The Complete Guide to Dressing for Your Body Type
We know you know what looks good on you—perhaps there’s a wrap dress that consistently makes you feel confident or you always gravitate toward wide-leg pants—but we figured a more in-depth look at dressing for your body type is never a bad idea.
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.
You're an hourglass.
Your goal is to highlight your curves, not hide them, by emphasising your waist.
Johanna Ortiz Tuxedo Wrap-Effect Striped Cotton-Poplin Shirt Dress (£460)
The V-neck is ultra-flattering to your bust, and the wrap detail highlights the curve between your waist and hips.
You're an apple.
Your goal is to minimise your midsection by highlighting your shoulders and legs.
You're a banana.
Your goal is to highlight the thinnest part of your waist so your hips and bust appear larger and more proportional.
You're a pear.
Your goal is to elongate and balance your figure by accentuating your top half.
H&M Boot Cut High Jeans (£20)
Boot-cut 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 a slim flare for the most modern feel.
Want more? The body shape calculator will help you find your correct body type.
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