The Complete Guide to Dressing for YOUR Body Type

You generally know what looks best on you—perhaps there’s a wrap dress that consistently makes you feel confident or you always gravitate toward wide-leg pants—but we figured a more in-depth look at dressing for your body type is never a bad idea.

Scroll down to see the specific styles that make your body type look its absolute best, from coats and tops to skirts and dresses.

  • If you’re curvy with a tiny waist…

    The Complete Guide to Dressing for YOUR Body Type

    You’re an hourglass!

    Your goal is to highlight your curves, not hide them, by emphasizing your waist.

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    Outerwear: Try a belted jacket.

    A belted jacket is the easiest way to play up your petite waist.

    Wilfred Arnaud Blazer ($225)

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    Tops: Try a crop top.

    There’s a reason Kim Kardashian has adopted a crop top and pencil skirt uniform—it’s incredibly flattering on curvy girls.

    Cynthia Rowley Paneled Crop Top ($150)

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    Skirts: Try a pencil skirt.

    A pencil skirt accentuates your curves and smoothes out your thighs.

    Anthropologie Tapestry Pencil Skirt ($98)

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    Dresses: Try a wrap dress.

    The V-neck is ultra-flattering to your bust, and the wrap detail highlights the curve between your waist and hips.

    Reformation Dragon Dress ($258)

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    Pants: Try wide-leg pants with a belted waist.

    The upside of belted pants? You can be sure they’ll fit perfectly at the waist.

    Tory Burch Macey Tie Waist Pants ($295)

  • If you have a slim lower body and carry weight around your middle…

    The Complete Guide to Dressing for YOUR Body Type

    You’re an apple!

    Your goal is to minimize your midsection by highlighting your shoulders and legs.

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    Outerwear: Try a swing coat.

    A swing coat will be incredibly flattering on you.

    Rebecca Minkoff Pierre Cape Coat ($498)

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    Tops: Try a flowy top.

    A flowy top is the best way to deemphasize your midsection.

    Nasty Gal Thread Lightly Top ($58)

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    Pants: Try low-waisted straight-leg pants.

    Pants that sit low on the hips will help avoid any stomach bulge. 

    Tory Burch Oliana Pants ($250)

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    Skirts: Try a high-waisted circle skirt.

    The waistband will hit at the smallest part of the torso and flare out over the stomach.

    Mary Katrantzou Calculion Skirt ($1485)

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    Dresses: Try a shift dress.

    A shift dress lies just far enough away from the body to conceal any problem areas. Tailoring tip: Most women with apple figures have shapely legs, so get your dress hemmed to show them off!

    Everly Clothing Easy Pintucked Shift Dress ($40)

  • If you have a slim lower body and carry weight around your middle…

    The Complete Guide to Dressing for YOUR Body Type

    You’re a banana!

    Your goal is to highlight the thinnest part of your waist so your hips and bust appear larger and more proportional.

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    Tops: Try a ruffled top.

    Shirts with ruffles around the bust make your top half look larger, which makes your waist look smaller and shapelier in comparison.

    Joa Ruffled Blouse ($78)

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    Outerwear: Try a slightly cropped jacket with a banded bottom.

    Jackets that cinch in at the bottom are ideal for your shape.

    Amour Vert Art Bomber Jacket ($75)

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    Skirts: Try a mini skirt.

    A form-fitting skirt will emphasize any curves you have, and the short hemline will show off your slim legs.

    Topshop Embroidered Gingham Pelmet Skirt ($70)

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    Dresses: Try a side cutout dress.

    The small side cutout on this striped dress works to make your look curvier. The inward-pointing lines whittle your waist, making it look smaller in proportion to your bust and hips. Voila, curves!

    Tibi Blanket Stripe Flirty Dress ($213)

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    Pants: Try tapered pants.

    Tapered pants will create the illusion of more proportionate hips.

    Maison Scotch Sweat Pants ($180)

  • If the widest part of your body is around your hips…

    The Complete Guide to Dressing for YOUR Body Type

    You’re a pear!

    Your goal is to elongate and balance your figure by accentuating your top half.

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    Dresses: Try an off-the-shoulder fit-and-flare dress.

    Your bare shoulders will take the attention off your lower body, and the skirt shape is ideal for highlighting the smallest part of your waist and then generously flaring out to conceal wider hips.

    Reformation Genevieve Dress ($198)

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    Outerwear: Try a structured jacket.

    Interesting details or prints direct attention to the top half of your body and give a bit of structure to the shoulder area, which makes your bottom-half appear smaller in comparison.

    Alice + Olivia Kidman Tweed Jacket ($248)

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    Skirts: Try an A-line skirt.

    An A-line skirt highlights the smallest part of your waist, and flares out over hips.

    Carven Printed Wool-Blend A-Line Skirt ($220)

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    Tops: Try an embellished top.

    Embellished or embroidered tops are great for centering the focus on your slim upper body. Underscore the effect by keeping your skirt or pants simple and unadorned.

    Equipment Sequin-Embellished Elliot Silk Top ($557)

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    Pants: Try boot-cut pants.

    Boot-cut styles provide a one-two punch: They draw eyes away from the hips, and the volume at the hem balances out your hips, making them seem perfectly proportioned. We like a slim flare for the most modern feel.

    Mother Denim The Runaway Slim Boot-Cut Jeans ($196)

    What style is most flattering on you? Let us know in the comments below!

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