How to Dress Based on Your Body Type

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Not all physiques are created equal, this is why different body types exist. If you’re not sure how to know your body shape and how to dress fashionably, here’s a styling guide to use.

Apple Body Shape

Women with heavier upper and narrower lower body fall within this category. To make your outfit work for you, make sure that your clothing takes the attention away from the area above the hip and highlights your assets. Choose a dress that exposes your legs or neck such as deep V necklines. These features create an illusion of a more elongated figure.

Hourglass Body Shape

Among all body types, this body shape is the most proportionate and balanced in the top and bottom. If you’re blessed with this body shape, the right clothes will help you flaunt your body the right way. Dresses that cinch at the waistline are your best bet. Pair it with a nice belt that sits at your natural waistline or below the belly button. Go for A-line dresses or similar cuts to further accentuate your assets.

Pear Body Shape

You have a pear body shape if you have a heavier bottom and smaller upper section. When styled correctly, you can create an illusion of an hourglass figure. Strike a balance wearing wide-legged bottoms, A-line skirts and dresses, or clothes with patterns or ruffles.

Rectangle Body Shape

Women with rectangle body shape have a well-balanced top and bottom, however, they don’t have much definition along the waist and other curve areas. To complement your body shape, it’s best to focus more on your arms and legs. Wear A-line skirts, ruffled dresses, and layered tops. Strapless and sweetheart neckline shirts are also great alternatives.

Inverted Triangle Body Shape

This body shape is characterized as the athletic type. You have broader shoulders and narrower hips. This is when you need to make your arms and shoulders work for you. Add definition to your hips by wearing straight cut jeans and dresses. Pencil cut skirt and skinny jeans will also work for your figure. As for tops, go for the ones with V-shaped necklines.

Miles James

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