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Love Your Shape: How to Dress for Your Body Type

We are all born different. From the color of our hair to our body size and shape, we are distinct from one another, which makes every one of us beautiful in our own ways.

That is why you should stop comparing yourself to others and simply "own it". Own your skin color, your body type, and whatnot. Love every inch of yourself and always aim to highlight the unique qualities that you have.

Wearing clothes that are appropriate for your body type will enable you to do this. There are four basic body types that are common in women. While you are free to choose clothes that ultimately make you feel good, here's a simple guide to help you pick the pieces that would be most flattering to your body shape.

Hourglass

This may be you if you have:

  • Similar proportion between your bust and hips
  • Tiny waist

Your best asset is your curves so don't hesitate to show them off. Some outfit ideas that'll look good on you include:

  • Fitted dresses
  • Wrap dresses
  • Skinny or straight leg jeans
  • Belted jackets to emphasize your hourglass shape

Pear

You may be pear-shaped if you have:

  • A waist that is larger than your bust
  • Wider hips
  • Proportionately slim shoulders and arms

Try on these pieces to accentuate your best assets:

  • A-line skirts
  • Boot-cut pants (the wide hem will surely balance out your hips to make them look proportioned)
  • Strapless dresses
  • Boat neck tops

Rectangle

Also known as the athletic-shaped body type, this is usually characterized as having:

  • Similar widths for your shoulders, waist, and hips

These clothes will certainly look flattering on you:

  • Scoop neck tops
  • Tops with ruffles and collars
  • Dresses with ruching
  • Colorful bottoms
  • Long jackets for a lean look

Apple

You may have an apple-shaped body if:

  • Most of your weight are above your hips
  • Your hips are narrow
  • Your back, shoulders, and ribs are broad

Some of the clothes that will look great on you include:

  • V-neck tops to make your torso seem longer
  • Empire tops and dresses
  • Boot-cut and flared jeans
  • Shorter skirts to draw eyes away from your mid-section and onto your legs

Once again, you should ultimately go for styles and clothes that make you feel and look good. If a garment isn't comfortable for you, there's no need for you to force yourself into liking it.

 

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Gladdys Garcia

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