How to dress according to your body type / Fashion Styling & Image Consulting

3 min readNov 22, 2020
Michaela copyright by Michaela Leitz — Confidence & Style

The bodies come in different shapes and sizes. These shapes make each one of us unique. Determine what kind of shape your body is. Pay attention to your curves. See how your bust, waist, and hips connect.

Finding outfits that flatter your body shape is about to get a lot easier. When you figure out how to dress for your body type, it’s astonishing that it is so natural to make a closet that you love to wear.

This article looks at the different body shapes of women and provides helpful style tips. Keep reading!

1. Apple Shape

If you have an apple-shaped body, then your shoulders and bust are larger than your relatively narrow hips. It is also known as “top-heavy,” which means you have a broad torso, broad shoulders, and a full bust, waist, and upper back. Women with apple-shaped bodies also tend to have slimmer arms, legs, and hips. You also tend to gain weight in your upper body first then the rest.

The great styles are the V-neck and open necklines with statement jewellery pieces. You can also wear boot-cut jeans and flared low jeans with back pockets to give more definition to your hips. Try to wear outfits with “pops” of colour. Avoid wearing clothes that are tight-fitting.

2. Pear Shape

If you have large hips and a small bust, you have a pear-shaped body. You have wide hips and your waist can look beautiful if you dress the right way. For this shape, your fashion goal is to lengthen your figure and look less bulky(bottom-heavy). I would recommend clothing that shows off the waistline.

Try to choose a belted dress, a wrap dress, or A-line dresses that clearly define your waist along with an easy-fit skirt. Also, wear a push-up bra or a padded bra so that your upper and lower body look balanced.

3. Inverted Triangle Shape

You will know that you are an inverted triangle if your shoulders are wider than your hips. You have small hips and slim legs with wide shoulders.

I would recommend tops that have some shape around the waist and more open necklines, or clothing that shows the legs. To create more width and overall balance at the bottom, you can wear a dress or skirt that flares out at the bottom. Fitted tops will add balance to your shape but stay away from short sleeves or shoulder pads.

4. Rectangle Shape

You can tell if your body is straight up and down with very little waist, and your shoulders and hips are the same widths. Like a rectangle, you want to create a waist with wrap dresses and belts.

I will probably point you towards smart use of fabric colours and patterns. Avoid wearing rigid and shapeless clothing. Also try some off-the-shoulder tops, tube dresses, and belted waists.

5. Hourglass Shape

One of the most common shapes of the female body is hourglass. If your hips and bust are about the same size and you have a well-defined waist that is narrower than both, you are shaped like an hourglass.

Draw attention to your waist. You can wear a belted dress and a fitted dress is perfect to show off your figure especially your waist. I will recommend wearing high waisted trousers or skinny jeans.

Bottom Line

Whatever your body shape, remember: you are beautiful. The most important thing is that you are happy and healthy. If you have a problem with how your body looks or feels, talk to me, I can recommend the best course of action.


Michaela Leitz — Confidence & Style