Fashion in Focus: Ways to Dress for Your Body Type
“No matter what your body looks like. You can look fabulous, feel confident and save time shopping when you understand how to dress for your body type”  –Sharice Styles

Women come in all shapes and sizes. In this regard, we can safely assume that some clothing styles would suit a certain body type better than the rest. Similarly, there is no cookie-cutter approach to style–regardless of what you may have read in fashion magazines or online articles. Although there is nothing stopping you from wearing what you want, it is a reality that you would not show off your body’s best features or accentuate your assets if you dress outside of your body type. However, notwithstanding your body type, it is very much possible to make fashion and style work for you—you just need to know which styles suit your body type best.

The key to being fashionably stylish lies not in the brand of clothes nor the type of clothes you wear, but rather how you wear it. With this in mind, it is best to wear clothes that make you feel confidently beautiful and make your aesthetic shine through—regardless of whether they may be retail or wholesale clothing buys. In any case, it is best to start with knowing how best to dress for your body type.

1. Pear Body Shape

Pear Body Shape

Of all the body types, none is more coveted than the pear shaped one. Wide hips and rounded bottoms are your best features which would mean your goal would be to highlight your slim waist and arms while adding volume to your shoulders and upper body. Choose clothes that have sweetheart, plunging or scoop-neck necklines and go for visually appealing hemlines on dresses as this will effectively slim your thighs and hips.

2. Wedge Body Shape

Wedge Body Shape

More popularly known as the inverted triangle, women with wedge type body traits are known to have a broad chest and wide set shoulders with narrow hips and waist. Your body’s feature is your legs which mean you have to draw attention to them as much as you can. In dressing up, choose styles that would accentuate your lower body while softening your upper body as well as your shoulders. If you have a particularly tiny waist, use an interesting belt that would allow you to showcase it.

3. Rectangle Body Shape

Rectangle Body Shape

Rectangle shaped women have shoulder, hip and waist widths that are similar. In this regard, you should choose clothes that would allow you to create the illusion of curves while displaying your slender legs and arms. Create visual appeal and interest by donning on a pencil skirt with a slit to show off your legs. Additionally, to add dimension to your silhouette, wear belts that would help you define your waist and then layering various items such as tops or accessories.

4. Apple Body Shape

Apple Body Shape

Among the body types, you have the best legs. Although most of your weight is distributed above the hips (which are narrow), it is compensated and set off by your broad shoulders. With this in mind, your fashion goal should be to elongate your torso and show off your legs. Wear sartorial ensembles that help you elongate your figure such as V-necklines or A-line dress.

Katheryn Gumba

Katheryn is a blogger and fashion enthusiast. She also loves to travel and explore new things. She is currently working as a junior copywriter.