Top 3 Tips on Dressing for Your Body Shape


2. Proportion is Key
Now that you know your shape, the main rule is to dress proportionally to your body. If you’re heavier on top, it’s probably not a good idea to wear square-cut, boxy blazers (go for a longer, simpler cut or skip the blazer all together). If you’re a rectangle with a little more to love around the middle, a super-tight bandage dress is a no-no. If you’re pear-shaped, balance wider-leg pants or A-line skirts with a fitted top.

Proportionality applies to your clothing, too. Rocking the skinny jeans? Then go for a longer, more flowing top. If you’re wearing a full, retro circle skirt, make sure your shirt fits your frame well and is tucked-in.

3. Tailor, Tailor, Tailor!
Tailoring can be an important factor in an item’s cost per wear. The more often you wear an item of clothing, the less its cost-per-wear, so it’s much better to have three pairs of pants that fit every curve perfectly than a whole closet of ill-fitting trousers!

Off-the-rack clothing was never meant to fit each body perfectly. If you need a large pants size through the hips, but have a small waist, make sure to get the waistband taken in so it doesn’t gap. If you’re short-waisted, have the hemlines of shirts shorted so they hit you at the right place. And ratty pants hemlines never look good on anyone – make sure you have pants hemmed and ready for heels and flats.

When your clothes fit you just right, it is much easier to throw on an outfit and head out the door in the morning. Knowing your shape and adjusting your wardrobe accordingly can save you time and money – and make you look darn good, or course.

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  1. Tracey says

    So there are only 3 body types? What about people who look round? What about an hourglass shape? Are those shapes suppose to fit into the 3 mentioned? If so, where do we fit?

  2. Tracey says

    Understood. I was just excited to see the tips and wasn’t sure that I fit into the categories listed. I just don’t want to make any fashion faux pas! Good tips though!

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