You’re scrolling through Instagram, whiling away your time looking at outfits that tickle your fancy, you see a dress you really like, the model looks incredible in it, you imagine places you’d wear it to and accessories you’d wear it with, you’re excited and quickly make enquires to buy it.
You wait a few days, impatient, it should be here already. When it’s finally delivered, you tear open the packaging and you try it on, but something feels... off.
You model it in front of your mirror, twisting and turning, you stick a leg out, suck in your tummy, and yet, it doesn’t look right, didn’t look like it did on the model, you feel like its a poor imitation of the dress and you prepare to rant on twitter.
But before that, how about we tell you why it didn’t look good on you?
The dress wasn’t made for your body type, It was made to fit the model who wore it and that’s why it looked good.
Wondering what your body type is? We’ve got you covered!
3 tips to dress for your body type
Before we jump into the specifics of how to dress for your body, there are a few universal tips we’d like to share. These are important to remember regardless of what shape or size you are because they’re designed to help anyone create a proportioned frame.
Balance it out:
The body shape is almost entirely based on your bone structure—not your weight. Use your outfit to balance your shoulders, bust, waist, and hips.
Draw the eye:
Use lines to focus the eye where you want it to go. They can help you create curves, lengthen, or emphasize your favorite parts of your body.
Think about color:
Your eye is also drawn to patterns and light, bright colors more so than solid black or navy. Keep this in mind when choosing separates.
While everyone has a body type distinct to them, there are categories these body types fall under.
The Pear Body
The pear-shaped body is all in the lower part of your body. Your butt and thighs are visually bigger than your upper body. So, make some space for that base, people. Thanks To Kim Kardashian and others, this body is a rage right now. You’re lucky if you’ve naturally got a figure like this or achieved this with workouts.
How To Dress For Pear Body Shape?
The advantage of this body type is that you can create an illusion of an hourglass figure if styled correctly. Your shoulders are narrow, and hips are wide. All you have to do is to strike a balance. Or, wear outfits that enhance your lower body, either way, works well.
The Hourglass Body Shape
You know when you’re an hourglass body shape, and so will the others. This body type is the most balanced of all with a proportionate top and bottom part of the body with a well-defined waistline. So when you look for dresses, choose the ones that do just that for you. It is a body to die for, so flaunt it and in the right way.
How To Dress For An Hourglass Body Shape?
Since you have a well-balanced figure, your dresses should do the same as well. The dress should sit well at the right curves and follow the outline of these curves. Make the most of it, because not everybody has this!
The Apple Body Type
You will fall under this apple-shaped figure when you have a heavier upper body in comparison to your lower part of the body. People with this body type usually have broad shoulders, bigger bust line, and that’s why it feels like the weight gathers around the midriff.
How To Dress For Apple Body Shape?
Since most of the weight and concentration is above the hips, the mid-riff appears heavier than the remaining body with a minimal waistline. So, the idea here is to take the attention away from that part of the body and highlight your strengths. That’s why you need to flaunt your legs or wear the dress with V or deep V necklines that created an elongated illusion of the torso.
The Rectangle Body Type:
The rectangle-shaped body is usually well balanced from the shoulders to the hips. So, there is not too much of a definition to your silhouette, and it’s fairly straightforward.
How To Dress For A Rectangle Body Shape?
Your arms and legs are the assets. So, focus on enhancing that. It’s like the hourglass figure minus the defined waistline.
One Last Thought On Body Shapes
Everybody and everybody is different. If you’re not one of these shapes—that’s ok! These dressing guidelines are best used as a starting point to understand the basics. And, let’s be honest, most women are a combination of several! It’s all about mixing & matching until you find what’s best for you. Remember, a real fashionista explores her options and is adventurous.