Skin-baring season is nearly upon us, making it an ideal time to get a handle on how to dress for your figure. Accordingly, we went ahead and created a spring shopping list for every shape, plus a sprinkling of helpful tips along the way. Click through now to see which pieces will make your body look its best.
Yes, if your waist, hip, and shoulders are all about the same width.
Goal: Create curves.
Accomplish by: Highlighting the thinnest part of the waist, and making the hips and bust appear larger.
If you look closely, you’ll notice a rather discreet side cutout on this flirty dress. What may seem like merely a design choice actually 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!
The Reformation Amelia Dress ($198)
Shirts with ruffles around the bust make your top half look larger, which consequently makes your waist look smaller and shaplier in comparison.
Cynthia Rowley Asymmetrical Ruffle Top ($195)
Look for skirts with volume-boosting details like pleats, ruffles, or pockets, which will create the illusion of hips.
Anna Sui Letters Printed Georgette Mini Skirt ($345)
Outerwear with a belt is ideal for cinching in your waist, creating a curvier figure.
Laveer Belted Leather Moto Vest ($595)
Yes, if the widest part of your body is below your waist, around your hips.
Goal: Elongate and balance your figure, so you look less bottom-heavy.
Accomplish by: Accentuating your top half.
This dress packs a triple punch—bare shoulders draw attention upwards, the tie details around the arms have the same effect, and the skirt draws in at the smallest part of your waist and then generously flares out to conceal wider hips.
For Love & Lemons Kiss Me Dress ($194)
Embellished or embroidered tops are great for centering the focus on your slim top half. Heighten the effect by keeping your skirt or pants simple and unadorned.
Altuzarra Vervet Pinstripe Blouse With Embellishment ($496)
Flare jeans work for your figure in two ways: they draw eyes away from the hips, and the volume at the hem balances out your hips, making them seem perfectly proportioned.
MiH Marrakesh High Rise Flare Jeans ($218)
Jackets are a pear-shaped girl’s best friend. Interesting details or prints direct focus to the top half of your body and give a bit of structure to the shoulder area, making your bottom-half appear smaller in comparison.
Topshop Crop Folk Tile Jacket ($116)
Yes, if you’re curvy, with a well-defined waist and fuller chest and hips.
Goal: Highlight the waist and lengthen the legs.
Accomplish by: Dress to follow the shape of your body rather than hide it.
This dress is all about the seaming: notice how the lines start at one point at the shoulders, curve in toward the waist, and back out again at the flared skirt? We’re no geometry experts, but we’re fairly certain that’s the shape of an hourglass.
Halston Heritage V Neck Jacquard Dress ($445)
How do we know this top will work wonders for your figure? The V-neck is ultra-flattering to your bust, and the wrap detail highlights the curve between your waist and hips.
Lanston Surplice Long Sleeve Top ($93) via Shopbop
This romper is going to work for you on so many levels. The molded cups will provide ample support, which is key for playing up the top of the hourglass, the embroidered center panel creates the illusion of a smaller waist, and the slightly voluminous shorts will drape beautifully over fuller hips.
Zimmermann Sundance Embroidered Silk-Chiffon Playsuit ($365)
An A-line skirt emphasizes your tiny waist and flares out just enough to skim your hips, without making them look larger. The diagonal leather line on this iteration underscores the flattering shape from the small center of the hourglass to the wider bottom of the hourglass.
Proenza Schouler Colour Block Wrap Skirt ($682)
Yes, if you have a slim lower body, but carry weight around your middle.
Goal: Minimize your mid-section.
Accomplish by: Highlight the shoulders and legs, while concealing the middle.
A flowy top is the best way to deemphasize your mid-section. This one is particularly flattering for your figure, as the mini pom-poms at the shoulder draw the eye up.
For Love & Lemons Lovely Tank ($92)
Similar to a flowy top, a swing dress flares out to conceal your stomach. Tip: most women with apple figures have shapely legs, so get your dress hemmed to show them off!
ASOS Airtex Back Swing Dress ($75)
Now that you have closet stocked with swingy tops and dresses, you’ll need an equally figure-flattering jacket. This cropped version is ideal, as it will add structure to your top, and the waistband-free bottom will flow over your mid-section.
Zara Cropped Jacket With Zips ($159)
A pencil skirt will add structure to your bottom half and highlight your thin legs. This light-wash denim iteration feels perfect for spring.
Current/Elliott The Stiletto Distressed Stretch-Denim Pencil Skirt ($220)
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