Dressing For Your Body Type

Dressing for your body type usually comes with a long list of do’s and don’ts. But today, I am simplifying the rules by sharing one simple trick for dressing for your body type to help you achieve confidence in your look.

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You have probably heard different tips over the years about how to dress for your body type and if the rules seem too lengthy or complicated, I have one simple trick that I’ll be sharing today that will help you dress for your body type, no matter what shape you are.

Body type or body shape can get very complicated and detailed. Of course, there is no way to put every single woman on the planet into a few main categories, so for the sake of simplicity, we are going to use five basic body shapes for illustration purposes today.

Hourglass | Triangle (Pear) | Inverted Triangle | Apple | Rectangle

Dressing for your body type has less to do with your weight than it does with your structure. Every woman deserves to feel confident and beautiful and using this simple trick for dressing for your body type that I am going to share with you, will help you achieve confidence in your look.

Dressing For Your Body Type – One Simple Trick

The one simple trick is this: Attract attention to the part of your body that is smaller and detract from the part of your body that is larger. And in just a minute I am going to explain the “how” of that.

But first, by “attracting attention”, let me tell you what I do mean and let me tell you what I do not mean. What I do mean is to use fabrics, textures, patterns and colors to attract attention to the smaller half of your body. What I don’t mean, is to attract attention by using less fabric (if you catch my drift.) The goal in all of this is to achieve balance in your overall look and do so in a sophisticated way.

For a lot of you, you already know what your body shape is, but if you need help in determining what your body shape is, we are not going to cover that today – we’ll save it for another time, but in the meantime, jump on and do a quick Google search for those resources. There are a lot of good ones out there that will help you take measurements or give you other tips and tricks for determining your shape.

Dressing for your body type – The How

The overall goal of dressing for your body type is not only looking as fab as you can of course and feel great as you go through your day, but mainly to achieve that “hourglass” look. That’s considered (visually speaking) the perfect body shape so if you are starting out as an hourglass figure, then you have one up on the rest of us. If you are an hourglass, the goal then becomes not to lose that balanced look as you select what to put on.

If you are any of the other four shapes, the goal is to use fabrics, textures, patterns and colors placed in strategic places to help you achieve that perfect balanced, hourglass look no matter your body shape.

So, yes, you can do it! And no it’s not as complicated as you would think! In fact, you might find after today’s tutorial that you are already doing a lot of these subconsciously, because that is what looks good and maybe today will just help explain more of the “why” you are subconsciously doing it. So let’s get started!

Dressing For Your Body Type: Remember our one simple trick

Attract attention to the part of your body that is smaller and detract from the part of your body that is larger. 

How to attract attention: use fabrics, textures, patterns, colors and certain cuts of fabric placed in strategic places

How to detract attention: Use dark or solid colors or larger cuts of fabric to cover or help detract attention from larger areas of your body

Dressing For Your Body Type: One simple trick applied to a triangle (pear)

A pear shaped body is smaller on top, larger on bottom. This simple trick applied to a pear shape, to help achieve balance and work toward that hourglass look, is to attract attention to the top through use of fabrics, textures, patterns, colors and detract attention from the bottom by using dark or solid colors. Applying this simple trick helps to create the illusion of an hourglass figure on a pear shaped body.

dressing for your body type pear shape

Sample outfit: a floral top and black jeans would look great on a pear shape

The exact opposite would be true for an inverted triangle shaped body. Remember, our one simple trick: Attract attention to the part of your body that is smaller and detract from the part of your body that is larger. 

Dressing For Your Body Type: One simple trick applied to an inverted triangle

Detract attention to the top and attract attention to the lower half of the body. Use solid colors to detract attention on top and balance it out by using patterns and colors on bottom. This could be a black top with colored skinny jeans. Putting the solid, dark color on top detracts attention and putting the brighter color on bottom attracts attention, thereby balancing out the body shape of the inverted triangle, that otherwise typically wider on top and smaller on bottom.

dressing for your body type inverted triangle

Sample outfit: A dark colored top and brightly colored jeans would look great on this body shape

Dressing For Your Body Type: One simple trick applied to an apple shape

If we apply our one simple trick to an apple shape, and work towards the illusion of an hourglass shape, the goal is to detract attention from the middle and attract attention to the top and bottom. This could look like a big chunky brightly-colored necklace on top, solid dark top and a ruffle edge knee length skirt on bottom. The ruffles on the bottom of the skirt will draw attention downward at the same time the brightly colored chunky necklace draws attention up, helping to create the illusion of balance and achieve that hourglass figure.

dressing for your body type apple shape

Sample outfit: Attract attention up and down with a chunky necklace up top and a ruffled skirt

Dressing For Your Body Type: One simple trick applied to an apple shape

What this looks like on a rectangle: a rectangle is evenly portioned and similar to an hourglass with the exception of a defined waist. If we apply our one simple trick to a rectangle shape, we will want to draw attention to the waist. A brightly colored belt in the middle of muted colors on top and bottom, will help create the illusion of a waist and help you work towards that hourglass shape.

Of course, there are many more tips and tricks to dress for your body shape and we will take a look at more in the future. My goal today is to (without overly complicating the process or causing confusion) give you one simple trick to help you take the next step in dressing for your body shape.

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