Everything you Need to Know to Dress for your Body Type

There comes a time while window shopping when you find that perfect dress or piece of clothing you have been dreaming of for so long. At the same time, many of us get anxious before shopping because we don’t know if that perfect dress or those perfect tight pants will actually look as awesome as we have dreamed of. To avoid this, it is important to learn how to dress for our unique body type.

Learning how to choose clothing for your unique body takes patience and a lot of trying on clothes. Most people think they are limited when it comes to dressing their body type but that is not true. It takes a lot of trial and error to find your perfect fit! But when you find what looks best on your shape, you will feel more comfortable, confident, and happier every day.

Identifying and understanding your shape is about knowing what works for the largest and smallest parts of your body. The most common shapes in plus size women are: pear, hourglass, apple, and rectangle.

A pear shape is when your waist is wider than your bust and you consider that you have wider hips, in comparison with your narrow shoulders. When dressing for a pear shape it is important to remember to create a balance between your bust and your hips.

Full Figure Tips:
Say yes to the dress! Especially the ones that can define your waist and highlight your bust.
A-line styles will look fantastic on you, which applies for skirts too. Any hemline that hits right below the knee will elongate your frame and slenderize the hips and thighs.
Fitted dresses can also be your secret weapon!
When it comes to jeans the best are bootcut and flare, if you find the right length, you will never look back.

Do you relate to the pear shape type? Check out plus size model and influencer Fluvia Lacerda for inspiration on style!

An hourglass shape is when you have a well-defined waist and your bust and hips measurements are roughly even. Hourglass shapes much like the apple tend to have a large chest. Your goal is to find clothes that fit and flatter your curves. Hourglass shapes also tend to look great in classic cuts and styles.

Full Figure Tips:
Fitted tops! Really anything from fitting jersey knits, wrap tops, etc.
Classic silhouette dresses will help enhance your curvy body.
Flare denims will accentuate your shape!

Do you relate to the hourglass body type? Check out plus size model Ashley Graham for inspiration on style and what to wear!

An apple shape body is generally well proportioned. You are most likely to not have a defined waistline. Some tips on how to dress when your body has an apple shape are:

Full Figure Tips:
Breezy tops, boyfriend button-ups, and flowy tunics, will look amazing on you!
Strapless, maxi, and wrap dresses can be your secret weapon, take advantage of it and show off your best assets.
Skinny jeans and leggings are the best of your friends, especially when paired with a breezy tunic. Flares with heels are also great for elongating your silhouette.

Feel related to the apple body type? Be bold as actress and comedian Rebel Wilson, we love her style!

A rectangle shape body is not particularly curvy, your shoulder and hips measurements are almost identical. Usually, your weight is evenly distributed throughout your body.

Full Figure Tips:
Halter tops, as well as strapless tops, will be key to show off your shoulders and to showcase the parts of your upper body you love the most!
Balance means everything, combine fitted skinny jeans with loose tops, or rock a flared style with a more fitted top.

Do you relate to the rectangle body type? Actress Queen Latifah fits in this category and she has a lovely style! check out her Instagram and get inspired!

Everybody is different and unique, and we might not fit in one exact body type. The most important thing is to try as many combinations as possible to discover what looks best on you, and to have fun in the process. Find the pieces that make you fall in love with your body and trust your sense of style. After all, style is how your personality can shine through your clothes!

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