The Different Body Shapes


Although you may not fit exactly into one particular shape definition, many women can identify a primary shape that their body type resembles. They can use this shape as a general guide for how to wear cloth that create a proportionate look and draw attention to their best features.

  • Apple or inverted triangle: Larger shoulders and or bust; excess weight often accumulates around the tummy.
  • Pear or triangle: Narrower shoulders and upper torso; weight gain can be seen in hips, legs, and thighs.
  • Rectangular or straight: Often a slim or athletic figure; this body type has fewer defined curves and extra weight does not show up in one prominent area.
  • Hourglass: Defined waist and curvy figure; extra weight shows up in both the bust and hip area

Shopping for Clothing for Different Body Shapes

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When shopping for clothing for your body shape, choose clothing that fits properly every time, from the dresses to business suits. Whether you have an angular or ultra curvy figure, are short or tall, clothing that is either baggy or too tight will not be flattering on any figure.

Another tip that applies to all the different body shapes is: don't buy an item of clothing just because it's trendy. Not every trend works on every body type. Classic clothing for different body shapes can be purchased in more modern cuts, and you can accent your base wardrobe with a few pieces of trend clothing that are appropriate for your body.

Outfits for Apple Body Shapes

 Inverted triangle or apple shaped women can showcase great legs and create an attractive silhouette by creating balance between a larger bust and shoulders and thinner legs. Clothing combinations that can work well for this body type include:

  • Short skirts paired with slimming tunic tops
  • V-neck tops worn with boot cut or slightly flared mid-rise jeans
  • Blouses with a slightly nipped waist with flared skirts
  • One button jackets with an above-the waist stance with wide leg trousers
  • A-line solid color dresses

Dark and solid colors for tops work great for apple shapes because they create a more balanced appearance with their slimmer legs.

Clothing for Pear Shapes

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Clothing for this body shape should balance out heavier legs and hip areas with a slimmer top half. Do this with clothing choices such as:

  • Just-below-the-knee length plain colored skirts with patterned blouses
  • Boot cut jeans paired with boat neck or scoop neck tops
  • A-line skirts with three-quarter sleeve wrap blouses
  • Straight leg trousers with jackets that hit slightly above the hip
  • Wrap dresses in simple prints or solids

Pear body types can usually opt for darker colored bottoms and have fun exploring lots of print and design in terms of tops to create a proportionate appearance and draw eyes upward.


Styles for Straight Body Shapes

Ladies with rectangular or ruler shaped bodies are considered lucky by many because they are often slender in build. The challenge for this body type is typically that women want to appear more curvy and feminine. Clothing options for straight body shapes to create curves include:

  • Pencil skirts paired with belted jackets
  • Blouses with ruching or other dimensional details with flare leg jeans
  • Cap neck or polo shirts worn with modern boot cut trousers or jeans
  • Dresses with a fitted bodice or nipped waist and full skirt
  • Layered ensembles

Rectangle body shapes can also wear items like shift dresses that can be constricting to curvier figures. Contrasting styles, such as bulky sweaters and slim jeans, can also work to break up the vertical lines of a ruler shaped figure.


Choosing Clothing for Hourglass Figures

With a defined waist and feminine curves, the hour glass figures fits many styles of clothing without trouble. To show off a classic hourglass, consider the following clothing choices:

  • Flared jeans with scoop neck tees
  • Three-quarter length slitted skirts with v-neck wrap blouses
  • Nipped waist jackets worn with straight leg trousers
  • Halter style or classic Rockabilly dress.
The right clothing for different body shapes can truly help women bring out their best physical attributes. Have confidence no matter what your shape with clothes that fit and flatter.