Dress For Your Body Type

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It’s a fashion myth that only the tall and gangly can dress well. No matter what your body type may be, there are outfits that will look great on you, and others that won’t work so well. The trick is to know what to choose, and make the best of what you’ve got. Learn how to flatter your personal shape with these easy tricks.


Apple Shape

If your body is fairly round in shape, with a soft middle and smaller legs, you can use your clothing to add structure to your shape and draw attention to your best features. Blazers and jackets with strong lines will add angles to your mid-section and shoulders, while slim leg jeans worn with a heel will emphasize your legs and add a little height.

Hourglass Shape

If you’ve got an hourglass figure, embrace it! Your curved hips, big breasts and narrow waist are all much sought after attributes, so dress to show them off without giving too much away. Nip in and emphasize your waist with belts, and find dresses that come in at the waist and flare out over your hips to create smooth, graceful lines. Avoid shapeless clothing and over-layering, as these will all hide your natural silhouette.

Athletic Shape

If you’re the straight up and down type, you may want to dress to create the illusion of feminine curves. Aim for delicate straps and and soft shoulders rather than anything too structured or boxy. If you’re tall and slim, high-waisted pants can be a great choice, and lightweight, soft fabrics will flatter you and add femininity to your look.

Triangle Shape

If your hips are wider than your shoulders and torso, you should over-emphasizing the slimness of your top half and focus on creating balance with your outfits. Pants or jeans with a slight flare at the bottom will help balance you out, and dark washes will flatter your legs. To draw attention to your upper body, pair bright tops with jeans and eye-catching jewellery.

Sarah Pinkerton

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