectangle-shapes is to make the most of slender arms and legs while creating the illusion that you have some curves. Look for tops with ruffles to add some oomph and cinch in your waist. For evening, you could choose a skirt with shape like a fish tail, but because of your slim build, you can get away with wearing pretty much anything day-to-day, from skinny jeans to a-line skirts.


Women who are apple shaped will find they have a full waist. You’ll probably also have rounded shoulders and a boyish bottom. Your best feature is likely to be your legs. Apple shaped celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Catherine Zeta-Jones always look incredible because they know how to dress to flatter their shape. To create a waist, use optical illusion dresses or choose a belt. If you’ve got great legs, show them off with a mini shift dress which will also disguise a heavier tummy.


The hourglass is often the shape most admired by men and women. Scarlett Johannson and Marilyn Monroe, with their ample bust and bottoms and nipped in waists are famous hourglasses. If you’re an hourglass, embrace your curves instead of swamping them. Choose fitted, tailored styles, otherwise, you could look larger than you are. Wrap dresses will look sexy without being over-the-top and block colours will flatter, rather than swamp, your figure.

By learning what really suits you, rather than simply following the latest fashion fads, you’ll be able to make what you wear work for you.

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