From deciding if you're an hourglass shape, pear, banana, or apple, there are plenty of different physiques that with just a little knowledge can look even better. That could be balancing out your proportions with a pair of flared jeans, or highlighting the most flattering part of your body with a cutout dress, there are some incredible ideas you might have never even thought of. One thing's for sure, though, this will help you feel and look your best. Scroll down to see the specific styles that make your body type look its absolute best, from coats and tops to skirts and dresses.
A belted jumper such as this one from Whistles is the easiest way to play up your petite waist.
There’s a reason Kim Kardashian West has adopted a uniform of a crop top and a pencil skirt—it’s incredibly flattering on curvy girls.
A pencil skirt accentuates your curves and smoothes out your thighs.
The V-neck is ultra-flattering to your bust, and the wrap detail highlights the curve between your waist and hips.
This coat will be incredibly flattering on you.
The waistband will hit at the smallest part of the torso and flare out over the stomach.
A shift dress lies just far enough away from the body to conceal any problem areas. Tailoring tip: Most women with apple figures have shapely legs, so get your dress hemmed to show them off.
Trousers that sit low on the hips will help avoid any stomach bulge.
Shirts with ruffles around the bust make your top half look larger, which makes your waist look smaller and shapelier in comparison.
Jackets that also cinch in at the bottom are ideal for your shape.
The small side cutout on this floral dress works to make you look curvier. The inward-pointing lines whittle your waist, making it look smaller in proportion to your bust and hips. Voilà, curves!
Tapered trousers will create the illusion of more proportionate hips.
Your bare shoulders will take the attention off your lower body, and the skirt shape is ideal for highlighting the smallest part of your waist and then generously flaring out to conceal wider hips.
A strong jacket gives a bit of structure to the shoulder area, which makes your bottom half appear smaller in comparison.
An A-line skirt highlights the smallest part of your waist and flares out over hips. The darker colour will also be more flattering.
Flared styles provide a one-two punch: They draw eyes away from the hips, and the volume at the hem balances out your hips, making them seem perfectly proportioned. We like slim flares for the most modern feel.
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This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Elinor Block.