Posted by: tanyams | September 25, 2009

Beauty Tip of the Day – Dressing for your Body Shape

This is something for almost everyone, you should be able to know how to make your body look it best no matter what shape or size you may be.

 

What is My Body Shape?

There are four common body shapes, and a majority of women fall into one of those shape categories. Common body types include:

  • The Apple Body Shape: Women with this type of shape usually have an upper body that is larger than their lower body. When women with this body type gain weight, it has a tendency to show around the waistline.
  • The Pear Body Shape: Pear-shaped body types typically have a smaller upper body. Weight gain tends to fall in the hips, thighs, and legs.
  • The Hourglass Shape: A defined waist and curvy upper and lower body are typical of this body type.
  • The Rectangle Body Type: AKA athletic or straight body type, rectangular body shapes have fewer defined curves. Waist, hips, and breast measurements may be more similar to each other than with other body types, and weight gain is often evenly distributed.

Keep in mind that these are general shapes. Use the tips as a guideline to draw attention to your best features and look your best!

Lindsay doesnt always dress for her apple shaped body, but this pretty dress gives her a defined waist and long neck which makes her look more proportioned

Lindsay doesn't always dress for her apple shaped body, but this pretty dress gives her a defined waist and long neck which makes her look more proportioned

Body Shape Fashion Tips for Apple Types

Apple shapes can show off fabulous legs! Typically apply body shapes need to de-emphasize the waist, and sometimes minimize the appearance of broad shoulders or chest. Try a few of the following style tips:

  • V-neck tops can create a more elongated look and draw eyes upward.
  • Cinched waists or wrap tops and belted or nipped waist jackets can give the illusion of a smaller waist.
  • Raised waist and empire tops and dresses can camouflage extra weight around the tummy.
  • Go for low-rise, flat front jeans and pants in flared or wide leg styles, or boot cuts with slimming tops.
  • Pair shorter skirts with tunic style to show off great legs and create proportion.
Alicia plays up her smaller upper body with brights and dark wash jeans to slimmen her lower half

Alicia plays up her smaller upper body with brights and dark wash jeans to slimmen her lower half

Tips for Pear Body Shapes

You girls can draw attention to the fabulous shoulders and top half. Look for clothing that broadens and adds dimension to shoulders and draws attention away from hips and thighs. Pear body shape fashion tips include:

  • Choose wider necklines, such as squared, or cowl necks
  • Blouses and tops with pattern and texture draw attention to the upper body.
  • Pair light or brightly colored tops with darker bottoms for a more balanced look.
  • Boot cut or boyfriend cut jeans and pants can help create the appearance of leaner looking legs for pears.
  • A-line or asymmetric skirts skim the hips rather than drawing attention to them.
  • Choose jackets that fall just above the hip rather than longer versions.

 

Amanda uses her thin frame to wear tight dresses that give the illusion of curves
Amanda uses her thin frame to wear tight dresses that give the illusion of curves

Tips for Rectangle Body Shapes

Usually you girls have slender bodies. Lucky you! You can create the illusion of more curves with a few rectangle body shape fashion tips:

  • Look for scoop neck or v-neck tops to create curves.
  • Choose jackets with defined waists or that flare out from the waist.
  • Low rise straight, flared or skinny jeanswith a lighter fade in the thigh area creates the illusion of curvier legs and hips.
  • Layered looks can add more dimension to this figure type.
  • Try tops and blouses that have detail around the bust area for shape.
  • The dresses that are straight are styles that break up a silhouette with prints, patterns, dimension details like rouching, and tailored designs.

Salma knows how to work her hourglass figure

Salma knows how to work her hourglass figure

Tips for Hourglass Shapes

Hourglass shapes can show off their curves. You can either draw attention to a narrow waist and show off curves, or choose clothing that de-emphasizes bust and hips to create a longer, leaner look.

To show off curves:

  • Choose waist-defining clothing like wrap dresses, cinches waists, and belted anything.
  • High-waisted pants and skirts show off the waist and hips.
  • Tailored blouses and fitted skirts and dresses show off your curves.

To elongate and balance an hourglass:

  • Go for monochromatic colors for balance.
  • Choose v-necks to flatter and draw the eye in vertical motion.
  • Choose thin, lightweight fabrics to avoid adding extra bulk.
  • Try pants or jeans with a slight flare for balance.
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Responses

  1. I wish I knew what my body shape was! I think I am either pear shaped or (small) hourglass shaped. I know I have curves, but they are not the typical 36-24-36 curves. Since I don’t know what my shape is, I just wear what I like and hope it works! 😛

  2. Hey very nice blog!!….I’m an instant fan, I have bookmarked you and I’ll be checking back on a regular….See ya

  3. I dont know If I said it already but …Hey good stuff…keep up the good work! 🙂 I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,)

    …..Frank Scurley

  4. Awesome blog!

    I thought about starting my own blog too but I’m just too lazy so, I guess Ill just have to keep checking yours out.
    LOL,


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