How to dress for your body type

Everyone has a different body type, which is part of what makes us unique. However, there are certain consistencies in shape which help us to identify with a particular body type, and no type is more preferable than another, it is simply different. Clothing stores have difficulty catering for the female physique, and it is a hot topic as women’s sizes are challenging, if not outright impossible to totally standardize. Be that as it may, there are particular clothing styles which suit certain body shapes.

Determine your body shape

The first step is in identifying what body shape you are, and many online aids can help you to do this. Common body shapes include an apple, pear, rectangle, and hourglass. There may be variations of this, but the general idea is the same. One outfit that suits one body-type may look totally different on another. Many people get worried about this, and it can make them feel self-conscious seeing another person looking a certain way in an outfit, and then feeling disappointed when it doesn’t seem quite the same on them. This is a common problem with celebrity outfits, as often people may see them as the pinnacle of fashion and aspire to look this way. However, body-positivity movements are allowing people to find beauty in every body-shape, rather than the typical, advertised shapes. Of course, it’s entirely up to you to wear what you feel happy and comfortable in, but these are based on recommendations made by fashion experts.


‘The Apple’ body shape

Experts have suggested that this body shape is about drawing attention to the chest and neckline and removing the focus from the midriff area. So avoid tight belts around the waist, or tighter tops with flowy arms. The suggestion is to utilize your arms and legs, and anything flowy will suit this figure lovely. The ‘apple’ body shape has the physique to really accentuate their legs. There are so many dresses that will highlight the features on an ‘apple’ shape, giving those curves the attention you want to give them. Great dress styles include swing, skater, wrap, and flared. Practically anything flowy will look awesome. If you’re more of a pants person, then flared and flowy is also recommended, as opposed to skinny jeans.

‘The Pear’ body shape

So pears tend to be bottom heavy, which means it depends on whether you want to show those hips off, or accentuate the upper half. This body shape can suit accentuating the shoulders, so anything off-shoulder or shoulder-showing will do this nicely. For pants, it is generally recommended to wear straight-leg or slightly flared, as skinny or flares can appear a bit much and overpower the assets.

‘The Rectangle’ body shape

This body shape is called the rectangle as it is generally for forms of the straighter variety, which means you have a lot of variety when it comes to clothing. Some recommend anything with volume and frills, as it won’t swallow you up. Anything that accentuates the waste, such as a wasted belt, or any dresses that do this, will flatter this figure. It’s generally advised to avoid anything ‘shapeless,’ so too flowy or if it hangs off too much.


‘The Hourglass’ body shape

Many women have made this famous, with both top and bottom assets, and a slimmer waistline. Recommendations are similar to the rectangle, as anything that flatters the waistline will allow those curves to be defined. However, generally, you can choose whether you would like to make your upper or lower half stand out, whether it’s straight-legged trousers to a low neck-lined top.

Ultimately, the decision is yours when it comes to your wardrobe, and these are basic guidelines to help define what clothes may complement your shape best.