Top 3 Tips on Dressing for Your Body Shape

In our Repost Series, we re-publish classic posts from our archives. This post,first published earlier this year, is  great primer on dressing for your body shape.

Trends come and go, but your body shape is always going to stay the same. True, you may gain or lose weight, but in general your proportions aren’t going to change much. That doesn’t have to be a bad thing, though – if you can learn to love and dress what your momma gave you, you’ll avoid embarrassing “wardrobe malfunctions” and learn to be confident and happy in your own skin. Since it’s important to understand your shape, what looks good on it, and what doesn’t, we’ve provided our top three tips to get you started.

1. Know Your Shape
Can you flip through a magazine or walk through a store and automatically know what styles are going to look good on you? If you know your body shape well enough, you won’t waste time and money on unflattering trends (remember those harem pants you bought? Yeah, we thought so). First, stand in front of a full length mirror for a few minutes. Don’t suck it in or wear your Spanx, just be honest with yourself. Ask yourself the following questions:

1. Do you carry most of your weight in your hips and thighs? You’re a pear shape.
2. Are your chest and shoulders wider than your hips? You’re an inverted triangle.
3. Are your hips, shoulders, and waist pretty much the same size? You probably have a ‘rectangle’ shape.
4. Can’t figure it out? Ask a close friend for her opinion.