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How To Dress Your Body Shape

Posted on November 12 2015

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In my previous post, I talked about 4 general body types: hourglass, pear, apple, ruler. Now that you have a better idea what your body shape is, I'm going to talk about how to dress your body shape and list the different styles/cuts of clothing that will help boost each build. By the time you're done reading this article, you'll know how to dress your fabulous figure and rock whatever you wear!

If you're an HOURGLASS SHAPE you'll want to highlight your gorgeous curves with clothing that emphasizes your waist. Examples of clothing which do this are:

  • Pencil skirts (look especially fab with a crop top and a high waisted pencil skirt)
  • Cardigans/Blazers/Jackets that come in at the waist
  • High waisted pants or even trousers with a wider leg
  • Dresses that wrap or cinch at the waist

Items in our store that work with this body shape: Chic Gray Romper, Vintage Floral Skirt, Black & White Striped Top, Percy Plaid Peplum

If you're a PEAR SHAPE you'll want to balance out your lower half, by elongating your top half and accentuating your shoulders. Examples of clothing which do this are:

  • Aline skirts- they help bring attention upwards rather than hugging your bottom half
  • Fit and flare dresses- like aline skirts, they help balance the upper half
  • Boot-cut pants- yes, skinny jeans are all the rage, but boyfriend jeans are making a comeback and would look great on this body shape!
  • Tops that have intricate designs- clothing is all an illusion and when you wear a busier top it helps distract and balance
  • Jackets/blazers with structure- no, we're not talking shoulder pads exactly, but anything that adds more bulk to the shoulder area will look awesome on your body type

Items in our store that work with this body shape: Holly Plaid Skirt, Burgundy Bohemian TopBlack & White Striped Top

If you're an APPLE SHAPE you'll want to minimize your middle area by highlighting your legs and shoulders. Examples of clothing which do this are:

  • Flowy tops- you're in luck, flowy tops are all the rage this season and are sure to distract from your midsection
  • Straight leg pants- jeans like this will even out your middle section
  • High waisted circle skirts- these type of skirts are designed to flatter the smallest part of your stomach and flow away from problem areas
  • Shift dresses- these are similar to flowy tops in that they don't stick to your midsection but pull away from your body to highlight your legs and shoulders while still giving you a shape

Items in our store that work with this body shape: Basic White Top, Midnight Shift Top, Amber Brown Fringe Cardigan, Red Striped Ruffle Top

If you're a RULER SHAPE you want to wear clothing that is going to give you more of a shapely appearance. Examples of clothing which do this are:

  • Ruffled tops/intricate sleeves- when you wear something with attention at the shoulders, it will give the illusion of an hourglass shape
  • Tapered pants/Skinny jeans- Pants with detail add to your hip area. And skinny jeans will hug your ankles which again, give the appearance of shapelier hips
  • Darted tops- tops like this tend to come in right at the sides and angle towards the shoulder and/or bust area
  • Banded crop jackets- jackets like this usually have more structure in the shoulder area and the banded bottom hugs right at your natural waist, accentuating your top and lower half

Items in our store that work with this body shape: Retro Black Print Dress, Chic Gray Romper, Holly Plaid Skirt, Vintage Floral Skirt, Red Striped Ruffle Top

The items listed in each shape may seem limited, but it's actually limitless. You'd be surprised by how many different tops, bottoms, skirts, and dresses work for various body types. It's all in how you style it. If you see a flowy top that you love, but want to highlight your curves, add a belt or a fitted cardigan. I promise, it's that simple to look and feel your best. 

I don't know everything, but I'm here to help! If you'd like a consultation, email me at and I'd be more than happy to help you determine your body shape and find what works in your existing wardrobe or in the shop.  

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