How To Dress For Your Body Shape?

Not everyone’s body is the same. This probably explains why the very same dress that looked absolutely awesome on your girlfriend, may look weird on you. No, there’s nothing bad to feel about. There will be plenty of things that will look great on you, yet will not suit her as well. Hence it is very imperative that you pick an outfit that complements your body, and avoid those that look bad. Let’s talk about how you can dress up according to your body shape. The first step is to study your body in a full length mirror. Come on, now who doesn’t enjoy admiring themselves in a mirror? The only thing is to understand your body shape as well, while admiring it. There are different types of body shapes. Identify yours, and then dress up accordingly.

Apple Shape Body

Apple Shape Body

Apple-shaped body

This is a body type where the shoulders happen to be broader than the hips. So the abdomen and the chest tend to look out of proportion to the rest of the body, giving you a rounded apple-like figure. Friends, don't you worry, you can look equally or even more stunning, with a body like yours. Wear clothes that do not cling to your body. Such clothes will only make you appear fatter and less glamorous. Instead, dress yourself up in monochromatic flowing clothes in simple and elegant designs. You can choose light weighted cotton, chiffons or silk. They will hide the extra curves and soften your body frame. Avoid wearing multi-colored dresses and huge prints. Instead, stick to single colored and lesser or no prints. Boot-cut jeans, A-line skirts and V-necked tops are good for you, but stay far from low necks, halter necks and puffy sleeves. Stick to clothes that are fitted, not tight or baggy. Do all of this and you will do just fine. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tyra Banks, Jennifer Hudson and Angelina Jolie are celebs who look absolutely glamorous, inspite of their apple-shaped body.

Banana Shape Body

Banana Shape Body

Banana-shaped body

In this type of the body, the bust, waist and the hips are more or less of the same size resulting in a straight ruler-like figure. Here the idea is to increase the amount of curves on your body by dressing-up tricks. Tube dresses will look great on you when teamed up with a big broad belt to enhance your waistline. Dresses with princess sleeves, a fitted waist line and an empire line are also likely to suit your body. Pick tops or jackets that end at the waistline, so as to add shape to your body. V-necks will add volume to your bust, hence, will also look great on your body. Wide necks and off-shoulders will complement your shoulders. Go for skirts with seams that are able to provide curves to your body. As far as pants are concerned, go for boot cuts that have a low-mid rise waist. Flap type back pockets will add volume to your bottom. Famous beautiful women with a body like this - Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Bosworth, Kate Hudson and Princess Diana.

Pear Shape Body

Pear Shape Body

Pear-shaped body

This shape is also called as bell or spoon-shaped. In this body type, the measurement of the lower body is more than that of the upper body. Extra weight is collected below the hips; as a result, the hips are wider than the shoulders. On a body like this, shoulder pads will look really classy. Similarly, knee length coats and jackets will add style and a sense of sophistication to your looks. Go for dresses with empire necks. Strapless tops or puffed sleeves will also do magic on your body shape. Wear wide trousers that exceed the length of the leg. You may also pick jeans with straight cuts. Your waist is your best asset, so don't leave any chance to show it off. Wear short tops or dresses that are tight at the waist. Choose soft fabrics like lycra and crepe. Flowing feminine skirts teamed with a fitted top is likely to suit your figure. Slashed necklines are advisable as they will make your shoulders appear broader. Glamorous divas like Katie Holmes, Shakira, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna have got a perfect pear-shaped body.

Hourglass Shape Body

Hourglass Shape Body

Hourglass-shaped body

The bust and the hip of an hourglass shaped body are almost the same, connected by a narrow well-defined waist line. This results in giving the body the shape of an hourglass. If you have an hourglass shaped body, you're really lucky. Most women die for a body like yours. It will be fun to dress yourself up, because most of the clothes are likely to suit you. Since you are blessed with a great body, wear clothes that enhance your bust and waist line. Scooped, halter or V-necks will look great on you. To enhance your waist line, wear tops that end at your waist. Wear tight fitting or A-line dresses with jewels. They will emphasize your silhouettes as well as your embellishments. Choose jeans that have a smaller waist and a larger cut at the hips. Don't go for straight cuts. Wear dresses and skirts to show off your sexy legs. However, make sure that they are not too short or they may make your body appear round. Avoid wearing baggy clothes as they will make you look dowdy. Scarlett Johansson, Salma Hayek, Mariah Carey, Megan Fox and Halle Berry are some of the many sexy style icons that Hollywood possesses.

  • Apple Shape Body
  • Banana Shape Body
  • Pear Shape Body
  • Hourglass Shape Body

These are 4 main categories of bodies that women are blessed with. Match your body with the 4 options above to find out your shape. Then follow the advice given above and you will be the belle of the ball.

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