Tuesday, April 7

Guide to Dressing for Your Body Type

Fashion is a tool to create a look you love, and depending on our unique body shape, some of our style choices may or may not help us in creating such a look.  In dressing for you body, it is all about balance.  Body shape is all about proportion, and fashion is all about dressing those proportions to look their very best.

The first step to dressing for our body type is to determine your shape.  Next is to embrace it.  Once you've determined your body shape, begin to consider which styles work best for your body type, and which you should avoid.

What's your body shape?


Your shape is curvy with a small waist.  The objective is to show off your body shape, without giving too much away.  Simplicity is key.
Styles that work best: Pencil skirts, fitted jackets, tops with scoop necklines and three-quarter length sleeves.


You are slimmer in your lower body, carrying most of your weight in the midsection.  The goal is to minimize your middle by emphasizing the neckline, arms, and legs.  Structured pieces are best for minimizing your rounded shape by adding lines and angles, while flowy fabrics are great because they pull away from the body.
Styles that work best:  structured jacket, straight-leg pants with a low waist, high-waist circle skirt, wrap dresses


The widest part of your body is around your hips.  Elongate and balance your figure by drawing the eye upward, while accentuating your waist to create a balanced, hourglass figure.  
Styles that work best:  anything off-the-shoulder, a-line skirts, embellished tops, cropped tops and jackets, boot-leg pants


Your shape is slender and often athletic.  Stay away from simple, fitted cuts that can make your shape appear boxy, opting instead for pieces to add softness to your body and create curves.
Styles that work best: tops with asymmetrical or rounded hemlines, high-waist or wide-leg pants, wrap dresses

Do you dress according to your body type?  What styles do/don't work for your shape?