How to Dress for Your Body Type: Creating Effortlessly Flattering Outfits
As we mentioned last week, we are starting a new series on how to find your body type and how to implement styling proportions to make you look and feel the best in your clothes! If you didn’t catch our blog last week, click here to catch up! We went over how to identify your body shape and this week we will be discussing more in-depth how to style clothing based on your shape!
1. Pear Shape: If you have a pear-shaped body, focus on balancing your proportions. Opt for A-line skirts and dresses that highlight your waist. Pair them with tops that draw attention to your upper body, like off-the-shoulder or boat-neck styles.
2. Apple Shape: For an apple-shaped body, aim to create a definition at the waist. Choose empire waist dresses or tops that cinch in at the smallest part of your torso. Flowy tops and dresses with V-necks can also be flattering.
3. Hourglass Shape: With an hourglass figure it's all about emphasizing your curves. Wearing fitted clothing and anything that accentuates your waist like rap dresses, high-waisted bottoms, and belted styles are your best friends.
4. Rectangle Shape: If you have a rectangle-shaped body, create the illusion of curves. Opt for clothing that adds volume and definition to your bust and hips. Ruffled tops, peplum styles, and dresses with cinched waists can help create curves.
5. Inverted Triangle Shape: With an inverted triangle body shape, focus on balancing your proportions by wearing clothing that adds volume to your lower half, like wide-leg pants or A-line skirts. Off-the-shoulder tops and V-necklines can also help soften your upper body.
For all body types, the rule of thirds is a helpful guideline for achieving a balanced look. This rule states that it's best to have a piece of clothing take up 1/3, 2/3, or 3/3 of your body. For example, wearing shirts that hit just above your waist would be 1/3, and long pants or skirts would be 2/3, creating an elongated look. Pants and skirts that hit too far above your ankle can make you look shorter and create an unbalanced look. Another example is wearing a maxi dress that hits just above your ankles and takes up 3/3 of the body. If you'd like, you can add a belt at the smallest point of your waist creating a 1/3, 2/3 break.
Remember, these are just general guidelines, and the most important thing is to wear what makes you feel confident and comfortable. Experiment with different styles and have fun with fashion!