We’ve all been there before. You see an adorable outfit on a mannequin or celebrity and want to buy it for yourself. Then you try it on and—it doesn’t look quite right. What’s the problem? Most likely the issue is you aren’t dressing for your unique body type. Different styles fit different figures, well, differently. Wearing clothing that accentuates your unique figure can greatly help increase your confidence and take your style to the next level. If you’re ready to look and feel your best, consider these tips on how to choose clothes that flatter your figure.
Determining Your Body Type
In order to determine what clothing looks best on your figure, you’ll first need to figure out which category your body type falls under. Narrowing down your unique body into a specific label or category may seem silly. Well, that’s because it kind of is.
After all, there are countless different types of bodies in the world; listing them all is pretty much impossible. As such, you should take these categories with a grain of salt as you probably won’t fit into one individual category perfectly. That’s okay! These are simply meant to serve as a general guideline to help you find clothing that’ll highlight and play up your many incredible features. Let’s get started, shall we?
- The Triangle Body Type: Those who have a triangle body type generally have a wider waist than their bust and narrower shoulders in proportion to their hips. This body type is also commonly referred to as a “pear” body type.
- The Inverted Triangle Body Type: Contrary to the triangle body type, the inverted triangle body type is characterized by shoulders being broader than hips. People with an inverted triangle body type are typically well-proportioned with a fairly undefined waistline.
- The Rectangle Body Type: If you have nearly identical shoulder and hip measurements, you have a rectangle body type. Like the inverted triangle body type, those with a rectangle body type generally have fairly undefined waistlines and evenly-distributed weight.
- The Hourglass Body Type: An hourglass body type is typically characterized by those with a well-defined waistline and roughly even bust and hip measurements. In addition, those with an hourglass body type generally have a fuller bust, hips, and thighs.
Choosing Clothing That Flatters Your Figure
Now that you have a general idea of which body type you have, it’s time for the fun part—accentuating and highlighting your features to make you look and feel as amazing as possible. Below, we’ve outlined some of our top style tips for each of the different body types listed above.
Choosing Clothing for a Triangle Body Type:
When choosing clothing for a triangle body type, it’s generally the most flattering to opt for pieces that accentuate your shoulders and bust. Placing more of an emphasis on your upper body, which is proportionally smaller, will help balance out your figure. Some examples of this include wearing scarves, shirts with cap or puffed sleeves, boatneck shirts and dresses, and statement tops with patterns or embellishments.
In addition to wearing shirts that accentuate the upper half of your body, avoiding tightly-fitted bottoms will further balance out your figure. Instead, opt for tailored pants with a bootcut or flare style or A-line skirts. To draw more attention to your upper body, it’s also beneficial to choose pants or skirts in subtle, dark colors.
Choosing Clothing for an Inverted Triangle Body Type:
Those with an inverted triangle shape should consider choosing pieces that accentuate their bust, legs, and arms while drawing attention away from the waist. Unstructured tops such as boutique tunics, tops with V-necklines, and relaxed button-ups with a boyfriend fit are all incredibly flattering on people with a triangle body type (and have the added benefit of being incredibly comfortable.)
If you enjoy wearing dresses, wrap dresses and A-line dresses are a couple of the best choices since they don’t rely on a traditionally structured waistline. As for bottoms, flared or boot cut pants are a great option as they’ll help balance your proportionally larger upper body.
Choosing Clothing for a Rectangle Body Type:
Those who have a rectangle body type are pretty evenly proportioned, which means it’s up to you to choose whether you want to accentuate the top or bottom half of your figure. Just make sure to pick one. Trying to create volume and emphasis on your upper and lower half simultaneously can cause your beautiful figure to get lost beneath the fabric. For example, if you opt for a looser top, consider balancing your look out with a pair of tight-fitted bottoms, such as skinny jeans or a pencil skirt.
To create the illusion of a more curvaceous figure, peplum dresses and tops are your best friend as they tighten around the waist and flare out at the hips. Wearing a belt around the narrowest part of your waist and sporting empire-waist dresses and tops that cinch below your bust can also help enhance your natural curves.
Choosing Clothing for an Hourglass Body Type:
Choosing clothing for an hourglass body type is all about embracing and highlighting one’s natural curves. To do so, avoid wearing baggy clothing that covers up your beautiful feminine figure. Instead, opt for styles that draw attention to your proportionally smaller waistline to accentuate your hips and bust.
For example, body-hugging clothing such as fitted tops and dresses with a round or V-neckline, pencil skirts, and slim-fitted pants. More structured pieces such as blazers and tailored tops and dresses also look amazing on an hourglass figure. If you enjoy wearing looser, more flowy clothing items, a great option is to belt them. That way you can accentuate your curvaceous figure in comfort.
We hope that these tips on how to choose clothes that flatter your figure help you put together outfits that make you feel confident and look incredible. If your wardrobe is missing some key pieces that would be perfect for your body type, Cozi Bear Boutique can help. Our style experts hand-pick each and every one of our pieces to ensure they’re up to date with the latest trends. To start developing a wardrobe customized to your beautifully unique figure, shop Cozi Bear Boutique today!