Have you ever seen a dress on a female and you are like OMG I’ve got to have that dress? Then you walk up to her and say “your dress is so beautiful where can I get it to buy please?” and then she tells you where she got it. You went ahead and got the dress, all excited to wear it for your next outing you tried it but the dress looks so awful on you. It made you look like a sumo wrestler with a very big butt and you are wondering why.  I will tell you why, it is because the dress is not for your body type. People are born with one of three body types:

Ectomorph: Long and lean.

Mesomorph: Muscular and athletic.

Endomorph: Round and prone to putting on weight.

A lot of us love trendy fashion; we love to just get anything we see on a mannequin, a fashion magazine or on some other female because it looks good. While wearing something trendy is not a bad idea and could be really fun, you should learn how to tweak trends to suit your style and your body type and body shape because looking good is all about how well your cloth fits.

Every one of us has different body shapes and the clothes which will flatter you the most will depend on your body shape. So we have broken down the most common body shapes, what style looks best on you, what to shop for etc. because trust me getting dressed is a whole lot easier when you know what pieces work best for your shape. Now let’s dive right in.

Determine your body shape

In order for you to determine your body shape, stand in your underwear with your legs together and your arms a bit away from your sides in front of a mirror. Examine the area from under your arms, down to your waist and hips. Then look at the 5 body shapes below and pick the one you belong to. Most women fall into one of these five categories:


If you are thick around the middle, i.e. your waistline and torso are wider than your shoulders and hips or you have broad shoulders, bigger bust lines, then you fall under this category.

How to Dress for Apple Body Shape

To dress up this type of body, the idea is to take the attention away from the mid-section area since most of the weight is concentrated there and highlight your strengths.

  • Go for outfits that flaunt your legs.
  • Do not wear bright colors or print bottoms.
  • Wear deep V necklines as this creates an illusion of a long torso.
  • Wear outfits with a band under your bust that subtly skims over your torso.
  • Opt for classic cut pants (straight, boot-cut).
  • Avoid wearing pleats and too much flares as this will make you look bigger.
  • Avoid short tops.


If your hips are larger than your shoulders i.e. your shoulders and upper body is smaller compared to your hips, thighs, and lower body then you fall under this body shape.

How to Dress for Pear/Triangle Body Shape

One striking thing about this type of body is that you can easily dress it up or strike a balance to create to an illusion of an hourglass figure or you can also enhance your lower body.

  • Wear bright colors and big prints on your tops.
  • Go for darker or muted colors in your pants, skirts etc.
  • Wear classic cut pants (straight cut, boot-cut pants).
  • Opt for A-line skirts or dresses with ruffled tops, this will add definition to the upper body.
  • Opt for a pair of skinny jeans with a loose fitting top as this will help create an hourglass.
  • Go for a neckline that will balance your bottom out (sweetheart, V or deep-V, scoop or boat necks).
  • Avoid tops that are fitted around the torso, as they will make your lower body look larger.

Inverted Triangle

If your shoulders and upper body are larger than your waist and hips, then you fall under this category

How to Dress for Inverted Body Shape

  • Wear bright colors on the bottom to bring attention to your legs since you have slim legs.
  • You can also try bigger and bolder prints on the bottom, unlike most other body shapes.
  • Opt for darker colors and prints in your tops.
  • Wear classic tops with V neckline because it creates an illusion of a narrow shoulder.
  • Wear fitted tops and loose full bottoms.
  • Let all the patterns, puffs, ruffles, layers, etc. be part of the bottom part of your body.


Just like the hourglass, you are curvy but evenly proportioned. Your shoulders and hips are the same widths while your waist is smaller.

How to Dress for Hourglass Body Shape

Your body is very balanced and dressing your body doesn’t need much. This is why any clothing you wear should sit well on the right curves and follow the outline of these curves.

  • Do not use drastic color or print that over contrast. For example, a black top with bright yellow pants may cause your hips to look larger in proportion to your upper body.
  • Refrain from dramatic collars or sleeves and if you do opt for this, just make sure that everything is fitted.
  • Avoid baggy or loose clothes.
  • Go for tops with V or deep V-shaped necklines as this will help you flaunt your upper body.
  • Go for classic style pants: straight, boot-cut.
  • Go for dresses that cinch your waist.
  • Always opt for fitted and well-tailored dresses.


If you are straight up and down (balanced hips and shoulders) or you have little or no curves in your torso, you fall under this category.

How to Dress for Rectangle Body Shape

Unlike the hourglass shape, your body is balanced but without the curves. You have two options, to either dress up your straight silhouette or create an illusion of curves.

  • Choose non-fitted clothing; wear V-necked tops.
  • Wear ruffled and layered tops.
  • Choose A-line, flared skirts.
  • Wear wide-legged pants wear.
  • Avoid tube dresses wear puffed sleeves.
  • Avoid anything too tight.

I hope with this guide, making the right decisions when it comes to dressing up nicely, won’t be a difficult task anymore. Remember,when in doubt you can always come back here and check this post.


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