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A Guide to Dressing for Your Body Type

A Guide to Dressing for Your Body Type

So many trends come and go every season. Whether it’s a trend or a classic style, the number one rule to keep in mind is to choose and wear the styles that flatter your figure. Find the body type that matches you best below and take notes. –mckenzie harris


Body Type: Apple Shape (you tend to carry weight around the midsection)

Goal: Create contrast by using angular lines to counteract the roundness and softness.

Look for:

– Wrap tops to give the illusion of a small waist.
– Seaming on blouses and anything with a corset-style structure.
– Pleating and gathering under the bust that draws the eye vertically down the tummy.
– Deep V-necks and scoop necks.
– Straight leg rather than skinny jeans or bottoms to build a sense of proportion with your upper half.
– High-waisted pants and pants with a bit of stretch.


– A-lines, or anything too blousy that lacks shape.


Body Type: Pear Shape (small on top, heavier on bottom)

Goal: Achieve balance by adding volume to your upper body and minimizing your lower half.

Look for:

– Dark colored pants with a stiffer fabric or some stretch to give a slenderizing effect.
– Seams running down the front of the leg, which creates a leaner leg.
– Fluted skirts that flare out a bit toward the bottom.

– Tops that are slightly A-line and flowy.

– Low slung tunic tops and 3/4 length jackets that stop around the knee or mid-thigh.


– Fading or whiskering on your denim.
– Attention-grabbing pocket details on the hips or thighs.


Body Type: Hourglass (curvy around the bust and hips, with a smaller waistline)

Goal: It’s all about spotlighting your silhouette, not hiding it.

Look for:

– Simple, solid shapes that highlight your waist.
– Thick belts, pencil skirts, a little volume around the shoulder to make the waist appear even smaller.
– Wrap tops, scooped and boatneck necklines. Pants should be bootcut or flares that fit well in the thigh.


– Ruffles, frills, lapels, busy patterns, boxy shapes.


Body Type: Athletic/Boy Shape (straight up and down)

Goal: Use clothing to create curves where they don’t exist naturally.

Look for:

– Details at the bust such as ruffles, wraps, and rouching — these add fullness up top.
– Sleeveless tops and halters; they show off toned arms.
– High-waisted skirts; they should begin at the smallest part of your waist, just underneath the bust.
– Bootcut pants and jeans, with a lower rise for maximum curviness.


– Menswear-inspired styles, straight cuts, “boyfriend” jeans.

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