The Guide To Dressing Right For Your Body Shape

Look your tastiest or bring out your inner goddess by figuring out your specific body type so you can play up your best features and accentuate your shape!

Before you know what clothes to buy and which styles look best on you, you’ll need to know which body shape you are:


Different body shapes

  1. Pear Shaped Body Type
    You may be this body shape if…
    – Your waist is larger than your bust
    – You have proportionately slim arms and shoulders
    – You tend to have wider hips

  2. Rectangle / Athletic Shaped Body Type
    You may be this body shape if…
    – You’re not particularly curvy
    – Your shoulders and hip measurements are nearly the same
    – Your weight is evenly distributed throughout your body

  3. Apple Shaped Body Type
    You may be this body shape if…
    – You are well proportioned
    – You carry the most weight through your bust and mid-section
    – You are not necessarily curvy through your hips

  4. Hourglass Shaped Body Type
    You may be this body shape if…
    – You’ll describe your body as curvy
    – You have a well-defined waist
    – Your bust and hip measurements are roughly even


After you’ve figured out your shape, here are a few guidelines for you to follow!

Pear Body Shape

Guidelines for dressing the Pear Shaped
Those with pear-shaped bodies look fabulous in statement tops that draw the eye upwards and highlights the waist, back or neckline. Your goal is to elongate and balance your figure by accentuating your top half.

Pear-shaped celebrities: Kim Kardashian, Eva Mendes, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Katherine Heigl, Aliee and members of Mamamoo.

  1. Must-have tops
    More structured or fitted tops give you more definition around your narrow shoulders and draw attention to your waist. Your power pieces are:
    – Plunging V-necks
    – Cowl necks
    – Bell sleeves
    – Scoop necks

  2. Must-have dresses
    Any hemline that hits right below the knee will elongate your frame and slenderise the hips and thighs! Your power pieces are:
    – Open backs
    – Belted-style dresses
    – A-line dresses
    – Maxi dresses

  3. Must-have pants
    Choose more subtle and dark colours for your bottoms to balance proportions. Your power pieces are:
    – Bootcut and flare denim
    – Classic trousers


Athletic Shaped Body Type

Guidelines for dressing the Rectangle / Athletic Shaped
The key to dressing an athletic is to balance your broad upper half by accentuating your legs and other curves. Rule of thumb: keep the volume on top OR bottom.

Rectangle-shaped celebs: Natalie Portman, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Bora (sistar), Minzy ( 2ne1), Narsha (BEG), and Hyoyeon (SNSD).

  1. Must-have tops
    Draw attention to your muscular arms, defined shoulders and show off your waist! Your power pieces are:
    – Halter necks
    – Racerbacks
    – Scoop and round necklines
    – Strapless anything

  2. Must-have dresses
    Most styles work on you! It’s all about figuring out which feature you want to play up. Hike up that hemline if you love your legs, or go for plunging necklines if you want to flaunt your bust. Your power pieces are:
    – Dresses of any style or length
    – Belted-style dresses

  3. Must-have pants
    Pick a style that will best complement your top! If you’ve gone with an oversized top, grab a pair of skinny jeans or leggings. Your power pieces are:
    – Floor-grazing flares or bootcut to appear taller
    – Flowy and wide-leg to appear balanced if you’re petite


Apple Shaped Body Type

Guidelines for dressing the Apple Shaped
Apple shapes look best when flaunting their full bust, legs and/or arms! Your goal is to minimise your midsection by highlighting your shoulders and legs.

Apple-shaped celebs: Drew Barrymore, Queen Latifah, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Hudson, Lee gook Joo.

  1. Must-have tops
    Comfy tops will look amazing on the classic apple frame! Your power pieces are:
    – Flowy A-line and tunics
    – Relaxed, boyfriend button-ups
    – V-neck anything

  2. Must-have dresses
    A-line styles are great for curvy apples. Go for diagonal stripes and darker colours when in doubt since they’re slimming. Your power pieces are:
    – Maxi styles with lower neckline
    – Wrap dresses
    – Go mini if you like your legs
    – Knee-length shift and sheath styles

  3. Must-have pants
    Classic fit, cropped, ankle… you can pretty much pull them all off! If your top is breezy, grab a more structure or skinny bottom to balance your look. Your power pieces are:
    – Skinny jeans or leggings
    – Bootcut or flared pants if you’ve long legs


Hourglass Shaped Body Type

Guidelines for dressing the Hourglass
Two rules: 1) define your waist and 2) show off your lady curves. Embrace your body with hugging silhouettes and pieces that show ‘em curves.

Hourglass-shaped celebs: Beyonce, Scarlett Johansson, Halle Berry, Jessica (former member of SNSD), and Hyolyn (Sistar).

  1. Must-have tops
    FITTED! It’s all about celebrating your waist and highlighting your neckline. Your power pieces are:
    – Wrap tops
    – Peplum blouses
    – Tailored tops
    – V-neck, round neck or boat neck

  2. Must-have dresses
    Your body was made for dresses! Channel your inner Monroe and reach for iconic silhouettes like the wrap dress or the fit & flare. These shapes will naturally play up your best features.
    – Wrap dresses
    – Bodycon dresses
    – Fitted or flare

  3. Must-have pants
    Stretchy skinny jeans and leggings are perfect for showing off the curves of your hip. Your power pieces are:
    – High-waisted
    – Low-rise and hip-hugging
    – Fitted jumpsuits


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Remember, everybody and every body is different. What style is most flattering on you? Let us know in the comments below!


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