Finding Flattering Clothing for Your Body Type

Finding flattering clothing for your body type is one of the secrets to looking your best. Even if you have a well-toned and ideal figure, it won’t show if your tendency is to wear ill-fitting clothes. On the other hand, even an imperfect body shape can still look amazing given the right type of clothes. Here are the common body types of women and the best way to dress for each of them.

Dressing For an Hourglass Body Type

The hourglass figure is considered the ideal body shape. You are one of the lucky women with an hourglass body shape if you have a well-defined waist which is proportionally smaller than your bust and hips. Meanwhile, your bust line and hip line are almost the same size. If you have this body type then the type of clothing you should wear should be able to accentuate your curves without making you look heavy. Stick to clothes that are fitted to your figure. If you don’t like tight clothes then go for soft flowing fabrics that are still tailored to your figure. Naturally, you also want to wear clothes that show off your best features – low necklines to show off your cleavage, belted or corset-type blouses and dresses to emphasize your small waist.

Dressing For an Inverted Triangle Body Type

A woman with an inverted triangle body shape also has a small waist and big bust line but has very narrow hips and slender legs. Many inverted-triangle-shaped women also have flat buttocks. If you have this body type then it’s good to emphasize your upper torso by wearing blouses with low necklines and clothes that define your waist. To achieve the same balance in the lower area of your body, wear flared pants and skirts with an A-line cut.

Dressing For a Pear Shape Body Type

The pear shape is usually considered as the opposite of the inverted triangle body type. While your upper torso is relatively narrow in proportion to your lower body, your hips, thighs and buttocks tend to be full. Flattering clothing for this body type is one that emphasizes your upper torso while drawing attention away from your lower body. Wear dresses and blouses that emphasize your waist. Wear accessories like belts, necklaces, bracelets, brooches that further draw attention to the upper area of your body (but don’t wear them at the same time!). Skirts and pants should have a straight cut and can be slightly flared. Darker colors will also conceal your fuller bottom.

Dressing For a Rectangular Body Type

The rectangle body type is also referred to as a “boyish” body shape. This is because this figure features a small bust, flat buttocks, thin arms and legs and an undefined waist. Naturally, if you have this body type, your goal would be to make your figure a bit curvier. Flowy dresses with full skirts and narrow waistlines can help balance out your figure.

Dressing For an Oval Body Type

Overweight people or those who are packing on some extra pounds tend to fall under this category. You have an oval body shape if you have full thighs, buttocks, hips and bust line while your waist remains undefined. Oval-shaped women also tend to have bigger stomachs. Finding the right underwear for this body type is just as important as finding the right clothes. Be sure to pick underwear that offers ample support. Undergarments like shapewear can also give you a slimmer appearance. When wearing tops and bottoms, opt for the same color or at least two colors from the same family.


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