Know Your Body Shape And How To Dress For It


Are we dressing in the most flattering way for our body type and more importantly do we even know what our body shape is?
Realising that it is the foundation that is not laid well, we thought of beginning with the basics. And you’d be surprised to know (I surely am) that there are 48 different types of body shapes but we’re limiting to the basic 4 major body types to keep it simple.
Just remember whatever your size, you can have any of the four body shapes as it’s not about the size but weight distribution. The major body types are Inverted Triangle, Rectangle, Triangle or Pear and Hourglass and if you still don’t know which one are you, then you should now and see the difference for yourself when you start dressing accordingly.
Just bring out a measuring tape and read on to find your real body shape and what kind of clothes would flatter your shape.

Step 1: Measure yourself!

Shoulders: From the tip of one shoulder to all the way around your other shoulder.
Bust: Pull the measuring tape taut across the fullest part of your bust and around your back.
Waist: Measure the smallest part of your waist, just above the belly button.
Hips: Start at one hip and keep the tape below the hip bone and wrap it around the largest part of your butt.
Note down all the measurements as these measurements will define your shape

Step 2: Find your shape.

Use the measurements to determine your body shape. While finding your body shape, you might realise that your body type may actually fall into more than one category. For example, if you are using your bust measurement you might fall into the pear type and if you are using your shoulder measurement, you might fall in the hourglass category.
Don’t get confused as it simply means you have more options when you go shopping. You can shop for both the types but just see what looks best on you.

#1 Inverted Triangle

Your body shape is an inverted triangle if your shoulder or bust measurement is more than 5% bigger than your hip measurement. Basically, it means your shoulder or bust are larger than your hips.
Know what looks flattering on this body type to dress well and feel amazing.

Fitted jackets

Fitted jackets with a nipped-in waist and a flared bottom will look amazing on you. The reason being the defined waist and flare over your hips create the illusion of body curves balancing out your broad shoulders.

A-line dresses

Dresses that flare out slightly are also ideal for balancing out broad shoulders.

Waist details

Create the illusion of a waist with waist details such as a wider belt.

Go strapless

Strapless gowns and tops would suit your body type. Just make sure they are nipped-in at the waist.

Avoid patterns on top

Avoid necklines that make you look broader on the top and also avoid patterns on top or scarves around your neck or shoulders.

#2 Rectangle

You are a rectangle shape if your waist is less than 25% smaller than your shoulder or bust and also your shoulder, bust and hip measurement is within 5% of each other. Basically, your shoulders, bust and hips are around the same size with no defined waistline.
Know what looks flattering on your body type to dress well and feel amazing.


Skirts with volume increasing details would suit your body type perfectly as they will fill out your slight hips and balance your upper body.


Cross over, V, cowl, square and round neck all are great choices for you.


Lots of dress style would look amazing on you. Go for dresses with nice high waist definition to make your waist look slimmer.


Most pants and jeans style would be good on your shape; slim, straight, bootleg, wide leg.

Avoid straight lines and details at the waist.

Waist bands, high-waisted trousers, belted jackets all should be avoided and so should straight lines from top to toe.

#3 Triangle or Pear

You are a triangle shape also referred as pear if your hips are more than 5% bigger than your shoulders or bust. Basically, your hips are wider than your shoulders.
Know what looks flattering on your body type to dress well and feel amazing.

Fit and flare dresses

Fit and flare dresses will play up your thin waist and small upper body minimizing the hips and thighs.

Go for an A

A-line dresses and tops emphasize the upper body slimming your wider hips.

Fitted styles

Wear fitted styles around your waist and always accentuate your waistline.


Halter tops or dresses work well for your shape as the midweight fabric downplays your bottom half.

Avoid hemline that finishes on your hips

Miniskirts or other hemlines that finish on your hips, thighs or any other full point of your leg must be avoided.

#4 Hourglass

If your waist is at least 25% smaller than your shoulder or bust and again your waist is at least 25% smaller than your hips and your shoulder and hip measurement are within 5% of each other than you are an hourglass shape. Basically, your shoulders and hips are around the same size with a defined waist.
Know what looks flattering on your body type to dress well and feel amazing.

Fitted dresses

Wear fitted dresses with darted waist that conforms to your natural shape.

Define your waist

Go for clothes that define your small waist to flatter your figure.

Figure sculpting dresses

Any evening dress silhouette would suit you; mermaid, trumpet, sheath, A-line and ball gown especially as they sculpt your curvy body. Just avoid empire dresses if you have large bust.

Wrap tops

They accentuate your waist and enhance your hourglass figure.

Avoid baggy and boxy clothing

Baggy and boxy clothes would hide your curvy shape and tiny waist so stick to fitted but not tight clothes.


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