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. Since there are so many shapes and silhouettes on the market, and trends are ever-changing, how is one supposed to successfully navigate through shopping for your specific body type only?
In fact, are you even sure of what your body type is? In case you aren’t (or simply want a refresher), we have broken down a few of the most common body shapes by definition, which areas to accentuate for each, and which pieces to shop for that will help you do exactly that. It might sound daunting, but trust us: With our foolproof guide, dressing for your body type is now easier than ever.
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 have a slim lower body and carry weight around your middle…
Your goal is to highlight your curves—not hide them—by emphasizing your waist.
If you’re curvy with a tiny waist…
Your goal is to minimize your midsection by highlighting your shoulders and legs.
If you're not very curvy and your hips are around the same size as your waist…
Your goal is to highlight the thinnest part of your waist so your hips and bust appear larger and more proportional.
Your goal is to elongate and balance your figure by accentuating your top half.
What style is most flattering on you? Let us know in the comments below!
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This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated by Lauren Eggertsen and Allyson Payer.