by Yna Mendez
“The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.” – Hubert de Givenchy
Your body shape is the key to dressing better. It’s important to know what fits your body’s silhouette, so it’s easier to find what to buy, how to wear and match them. With that, you can achieve that perfect visual harmony.
First, I'll help you determine your real body figure. You could be an Apple, Pear, Hourglass, Rectangle/Straight, or Inverted Triangle. Then I’ll discuss styling strategies on what clothes will look great for your body shape. And at the end, I’ll give the easiest way to find your ready body shape with a best-kept secret so keep reading until the end.
More often described as “top-heavy”, bodies with the apple shape have:
Apple body shapes' best assets are their bust and slim arms & legs.
It’s important to wear tops that accentuate your bust. Make things interesting with a low-necklines or utilizean Empire Cut Dress to elevate your waistline and give more attention to your bust. Don’t forget, skinny pants are also your best friend as they can easily flaunt your slim legs.
A Pear body shape can be visualized as a triangle and is generally described as “bottom-heavy”. You’re a pear shape if you have:
Your body will love tops with padded shoulders to widen your shoulders. Other ideal tops include off-shoulder tops, horizontal stripes, or boatnecks necklines to highlight your body.
An hourglass figure can be determined if you have:
An hourglass figure looks good with most fashion pieces. But you can exploit your assets with the bodycon dresses. They look amazing on hourglass figures since they define your waist more and flaunt those natural curves. Other outfits worth buying are wrap or belted dresses. You can also try peplums to show off your curves. Though it’s best to avoid empire cut dresses as they fail to emphasize your shape.
It’s easy to figure out a straight or rectangular body shape. If your:
The key is to add more volume to your desired parts of your body. For your shoulders, you can wear flared or puffed sleeves, while for the bottom, you can wear voluminous skirts like ruffled or tiered skirts. Avoid palazzos/culottes as they can make you look bulky. Lastly, define your waist by wearing belts, or wearing high-waist pants or skirts.
Your figure is an inverted triangle when:
Make your hips look wider to balance the proportions of the upper half of your body by wearing voluminous bottoms like flared skirts, palazzos and culottes.
In the end, it really takes time to understand your actual body shape. Some people resort to actual measuring of their body. Others may have a different impression on what their body shape could be. It personally took me years to understand it fully, but I found a little-known trick that would let you know your actual body shape without effort or cost. The easiest way to find your body shape is to talk to your free personal stylist.
With Stylist in Pocket’s free fashion consultations, you can book a home visit for a team of stylist to bring curated clothes for you. On the spot, they can determine your body shape and matching clothes that will make you feel confident, so you can dress better! It’s so easy! Get started by clicking here to dress smarter and better for free.