How to dress for your body type: all in one guide

Updated: Feb 3


  • Have you ever wondered why an outfit looks good on an influencer and not you? The outfit may not be designed for your body type. Knowing your body type can make or break your outfit, if you have ever tried on many outfits and something isn't right...read on.

There are five common body types. we will discuss each and provide some great examples to help you enhance your assets and balance out your body for the perfect outfit every time.


Inverted Triangle:

  • Characterized by broad shoulders and or bust that narrows down to the hips, creating an illusion of an inverted triangle shape. The goal is to create an illusion of a balanced silhouette by adding curves and shape to your lower body and create a more defined waist.



Tops:

  • Trapeze

  • Peplum

  • fitted scoop neck

  • wrap

  • fitted

AVOID:

  • puff sleeves

  • crop tops

  • detailed tops

Bottoms- Jeans and shorts:

  • Flare

  • Bootcut

  • Boyfriend jeans

  • Baggy jeans

  • Mom jeans

  • Jeans with embellishments or distressed jeans

AVOID:

  • Skinny jeans

  • Dark jeans

Dresses:


  • Shift dresses

  • Belted dresses

  • Strapless dresses

  • Patters or pleated dresses

  • A Line styles

AVOID:

  • Bodycon dresses

  • Details on the top of the dress




Inverted Triangle or commonly known as pear:

  • Characterized by a lower body that is wider than your upper body. You tend to gain weight in your thigh, butt, and or lower stomach. For this body type you want to balance your silhouette by adding interest and volume to your upper body and define your waist. This body type can be petite or plus size.



Tops:

  • Crop tops

  • Wrap bust

  • Ruffle

  • Stripes

  • Bust pocket or embellishments

  • puffed sleeves

  • Bright colors and or patterned tops

  • Layering tops add interest as well

Avoid:

  • Boxy oversized fits (Unless its cropped)


Bottoms- Jeans and shorts:

  • Boot leg

  • Flare

  • Wide leg

  • High rise

  • Straight leg

  • Palazzo

  • Paper bag shorts

AVOID:

  • Skinny jeans

  • Cropped pants

  • shorts with distress on the thighs

  • Embellishments

  • Light colored bottoms

  • Low rise bottoms

Dresses:

  • Fit and flare

  • A Line

  • Off the shoulder




Square:


  • Characterized by an equal bust, waist, and hips. The lack of curves creates an illusion of a Collum or square body shape.



Tops:

  • A good Push-Up bra!

  • Fitted with a belt at the natural waist

  • Puffed sleeves

  • Flared sleeves

  • Rolled short sleeve tops or cuffed long sleeve tops

  • Patterned tops or tops with embellishments or pockets

  • Layering your tops

AVOID:

  • Fitted sleeves

  • Boxy style shirts

  • Hip length tops

  • Vertical patters

  • Square neck tops

Bottoms-Jeans and shorts

  • Flare jeans

  • Culotte style

  • High rise bottoms

  • Paper bag shorts or jeans

  • Boot cut jeans

  • Loose fit mid- or high-rise shorts

AVOID:

  • Skinny jeans

  • low-rise bottoms

  • Hip or pocket embellishments

  • Straight leg jeans

Dresses:

  • Printed dresses

  • Empire style

  • Wrap dresses

  • Shift dresses

AVOID:

  • T Shirt dresses

  • Boxy dresses

  • Square neck dresses

Hourglass:


  • Characterized equal shoulders and hips with a defined waist. The goal is to accentuate your curves by highlighting your waist.





Tops:

  • Fitted scoop neck T

  • Fitted button up

  • Fitted wrap shirt

  • Belted shirts

  • Peplum tops

  • Off the shoulder tops

  • Square neck tops

AVOID:

  • High neck lines

  • Baby doll tops

  • Boxy fits

  • Embellished tops

Bottoms- Jeans and shorts

  • Straight leg jeans

  • Flare

  • Boot cut

  • Wide leg

  • High-rise jeans or shorts

  • Loose shorts

  • Belted waistband

  • Structures shorts

  • Jump suits or rompers

  • Paper bag shorts

AVOID:

  • Straight fit shorts

  • Distressed shorts or jeans

  • Low rise jeans or shorts

Dresses:

  • Wrap dresses

  • Shift dresses

  • Wrap dresses that tie at the waist

  • Peplum dresses that fall at the waist

  • Fit and Flare

AVOID:

  • Boxy dresses

  • T Shirt dresses



Apple/ Round:

  • Characterized by a lack of a visible waistline, fullness around the middle part of your body, broad shoulders and hips. Great Legs!!




Tops:

  • Low and wide neckline

  • Strapless

  • Sweetheart cut tops

  • Scoop neck tops

  • Square neck tops

  • Flared sleeves

  • Drape sleeves

  • Belted tops

AVOID:

  • Fitted sleeve tops

  • High neckline tops

  • Narrow collars

  • Overly tight or fitted tops

Bottoms-Jeans and shorts

  • Mid-rise jeans or shorts

  • Wide leg

  • Cargo pants or shorts

  • Boot cut

  • Flowy pants like palazzo pants

  • Paper bag shorts or Jeans

AVOID:

  • Skinny jeans

  • High-rise jeans or shorts

  • Tapered pants

Dresses:

  • High rise A Line dresses

  • Trumpet dresses

  • Flip skirts

  • Asymmetrical dresses or skirts

  • Wrap dresses

  • Belted dresses

  • Straight cut dresses

  • Flowy dresses

AVOID:

  • Mid-waist tiered skirts

  • Bodycon dresses


In conclusion we aim to piece together a wardrobe that fits your body type, provide you with ultimate confidence, and take away the guess work for you every day when you get dressed. Check out our online store, and we will guide you if needed as to what piece fits your body type and lifestyle. This creates an effortless shopping experience, and you know that what you buy will showcase your best features.





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