Tips on How to Dress to Slim Your Body Shape

Find out what cuts and styles work best for your body shape. Learn how to accentuate your best features and minimize your trouble spots.

Apple Shape

Apple’s tend to have a large and less defined midsection. The key for dressing the apple shape is to take the focus off of the midsection.

When choosing shirts

Go for the empire waist line look, this will draw attention to the smallest part of your midsection just under the bust.
A classic V-neck will draw the eye upward away from the midsection and make you appear taller and leaner.
Avoid high necklines. Since most apples have a large bust, a high neckline will hide any upper body definition. (This is not to say apples need to wear plunging necklines so low they leave little to the imagination, but choose shirts that fit and flatter your bust area.)
In cold weather opt for a nice scarf to make your neck appear longer and draw attention to your beautiful face.
Avoid wide necklines that will make your naturally broad shoulders appear wider and throw off your balance.

When choosing pants

Remember the apples are naturally larger up top so choose pants that balance your lower with your upper half.
Stick to straight cut or boot cut pants that will fit comfortably around the waist and flow evenly down.
Apples have fewer problems in the hips and thighs area, but more trouble fitting around the midsection.
Avoid tapered pants, or pants that are smaller at the bottom near the ankles, this style creates a visual line that widens as it gets to your midsection making you appear larger than you are. Stick to pants that are straight from the knee down. This rule applies to wide leg capris as well.
While some flare style pants are ok, don’t go too wide on the flare.

Skirts, Dresses, and Shoes

Pick skirts with higher waistlines. This will help hide your tummy and draw the eye up to the smaller part of your midsection.
Go for empire waistline dresses. Don’t be afraid to show off those legs!
Shoes are free reign for apples since the idea is to create balance. Heels, boots, and even some thick wedges help create balance with your upper half.

Pear Shape

Pears are typically larger in their hips, butt and thighs and are slimmer up top. The idea here is to take the focus off of your lower half and bring the attention upward by creating balance.

When choosing shirts

Go for wider necklines such as boat neck or scoop to create balance with your lower half.
Don’t be afraid to draw attention to your waist. Try a belt or wrap.
Shoulder pads, while not as common, are ok for pears. Just don’t go crazy with them, when used properly they can broaden the shoulders and create balance with your lower half.

When choosing pants

Opt for darker colored jeans and pants to minimize hips and thighs
Choose a waistline for you pants that is a little lower than your natural waist line to make your torso appear longer.
Avoid tapered pants and choose pants that flow easily from the hips down.

Skirts, Dresses, and Shoes

A-line cut is the best for skirts and dresses. This style flows evenly over trouble spots concealing them.
Heels can lengthen legs and make your lower half appear slimmer.

Rectangle Shape

Since the rectangle shape lacks overall definition, your job is to create curves.

When choosing shirts

Make sure you give proper definition to the bust area. Make sure you are wearing the correct bra size.
Sweetheart necklines are great for creating curves.
Don’t be afraid of drawing attention to your waist. Try a large belt at your natural waistline, find a style that cinches around the waist, or go for a wrap shirt that ties on the side.

When choosing pants

A little flare is ok here. Choose pants that flatter the hips and thighs and then free flow from the knee down creating curves. If you’re not too adventurous with the flare stick to straight leg or boot cut pants.
Avoid tapered pants as they will only make you appear to have curves where you don’t want them.

Skirts, Dresses, and Shoes

When choosing a dress, find a style that creates a cinched waist. A-line cuts are great for fitting your upper half. However empire cuts should be avoided since they will only flow straight down and make you appear blocky.
Try a tulip or bell shaped skirt to add some flirtatious curves.
Avoid big or clunky shoes. Instead go for strappy sandals or kitten heels.

Hourglass Shape

If you’re an hourglass shape you already have perfect balance. So the key is accentuating your natural curvatiousness without throwing off that balance.

When choosing shirts

Go for fabrics that are soft and fitted. Avoid stiff bulky fabrics
Emphasize your waist. Go for a belted looks, cinched fabric, or wrap at the natural waistline. Anything that draws the eye to your waistline works well for this shape.
Keep necklines medium. Go for v-neck, sweetheart, or scoop necklines to compliment your bust.
Go for a fitted tailored look up top. Fitted clothing doesn’t necessarily mean tight.

When choosing pants

Opt for straight cut or slightly flared pants.
If you want to lengthen the appearance of your legs go with a higher waistline.

Skirts, Dresses, and Shoes

A-Line cut dresses are great for hourglass because of it’s fitted top. A-line cut skirts are also a good choice.
Pencil skirts also work well for this shape also.
You have free reign on shoes here so use your judgment.

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