How To Dress For Your Body Type


Just like us, celebrities are of all shapes and sizes! The trick to looking amazing everyday is understanding how your body shape works and playing up your assets! I've put together an easy-to-follow guide to help you figure out your body type and play up those sexy parts so that you can get the most out of your outfits.

First we must determine what type of body you have. In general, women's bodies are divided into five shapes: pear, wedge, rectangle, apple, and hourglass. 

Body Type: Pear
Celebrities who share your shape: Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera
Characteristics of a Pear: Bigger lower than upper body, hips are wider than your shoulders, flat stomach, smaller chest, slim upper body, slim arms.
Best Asset(s): Your flat stomach and slim upper body!
What you must do: Balance out hips, show off your waist!
Tips & Tricks: 

  • No full or clingy dresses!
  • Wear boat neck tops (to balance shoulders with hips)
  • Wear strapless dresses to show off those arms!
  • Straight leg or boot cut jeans are best to minimize hips
  • A-line skirts camouflage hips
  • Avoid tops that hit at the waist (they accentuate hips and thighs)
  • Wear light tops and dark bottoms
  • Keep it simple on bottom, have fun with prints and colors on top
  • Long blazers and tunics are your best friends
Outfits for a Pear Shape

Body Type: Wedge
Celebrities who share your shape: Audrina Patridge, Brooke Shields, Pam Anderson
Characteristics of a Wedge: Wide upper body (shoulders, breasts), slim hips, thin legs.
Best Asset(s): Your legs!
What you must do: Balance your upper and lower body!
Tips & Tricks: 

  • Wear full skirts to balance out top
  • No thin-strapped tops
  • No boat neck styles
  • Wear wide legged pants to balance you out 
  • Brighter colors on bottom
  • Wear shorter skirts and shorts with longer tops
  • Ankle strap shoes look great with your legs
  • One shoulder styles look best with your upper body
  • Pleats balance out your bottom
  • Outfits for a wedge shape

Body Type: Rectangle
Celebrities who share your shape: Kate Bosworth, Heidi Klum, Gwyneth Paltrow
Characteristics of a Rectangle: Equal upper and lower body, slim waist, little to no curves, slim legs, hips and arms, smaller chest.
Best Asset(s): You're slim all over! Play up those legs and slim arms!
What you must do: Balance your upper and lower body, play up the bust line.
Tips & Tricks: 

  • Sweetheart necklines play up your bust line
  • V necks draw attention to your upper body while making you appear taller
  • Skinny jeans are your friend
  • Layer your look for more dimension and curve
  • Cinching on sides creates curves
  • Long jackets and cardigans create a lean look
  • Outfits for a rectangle shape

    Body Type: Apple
    Celebrities who share your shape: Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Simpson, America Ferrera
    Characteristics of an Apple: Upper body is bigger than lower, sometimes larger middle, slim hips, large chest, broad shoulders.
    Best Asset(s): Your legs and hips! 
    What you must do: Downplay mid-section and shoulders.
    Tips & Tricks: 

    • V-necks create the illusion of a longer and slimmer torso
    • Wrap dresses cinch your middle
    • Shorter skirts show off those legs!
    • Empire waistlines in tops and dresses hide your middle
    • Tunics that cinch right below the bust line create the illusion of a thinner middle and longer torso
    • Outfits for an apple shape

Body Type: Hourglass
Celebrities who share your shape: Beyonce, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson
Characteristics of an Hourglass: Equal upper and lower body, slim waist.
Best Asset(s): Your curves!
What you must do: Show off your curves while remaining tasteful.
Tips & Tricks: 

  • Wear dresses that are fitted, but not too tight
  • No baggy clothing (it will make you look large all over)
  • Always cinch your waist with a belt
  • High-waisted skirts accentuate your slim waist
  • Skinny jeans look great with fitted tops
  • Peplum styles create more curves with a tailored look
  • Cap sleeves create a modest look while tighter fitting dresses hug your curves
  • Bandage skirts and dresses show off your curvy shape
  • Pencil skirts look great as they show off hips and slim legs
  • Outfits for an hourglass shape

Tips for everyone:

  • Heels add height and correct posture, creating the illusion of a longer torso and slimmer body & legs
  • Darker colors will always slim, while prints and brights draw attention
  • Belting a dress or top will create the illusion of a slim waist
  • When in doubt, go for a hemline of 2'' above your knee
  • Wrap dresses flatter every body type
  • Nude shoes create the illusion of a slimmer body and legs
  • Boat neck styles widen shoulders, while v-necks elongate torso
Celeb photo from She Knows
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  1. This info is so helpful to all women who want to look their best and make better shopping choices. I'm so glad I know what works for my shape :)


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