How To Dress According to Your Body Type

How To Dress According to Your Body Type

We all want to look great in the clothes we wear, but sometimes, we don duds that don’t do our figures any favours. Maybe it’s a dress that makes us look 3 feet shorter or a top that makes our shoulders look like a linebacker’s, or maybe we’ve slipped into a pair of jeans that makes our rear appear non-existent. Whatever the reason, not all styles look ideal for all body types. If you want to showcase your best body with the clothes you wear, read on. Here’s how to dress for your body type.

You’re Petite

While being petite is awesome, short women don’t generally want to appear even shorter. To avoid this, opt for clothing that draws the eye up. Steer clear of straight, long dresses and skirts, which bring the gaze down. Also avoid lower waistlines which will shorten your legs. Instead, opt for A-line dresses and skirts and waistlines that fall at your natural waist — that’s about 2 inches above your belly-button.


You’re Curvy

Embrace your curves! One of the worst things more voluptuous women can do is try to hide their curves. More often than not, wearing baggy clothes will only make you appear frumpy. This doesn’t mean you should wear skin-tight garb, but rather, you should wear clothing that compliments your killer curvaceous bod. Wrap dresses and shirts draw attention to the smallest part of your torso, accenting it in appealing opposition to your hips and thighs.

V-necks are also amazing on curvy figures, since they draw the eye inward, creating a slimming focal point. As for bottoms, flaunt your lower legs! Ankles are undeniably sexy, so wear midi dresses and skirts that fall mid-calf. Capri-length leggings and jeans will also show-off your ankles.

You’re Rectangle Shape


If your shoulder, waist and hips are about the same size, you’re rectangle shape. To create the illusion of curves, aim to wear tops and dresses with ruching and other structured detailing. Ruching gathers at the side, so will add form to your figure. Also, try dresses with colour blocking featuring one colour running vertically down the middle, and one colour running vertically on both sides. Some even have a fun hourglass design that will add instant-curves to your straighter frame. Tops and dresses featuring an empire waist are also great for your beautiful bod since they add more dimension.

You’re Tall

Taller girls can find it difficult to shop for their bodies. Unlike petites or curvy women, they don’t have as many designs and brands dedicated to them. However, there’s a lot that can be done with the resources available. In fact, if you’re tall, you can wear just about anything — yes, even heels! (And don’t let anyone tell you differently!) The only thing you should shy away from are designs that make you appear lanky or awkward, so always be sure to include some structure in your ensemble. It could be a blazer over a loose blouse and flowy, wide-legged pants. It could be a jean vest over a billowing maxi dress. Regardless of your height, a little structure can go a long way to keep your look together.


At the end of the day, all that really matters is that you love what you wear, and feel good about yourself. This is a lot easier to do when you are confident that what you’re wearing makes you look your best, so use these tips, and own your ensemble!


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Eva Forde is a Fitness and Fashion Enthusiast, She coaches and trains women who want to live an active lifestyle during the day, while she writes articles at night.