But we’re not always good about finding the best ways to dress our distinctive silhouettes. So read these styling tips to help identify your natural packaging and make the most of it.
Study this easy guide, identify your body type, and dress it accordingly:
The Rectangle: Nip in the waist
If your bust and hips are basically the same width and your waist is slightly smaller, then you are a rectangle shape.
Top tip: The key to flattering the rectangle frame is to create contrast between your top and bottom. Suggestions:
- Pair a lighter top with a darker bottom
- Pair a print against a solid color top to bottom, or bottom to top
- Tuck a looser shirt into fitted pants
Rectangles look best with a defined waist line. Hang tailored separates, a form-fitting dress with a wide belt, or a pencil skirt with a flowing, silk blouse on your frame. Rectangles can wear patterns and prints and they look great in skinny jeans or ankle-length pants. Avoid baggy pieces that will make you look shapeless and instead, belt pants, skirts and sweaters to create that defining line around your middle.
The Pear: Put the blossom on top
The pear shape is smaller around the bust and tapers wider at the hips. So, the important thing here is to add volume to your upper body and deemphasize the hip area. Look for:
- Tailored jackets
- Blouses with shoulder pads
- Bright or patterned tops
Separates work well for the Pear frame as long as you keep it structured on top and more of a “flowing” shape below the waist. Avoid fitted bottoms like leggings, pencil skirts or tapered jeans. A boot cut jean, a wider leg pant or a longer cardigan that hits mid-thigh are better choices.
The Hourglass: Let it curve
With the hourglass shape, your bust and hips are the same and your waist is small and defined. So, dresses and clingy fabrics will show off your fabulous curves. Pants and tailored jackets will hide them. Go for:
- Form-fitting dresses
- Short sweater sets
To balance the curves, the hourglass needs a little heel, boot or shoe. Hourglass women should steer clear of ankle jeans and keep prints the same on top and bottom. A wide belt over a shirt or dress will make you look especially curvaceous.
Inverted Triangle: Minimize the top
With the inverted triangle, your bust is larger than your hips and the waist is not well defined. So you can create better balance by keeping your tops fitted with straighter pants below. Choose:
- Tailored separates
- Low cut blouses and shirts that enhance your bust line
- Longer cardigans and jackets
- Empire waisted dresses
- Skinny ankle jeans
Patterned leggings, straight jeans and solid tops are made for this shape. Just make sure you don’t wear shirts that are too billowy or loose as those will just make you look bigger on top.