How to dress for my body type?
What Body Type am I?

There’s something special about an outfit that’s meant to fit your unique body type. How do we determine the best cut and fit for our body shape? Finding that perfect look is all about balance. It is a common belief that body types are defined by weight. But actually, our body types are classified by bone structure.

It’s easy to determine your body type by comparing the measurements of your shoulders, bust, waist, and hips. This guide will show you the best ways to highlight your body shape simply by choosing the right clothing. Once you have all the best information, finding the perfect outfit for your shape becomes easy!

1- The Hourglass Body Type

The hourglass body type, Marylin Monroe

An hourglass figure is characterized by a large bust and derriere, a defined waist, and shoulders that are roughly equal in width to your hips. An hourglass body type would generally be described as a curvy figure. Since your waist is your most defining feature,wearing tops or dresses that highlight your midsection will immediately flatter your figure.Oversized or shapeless dresses generally won’t fall well your curves but an oversized shirt tucked in will highlight your shape in a comfortable way.

An hourglass frame is perfect for fitted and structured tops. A wrap top will highlight your sensual waist. A V-neck will also draw the eye to your defined midsection. A peplum top is perfect because it mirrors the way your body is defined at the waist with volume in the shoulders and hips.

Short and long belted jackets are also great for bringing attention to your waist. If you haven’t guessed by now, belts and wraps are your best friend! On the other hand, cropped blazers and moto jackets are great for accentuating your curvy bottom half.

For pants, you will always stun in a high-waisted look or with flared hems. A flowy or wide-legged pant will add proportion to your lower half and leave a flattering amount of room for your hips. Fit-and-flares are the best dress option for you because they are constructed to match your figure. In addition, wrap dresses will always benefit you too because they create a focal point at your waist.

Finally, for swimwear, high wise bottoms with a bikini top and ruched one-pieces will give you that classic 1950s fantasy figure look. Just like Marilyn Monroe!

2- The Pear Body Type

The Pear Body Type, Kim Kadarshian

Also known as a triangular body type, the pear shape is characterized by your basic measurements. You’re in the pear shape category if your hips and thighs are wider than your shoulder and bust, and your waist is narrower than your hips. Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, and Jennifer Lopez all have pear body types.

Tops that accentuate your top half will help balance out your figure. The peplum is the essential waist defining top. Any open neckline (V-neck, cowl, or boatneck) will help bring attention to your collar bone, drawing the eye flatteringly upwards. Likewise, tops with puffed or flowing sleeves will help balance out your silhouette.

Bootcut, high-waisted, and straight pants all fall favorably on a pear shape. High-rise pants in a dark color are flattering because they’ll help define your waist while making your legs look longer. Subtly flared pants balance out your hips. Straight jeans or pants also consistently flatter your lower half.

When looking for dresses, go with ones that have roomier skirts. This way you can show off your curves without fabric clinging to your hips in an unflattering manner. A-lines and fit-and-flare dresses are great for this purpose too.

For jackets, cropped options are best. Jackets that hit above the hip add the best proportion to your figure. For longer coats, go with a wrap. Belted and tailored styles will help keep you looking structured.

The best swimwear options for pear shapes are generally the same as the hourglass figure. Rouched tops and high waisted two pieces will favorably show off all your best areas.

3- The Inverted Triangle Body Type

The Inverted Triangle Body Type, Angelina Jolie

You are an inverted triangle shape if your shoulders are the broadest part of your body, and your waist and hips are narrower than your bust. Wearing pieces that create a shape for you is a simple way to balance out your natural bone structure. Adding volume around your hips, legs, and ankles is a great way to balance out your prominent shoulders.

Tops that accentuate your neckline are always beneficial. A scoop-neck brings focus to your collarbone, a V-neck will open up your chest to create a long neckline, and a crew neck is great for a simple everyday look. It also helps to look for pieces that add volume to your hips like a peplum or a belted coat. This will help balance your entire frame.

Cropped jackets and tops help bring focus to your waist and fill out your top half for a more structured look. Generally, inverted triangle shapes look best when volume and curves are added to the lower half rather than the top. This can be achieved with wide legged or boyfriend style jeans. The loose fitting fabric helps create curves around the thighs. Pants with flared hems help balance out the shoulders. Cropped pants or pants with busy prints help bring attention to your lower half and create a sense of stability.

Dresses that are structured and already have a built in shape are great for accentuating all the right areas of your body shape. Fit-and-flare, sheath dresses, and A-line dresses are all great for inverted triangles.

Most swimwear will be flattering on an inverted shape, but choosing separates with added volume on the hips is always a safe way to go.

4- The Rectangle Body Type

The Rectangle Body Type, Nicole Kidman

The rectangle body type – or athletic body type – is characterized by a relatively equal width in the shoulders, bust, and hips. You are the opposite of curvy. A rectangular body type allows you a lot of freedom to pick and choose what assets you want to accentuate. Nicole Kidman and Kate Middleton are famous examples of a rectangle body type.

If you’re looking to create the appearance of curves, you’ll want tops that emphasize your top half and give shape to your waist. A top with a fitted bodice, mid- to high-rise bottoms, and short jackets are all simple and effective ways to highlight your waist. A peplum with a sweetheart neckline is the ultimate top for you. The sweetheart neckline will create a structured shape while the peplum will accentuate the waist. Lastly, loose fitting tops with open collars will fall flatteringly over your frame while drawing attention upwards to your shapely collarbone.

Create a fully proportional look by picking a jean or pant to compliment the silhouette created by your top. A voluminous top is best complimented by a slim fitting or flared pant. Vice versa, you can create balance with a form fitting top and a wide leg pant or baggy jean.

Nearly every kind of dress will compliment a rectangular frame so your options are unlimited. The outerwear, however, can add a lot of structure and dimension to your body shape. A belted trench coat or moto jacket will help add form to your shoulders and compliment your waist area. On the other hand, an open front duster or kimono will fall effortlessly on a rectangular frame.

The right swimwear can create the illusion of curves if that’s what you’re looking for. Choose a ruffled one piece or opt for a piece with cut-outs. If you’re not looking for curves, choose some slinky separates to show off your slim frame.

5- The Diamond Body Type

The Diamond Body Type, Christina Hendricks

Typical characteristics of a diamond body type are as follows: hips that are broader than your bust and shoulders, a waist that is the widest part of your frame, and some fullness in the thighs that create some eye-catching legs.

The key to dressing a diamond shape is to balance your shoulders and bust with your hips while creating a defined waist. This is achieved by choosing clothing that adds curves and fullness to your upper body while choosing pants and skirts that will lean and lengthen your lower body. You have amazing lower legs, so feel free to flaunt them.

Belted tops and tops with nipped waists are easiest for creating a defined midsection. Tops that are full around the chest and tops with fluttering sleeves will help emphasize the shoulders and bust, creating a more balanced shape. Wrapped tops and empire waists will help lean out the body below the waistline.

Go for jackets that have full or structured shoulders and a tighter waist. Try drawing attention to your bust area with pockets or pretty details. However, stay away from lower pockets because they will add fullness and offset your figure.

Dark wash jeans and otherwise dark colored pants will make your legs appear longer. Wear primarily straight wide legs pants. Straight pants will fall evenly over your legs. A-line skirts that are slightly gathered are best for slimming your figure.

Finally, choose swimsuits that accentuate the bust. This will help balance your shape the most.

6- The Skinny Body Type

The Skinny Body Type, Kendall Jenner

Skinny is a pretty self-explanatory body shape. Most skinny girls are defined by subtle busts and curves that they aim to accentuate with the right clothing. If you are looking to appear wider, then you can achieve this through shapeless dresses and oversized garments.

If you are the slim body type and are aiming to add some curves to your frame, it’s all about the right cut. Dresses and tops with volume on the shoulder and hips will create the illusion of curves. Ruffles are also very good for creating natural curves and volume. Peplum style dresses and tops will create a fuller silhouette.

Layering is also a great way to create dimension around the bust area. A leather or denim jacket will add width and structure to your shoulder and create a more balanced look on your upper half. You can fill out your bust area with prints and bold colors as well as details like bows, knots, and gathers.  

Skinny jeans will accentuate your legs and make them appear longer. This also works with flared and bell bottom jeans.

Swimsuits with cut-outs will create the illusion of shape and accentuate any part you want. Choose swimsuits with bust details like ruching or ruffles to highlight that area.


While there is no perfect answer on how to dress your body, I hope this guide provided a solid starting point. In the end, the only important thing is that you feel comfortable and confident in your clothing. Finally finding that perfect fit and learning to emphasize all your favorite areas is just a jumping-off point. You will ultimately decide which look is best suited to you.