How to Dress for Your Body Shape

The Dos & Don’ts Plus Tips of Dressing for Every Body Type for Women

Learn how to dress for your body shape and feel more confident:

Don’t feel bad about your body shape, OWN IT! Everyone has a unique body shape of their own. But most people fall into a certain label or category of body shape/size/ type.

If you want to learn more about dressing for every shape or wonder how to dress for your body shape for your own body type to always look your best, then read on. If you don’t see your body shape, please comment your shape and I will add it to the list if I can find more info about it and post it here as an update.

Every shape has its own unique beauty.  You don’t have to be a certain body type. These days, there are so many shapes and most people have seen many other people with every body type.

Don’t feel ashamed if you don’t like your body shape…just make a change to your style or habits or… if you love your body type, comment below with your own testimony of why you are happy with your body shape and how you style it to help others and show you are proud of your look and confident. We also accept guest posts! See our contact us page.

No matter what you’ve read in the fashion magazines, there is no cookie-cutter approach to style. 

The fun thing about fashion (and the reason we’re so obsessed with clothes and shoes) is that literally anything goes — if it makes you look and feel good too.

The first step to finding the right clothes to bring out your inner goddess, or rock star or CEO is to figure out your specific body type so that you can play up your best features.

So here is the info about how to dress for your body shape:


1. Hourglass body shape tips

Balance – keep the proportion of fuller bust even with fuller hips and thighs.

Wear dresses that have a fitted top half and hug your waist

Wear V-necks and sweetheart necklines

Accessorize with belts

A-line cut or wrap dresses are a match made in heaven for you.

Don’t hide your curves with baggy clothing

Do wear fitted dresses

Do wear belts at the waist to enhance your body shape

Do try wrap dresses

Do try high-waisted skirts

Do wear skinny or straight leg jeans.


2. Pear body shape tips

DO try A-line skirts

DO keep hems of pants, skirts and dresses wide to balance the hips.

DO experiment with light-colored tops and dark-colored bottoms for contrast.

DO look for boat neck tops, square and cowl necklines.

DO wear strapless dresses to show off arms and even out proportions.

DO try styles with ruffles on top.

DO wear jackets that hit right above the waist.

DO opt for pointy-toed shoes to elongate your legs.


3. Apple body shape tips

DO wear bright colors on bottom.

DO wear wide-leg pants.

DO wear full skirts.

DON’T wear spaghetti-strap tops.

DON’T wear boat neckline tops.

DO experiment with high-waisted styles.

DO look for clothes that create the illusion of a waist.


4. Rectangle body shape tips

DO wear scoop neck and sweetheart tops to create curves.

DO wear long jackets to create a lean look.

DO wear tops with collars, ruffles and details to flatter your chest.

DO wear a good bra that will make the most of what you have.

DON’T wear overwhelming styles.

DO layer to add more dimensions.

DO wear dresses with ruching. Cinches on sides are ideal.

DO have fun with colorful bottoms… feel free to experiment


5. Inverted Triangle body shape tips

As your best assets are your legs, try something shorter but that has sleeves to give some balance and not showing too much at one time.

Do wear bright colors on the bottom.

Do look for clothes that create the illusion of a waist.

Do experiment with high-waisted styles.

Do wear full skirts and wide-leg pants

Don’t wear spaghetti-strap tops

Don’t wear boat neckline tops.


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  • Alicia Louis

    Nice post, Kaitlyn Millet. According to your post, I think I have a Rectangle shape body. I love Skinny Jeans, and I always receive admiring glances from men anytime I’m in one. But I don’t like tops with collars. Maybe I will give it a try.

  • Victoria

    Even after reading from that welcome note from this website that reads ‘you’re beautiful’, I sometimes still doubt my beauty. However, each time I come online and see this, I feel a little bit of confidence from within. I dislike my shape so much and it is not just about me. Many ladies are out there are in my kind of situation. I feel disconnected to men I love because of my shape and that is bringing some sort of low self-esteem already. Reading from this blog however change my orientation. I now know I don’t have to hate myself but rather change my style to complement my shape. Guess what? I now attract those men I think I couldn’t before now. Kaybeth is a pro when it comes to advising you about your beauty. Do something for me. Just listen!

  • Arbakan

    I have also been a fashion blogger for a long time. I came across this post during random surfing and I could not stop myself from reading whole article. I think every possible shape is covered in this one. Going to bookmark this blog. Keep it up.

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