How to Strategically Dress Your Body Type: Pt II

how to dress your body type

Hopefully by now, you've read part one of this series. If not, get on that, like now.

In part one, we talked about styling two body shapes: hour glass and apple. This week, the body types we are focusing on are: pear, inverted triangle, and rectangle. 

To reiterate from my last post: dressing for your specific body type is SO important. If you're a pear, you won't be able to share all the same styles as an apple, and vice versa. 

That's the thing about beauty: there's are so many different forms. 

To accentuate each person's specific style of beauty, we will be going over some tips and tricks on how to style each body type. 

If you want to look your best and feel your best, these are all easy, actionable style tips that will leave you looking and feeling like a total smoke show. 

How to style your body ...

... If You're Pear

As I mentioned last week, I am a modified hour glass, and the reason I'm "modified" is because my measurements are in between an hourglass and a pear. Most women in my family are pear-shaped (shout out, y'all!), so I'm very familiar with this body type.

We have big butts, and we cannot lie. 

You might be a pear, too, if:

  • Your hip measurements are slightly larger than your shoulder measurements
  • You are "bottom heavy"
  • You tend to gain weight in your butt and thighs first

Celebs who are also pear-shaped babes: Beyoncé (yassss), Jennifer Lopez (double yas), and Nicole Richie (ob-sessed). 

You want to reach for styles that show off your curves but don't make you look unbalanced. Unlike most body shapes, you have carte blanche on what tops you wear. Since you are smaller on top, it's ok to draw attention without overpowering the rest of your shape. 

On bottom is a different story. Like hour glasses, you will want to stay away from heavy fabrics that add too much volume to your bottom. You can opt for thinner and more form-fitting textures that accentuate your curves without making them look fuller. You may also want to avoid dresses that are designed with hourglass shapes in mind. These kinds of dresses (without being altered) may fit your bottom half, but they won't do your top any justice. 

Styles to avoid: Bodycon dresses (unless they make your top look balanced), overly-embroidered bottoms, thick fabrics on bottom, loose-fitting bottoms (like most boyfriend jeans), exaggerated A-line dresses. 

Styles to buy: Fit-and-flare dresses, wrap dresses, high-neck dresses (so obsessed with this one!), fitted button-down tops and pencil skirts, tops with embellished necklines, pointy-toed heels, plunging necklines, mid to high rise jeans (own these and LOVE!). 

SHOP THE POST: PEAR

 

... If You're Inverted Triangle

You might be an inverted triangle if:

  • Your shoulders (or bust) are larger than your hips
  • Your hips are more narrow, and your shoulders are more broad
  • Your waist may go in slightly

Sound like you? I'm pretty sure shoulder-pads were invented to emulate this body shape. 

Celebs with your shape: Teri Hatcher, Audrina Patridge, and Bo Derek (literally amazing company!). 

If you're this shape, you will need to focus on balancing out your shoulders, accentuating your narrow waist, and simulating curve on the bottom to balance out your top. 

You're super lucky because you can wear almost any bottom, and it will look stunning! 

Styles to avoid: Any shirt that accentuates your broadness on top, wide jackets, embellished tops, shoulder pads, oversized collars, tight jeans that make you look unbalanced on bottom, bold patterns on top. 

Styles to buy: Fitted jackets, fitted blazersboyfriend jeans (make sure they fit your waist!), belts to define your waist, full skirts (for balance!), bold textures on bottom, simple tops, peplum tops, ruffled skirts (LOVE this one!), embellished bottoms.

SHOP THIS POST: INVERTED TRIANGLE 

 

... If You're Rectangle

You might be an rectangle if:

  • Your hips and shoulders are the same width
  • You do not have a defined waist
  • You have limited curves

If you're a rectangle, you're in luck because most clothes (especially dresses) will fit you well. You just need to focus on defining your waist and creating curves where there aren't any. If you don't care about defining your waist, you'll also look great in looks that have no visual waistline.

Also, don't be afraid to strategically show some skin! LOVE this dress from Free People. It would look flattering on many body types, but it would especially accentuate the lines of a rectangle's shape. 

Celebs who share your shape: Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, and Gwyneth Paltrow (all BABES!). 

Styles to avoid: High-rise jeans, maxi skirts and dresses, crop tops, body con dresses, double-breasted jackets, cropped jeans (if you're tall!), super low-rise jeans. This is a short list because this body type is the easiest to style!

Styles to buy: Low to mid-rise jeans, flared trousers, A-line skirts and dresses, shirt dresses, tucked-in tops, pencil skirts (OBSESSED with this one!) + button-down shirts, sheath dresses, belted coats (love the black!), structured jackets.

Most people do not fall into just one of these body shape categories. Most people (myself included) have a dominant body shape and a secondary one. My most dominant is hourglass, and my secondary one is pear. So if you fall into those same categories, make sure you check out my style in my OOTD section

SHOP THIS POST: RECTANGLE 

Ed note: Upon Googling which celebrities fit each body shape, I noticed a trend: there was a lot of disagreement about MANY celebrities. I saw the Kardashians, Beyoncé, Eva Longoria, and Oprah (among others) included in different body shape lists, so I used my best judgement and included them in the lists I consider to be their dominant body shapes. 

Which body shape are you? Did you like my styling tips? Don't forget to check out part one of this series! For more info on how to style your specific body shape, email me at cat@forkandfrill.com