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The Perfect Guide to Correctly Dress According to Your Body Type

The Perfect Guide to Correctly Dress According to Your Body Type

Have you bought a dress thinking it was made just for you but then ended up getting disappointed because even though it looked perfect on the mannequin, it looks so-so on you? Happens! You’re not alone. This is because of the varied body types that bring out the beauty of the outfit. Remember, when it comes to fashion, what works for others may not always work for you.

The key to dressing head-turning good is understanding your body shape and learning how to dress accordingly to enhance your personal style and rock your every outfit! Today in this blog, we'll explore the various body types, discuss how to identify them and provide tips on dressing for each shape.

Types of Body Types

Before we discuss the various body types, keep in mind that no body type is ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Every body type is beautiful in every way and has its own advantages when it comes to fashion. So no matter what, always flaunt your fits that enhance your proportions perfectly.

  • Pear Shape
  • Pear Shape

    A pear-shaped body type is widely known as a triangle because of its heavy bottom. If you’re pear-shaped, you don’t have to do much to determine your body shape; just look in the mirror, and you’ll know it. Your lower body is fuller than your upper body giving it nice curves. Just look at Kim Kardashian flaunting her peary curves. You should also embrace your curves and wear clothes that put light on them.

  • Hourglass Shape
  • Hourglass Shape

    Among all the body types, the hourglass is the most proportionate-looking body shape. If you’re an hourglass figure, then you have shoulders and waist of similar sizes, giving a squinch to your waist. This is a pretty rare body type, so don’t restrain yourself from outlining those wavy curves.

  • Apple Shape
  • Apple Shape

    The apple (round or even oval) shape is recognised by having a larger upper body, especially around the midsection of your body. With a fuller bust and waist compared to the hips, it creates an illusion of an oval shape, hence the name. To dress an apple-shaped body is to draw attention away from the fuller midsection while creating a defined waistline.

  • Rectangle Shape
  • Rectangle Shape

    Rectangle-shaped bodies are also termed straight-shaped bodies because of the even upper and lower bodies with equal widths and not much to define the waist. If you’re rectangle-shaped, your goal is to accentuate your shoulders and arms and add curves to your body.

How to identify your body type?

For this part, be ready with a measuring tape. We have to measure your Bust, Waist and Hips.

How to identify your body type?

Measuring Your Bust:

  • Wear a well-fitting, non-padded bra.
  • Stand in front of a mirror and ensure your back is straight and your shoulders are relaxed.
  • Hold the measuring tape horizontally across your back, just under your shoulder blades.
  • Bring the tape around the fullest part of your bust and note down the measurements.
  • Be sure not to hold onto your breath or be extra stiff.

Measuring Your Waist:

  • Stand up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Bend slightly towards the side. The crease that forms there is your natural waistline.
  • Wrap the measuring tape around your waist, ensuring it is aligned with the floor and not twisted.
  • Keep the tape snug-fit but comfortable enough not to compress your waist.
  • Do not hold onto your breath to bring in your stomach. Be relaxed to measure your natural waistline.

Measuring Your Hips:

  • This time, stand with your feet together.
  • Place the measuring tape around the fullest part of your hips, typically around the area where your buttocks are the most plump.
  • Ensure the measuring tape is parallel to the floor.
  • Do not squeeze the tape too tight or keep it too loose.

How to Dress Correctly According to Your Body Type?

Correctly According to Your Body Type

If You’re Pear-Shaped

Pear shape body type has the most chances of making an illusion of an hourglass figure. Thus, enhancing your lower body is the key! Wear clothes focusing on your legs. Wide-legged jeans, Patterned A-line skirts, V-neck and Deep-V neckline tops and Skinny jeans are your-kinda outfits! Remember to stay away from any skin-fitting tops ever!

If You’re Hourglass-Shaped

Squinched waistline and proportionate measurements are your assets. Belts are a must-wear for you. They are perfect for highlighting your curves. A-line dresses are your wardrobe must-have. Enhancing your lower body makes your curves glow and gives a touch-up to your already-defined structure. Avoid wearing loose tops n bottoms; they tend to cancel out your figure, which actually is your jewel.

If You’re Apple-Shaped

You probably have a heavy upper body if you have a pear-shaped body. So, any body-hugging clothes are a big no-no for you. Wear tops and dresses that are V-lines. They create a mirage of an elongated torso shifting focus away from your heavy structure. To add value to your lower body, always be sure to wear flared jeans!

If You’re Rectangle-Shaped

Rectangle-shaped figures also have the most balanced-out tops and bottoms, so your legs and arms are the assets. Multiple clothing options are at your service to perfectly glam your lookup. From A-line and layered tops to sleeveless and strapless fits, all are yours. Blazers and jackets are always an add-on.


Now that you know your correct body type, it's time to go shopping and find clothing that accentuates your shape! Don't hesitate to step outside your oh-so-comfort zone and experiment with different styles, textures, and colours. Fashion always tends to express your innate personality, so embrace your individuality and have fun with your wardrobe. And remember to look for clothing with cuts and details that enhance your best features.

And most importantly, there are no rules in fashion - experiment with different styles to create a look that’s unique to you and makes you feel confident in whatever you wear. With the right selection of clothes that compliments your body type, you’ll be sure to look your best!

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