How to dress for your body shape

Wonder how to dress for your body shape? Good, cause dressing for your body shape is one of the most important things we have to learn when we want to get the right outfit for a party or when we want to look good on any other occasion. The first thing we have to keep in mind is that nobody has a perfect figure. Every woman has imperfections, even supermodels. If this is so, how come that some women always look good? The reason for that is that this women know how to dress for their body shape.

 Dressing for your body shape is all about creating the right proportions to get your body in balance. If you have big hips, emphasize your shoulders, if you have big breasts, put the attention on your hips. Determining your body shape has nothing to do with your size, body types come in all different sizes. We all want to look good so start loving your figure and learn how to show the best of it! Apply this tips and you will look breathtaking on every party you're attending!

1.Hourglass figure

What is an hourglass figure?

Your hips and bust line have the same width and you have a well defined waistline.

Examples of women with an hourglass shaped figure

Salma Hayek, Kim Kardashian, Nigella Lawson, Katey Sagal (Peggy Bundy).

How to dress for your body shape

Goal: You're blessed with curves so show then off!


  • Wear clothes that accentuate your narrow waistline. Tops have to be fitted, unless you wear a belt at the waist, these can do wonders.
  • Go for fitted coats and jackets.
  • Pencil skirts work fabulous on an hourglass figure! although other skirts do also work.
  • Go for high waisted pants, skinny or straight leg pants both look good on your figure.
  • If you have larger boobs, go for tops with a lower neckline.
  • Fitted knee length cocktail dresses make you look stunning at a party!


  • Never wear baggy clothes since they make you look bigger.
  • Don't wear clothes that are too tight

Some fabulous examples of hourglass figure party outfits

2. pear figure

What is a pear figure?

You have narrow shoulders and your bust line is smaller than you hips. if you gain weight you usually gain weight around your bottom, thighs and hips. you have a well defined waist line.

Examples of women with a pear shaped figure

Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, Shakira.

How to dress for your body shape

Goal: You have an ultra feminine body shape, Create some more structure above the waist and dress down your wider hips.


  • If you have wider hips, balance then by wearing tops with little sleeves or ruffles on top.
  • You can also choose to show off your slim upper body by wearing tops that show off your arms and shoulders. Strapless tops and dresses are really flattering for your body shape.
  • Combine dark pants or skirts with light colored tops.
  • If you have large hips you can make it look smaller with support underwear, you can balance big hips with a bra with pads to make you feel more attractive.
  • Wear skirts and dresses with pleats and a natural waist.
  • Wear jackets that are cut off above the hips.
  • Wear straight leg pants.
  • An a-line dress with pleats and a defined waist will make you look breathtaking at a party!


  • If you don't want to accentuate your larger hips, don't wear tube- or pencil skirts or bottoms that draw to much attention to your hips, you can also choose to show off your curves, in this case just wear them! Jennifer Lopes looks great in it (she actually seems to look great in everything) so you might just give it a try. We personally think that wider hips and a larger bottom can look really feminine and you have all the right to show.

Some fabulous examples of pear figure party outfits

3. Apple figure

What is an apple figure?

You tend to carry weight around your mid section and if you gain weight it's usually in this area. You possibly have larger boobs. your legs are slim in comparison to your upper body. Having an apple figure doesn't necessarily mean that you're overweight.

Examples of women with an apple shaped figure

Jennifer Hudson, Oprah Winfrey, Drew Barrymore.

How to dress for your body shape

Goal: Never create extra volume around your waist and accentuate your hot legs and boobs!


  • Wear clothes that create a midriff.
  • Accentuate your boobs without showing them too much. Go for longer length tops or dresses with a lower neckline like V-necks.
  • Go for jackets that give structure to your body.
  • Wear high heels.
  • Wear larger jewelry.
  • Go for A-line skirts and dresses cause they make your waist look smaller.
  • Give body control underwear a try.
  • Show off your hot legs!
  • Wrap dresses make you look fabulous at a party!


  • Don't wear unfitted short jackets.
  • Never try to hide your body in oversized or baggy clothes, these make you look bigger, Go for fitted (but not tight) clothes that show off your nice legs and boobs, in this way you create curves.

Some fabulous examples of apple figure party outfits

4. Rectangle figure

What is a rectangle figure?

Your bust line and hips are around the same width and you have an undefined waistline. you have a small to medium bust.

Examples of women with a rectangle shaped figure

Cameron Diaz, Keira Knightley, Mel C.

How to dress for your body shape

Goal: You're lucky! you can have a lot of clothes that more curvy women cannot wear because you don't have to minimize any body parts. For you it's easy to find out how to dress for your body shape cause you can experiment with almost everything! Create more curves by choosing the right clothes.


  • Wear clothes that creates more of a waistline. Clothes with a belt around your waist makes you curves look bigger.
  • Wear high rise skinny or straight leg pants.
  • To add more curve, wear a padded bra.
  • If you have small boobs you can wear clothes with a high neckline. Also assymmetric, sweetheart tops will look great on you.
  • wear tops and dresses with soft and feminine features like ruffles.
  • You can show off your beautifull long legs by wearing short skirts and dresses. A-line skirt will make your hips appear fuller.
  • long dresses and trench coats with a belt will flatter you.
  • You will look beautiful on a party when you're wearing a flippy dress, also an empire silhouette will flatter you!


  • Don't go out without wearing a bra.
  • Don't wear low rise pants.
  • Don't wear tops and dresses with plunging and round necklines.

Some fabulous examples of rectangle figure party outfits

5. Inverted triangle

What is an inverted triangle figure?

You have a larger bust, broader shoulders, and narrow hips in propostion to the upper body.

Examples of women with an inverted triangle figure

Demi moore, Naomi Campbell, Renee Zellweger, Charlize Theron.

How to dress for your body shape

Goal: You have the most athletic body type, just like a lot of supermodels! Wonder how to dress for your body shape? Add more volume around your hips and get the attention off of your strong shoulders to soften your look.


  • Wear tops that bring the attention to your waist, or wear a statement belt. Tops with a high waist or wrap tops can also be really flattering for you.
  • Wear wide leg pants.
  • Wear tops with a low V-neck, this is the most flattering for your shape. A cowl neck, a square neck or a wide halter neck with thick straps (other halter necks will make you look bulky so don't do that) also do justice to your figure.
  • Go for prints and bright colors on your lower section.
  • Fuller skirts like a tulip skirt are perfect to create more curves around your hips.
  • You will look amazing on a party in a wrap dress with a low V-neck!


  • Never wear shoulder pads or tops with puff sleeves. And avoid adding details to the shoulders.
  • Don't wear tops with a boat neckline.
  • Avoid wearing tops with straps, unless they are thick.
  • Don't wear bulky blouses or smock dresses.
  • Don't wear big earring or necklaces, instead of that go for a long necklace and big bangs.

Some fabulous examples of inverted triangle figure party outfits

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