How to Dress for Your Body Shape

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Body shape is all about proportion, and fashion is all about dressing those proportions to look their very best. There are plenty of fashion trends every year, but this does not mean you should wear them all. Whether you’re a petite hourglass or an inverted triangle, get tips on how to love your body and to dress for your figure.

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Hourglass Body Shape

If you have such body type then your shoulders and hips are relatively equal in size, while your waistline is thinner, and in the end your body looks like and hourglass. You do not need to worry and try to hide your body, so avoid big clothes that will just cover you up. Accentuate your curves as much as you can and never try to hide them. Try with a pair of pants or jeans that will accentuate your natural waistline and will follow the curves of your legs. A wrap dress is another perfect example of what you should wear. Wrap the belt of the dress around your waistline to accentuate it. Another flattering piece of clothing is a V-neck top which will help you flatter your curves without exaggerating them. And if it is close-fitted it would be even better because it will also flatter your waistline. Combine it with a skirt that follows your natural silhouette, and you will look amazing.

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  • DON’T hide your curves with baggy clothing.
  • DO wear a good bra and showcase your bust.
  • DO wear fitted dresses.
  • DO wear a belt at the waist to enhance your hourglass shape.
  • DO try wrap dresses.
  • DO go for high-waisted skirts to show off your hips.
  • DO pick thin, lightweight styles and fabrics.
  • DO wear skinny or straight leg jeans.

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Inverted Triangle Body Shape


An inverted triangle body type has the exact opposite proportions to the triangle body shape. In this case, the upper body (aka. bustline) is wider and disproportionate to the lower trunk region (aka. hips). A waistline is still defined and your bust tends to be bigger. If this is your  body type, then you should avoid wearing clothes that accentuate the upper half of your body, especially your shoulders, such as shoulder pads (forget about them), puff sleeves, big straps and big shawl collars. You should also avoid clutches. They are small and won’t accentuate the lower part of your body, which is what you need exactly. You need to accentuate the lower part of your body, the hips and the booty. Now you can wear skirts or trousers with details and volume on the hips. You can also wear bigger belts and big bags to balance the parts of your body.

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  • DO wear bright colours on bottom.
  • DO wear wide-leg pants.
  • DO wear full skirts.
  • DON’T wear spaghetti-strap tops.
  • DON’T wear boat neckline tops.
  • DO wear tops that call attention to your waistline.
  • DO experiment with high-waisted styles.
  • DO look for clothes that create the illusion of a waist.

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Written by Aneliya Vasilieva

Editor In-Chief of Fashion Style Magazine, Aneliya Vasilieva is an international fashion editor and stylist. She edits and styles looks that enhance brand positioning and messaging and owing to her fashion experience and remarkable taste level, she has become well known in the fashion world. Her enthusiasm, attention to detail and professionalism are qualities she brings to corporate styling projects for many clients in the industry. She also consults for brands across the luxury and high street sectors, advising them on digital editorial strategy. Aneliya has a great perception of fashion and beauty, of what’s happening on the runways and the street, and a keen sense of how to create dynamic images for her readers. Aneliya’s life includes trips to Paris for fashion shows, meeting with stylists, photographers, and designers.