Clothes to Flatter Your Body Type – A How-To Guide

Clothes to Flatter Your Body Type – A How-To Guide

Our body types are important to consider when we’re picking out pieces for our wardrobe. It’s essential to feel and look confident in the clothes we put on, and for that, we need to understand why certain things look good on us.

Have you been looking for clothes to look your best? We’ll teach you how to dress for your body type and build a wardrobe that you love. The five main body type shapes are rectangle, inverted triangle, hourglass, pear, and apple.

Your choice of outfit can help you balance your shoulders, bust, waist, and hips. Keep reading to discover what body type you have and find the best clothes for your body type. Make sure to click on the pictures to own the look today!

Apple-Shaped Body Type

Apple-shaped women are curvy with a less defined waist. They are also known as a circle or round body type. To emphasize your favourite parts of the body, you can use striped clothing or clothes with lines. Lines can help guide the eye to where you want it to go.


Other great pieces for apple-shaped bodies to consider are clothes with patterns and those of light and bright colours more so than solid black or navy. Printed and flowy tops may just be the way to go.

Belted Pants

People with this body type look great in pants that make their legs look longer. This could be achieved with high waisted pants, belted pants, and boot cut pants. Flared bottoms and palazzos will also help create a balance between the upper body and the lower body.

Hourglass Body Type

If your shoulders and hips are nearly the same widths, and you have a defined waist, you’re likely an hourglass shape. Wearing anything that draws attention to the waist helps bring out the body’s balanced proportions.

To accentuate the waist, you can consider using belts or nipped garments. Darker colours around your waist area can make them look smaller- more or less achieving the same goal.

Straight cuts and boxy styled outfits that hide the waist should not be added to your wardrobe collection.

Figure-Hugging Dresses

Hourglass bodies look great in figure-hugging clothes, that stick tight at your waist. Even if you’re wearing sleeves, it’s best to go for fitted sleeves. However, if you don’t want to emphasize your hips much, go for tops and T-shirts that extend right to your hipbones. Longer tops can make you look thinner and give you a balanced look.

Jumpsuits and Rompers

Jumpsuits and rompers are made for women of hourglass bodies. With these kinds of outfits, you can flaunt your natural figure by wearing a tighter-fitting jumpsuit that accentuates your waistline.

Pear-Shaped Body Type

If your hips are broader than your shoulders, you’re likely a pear shape. This body type is also known as a triangle body type. The best way to dress a pear-shaped figure is to grab attention or add volume to your upper body.

Square Neck Tops

Squareneck tops can help you draw attention to your collarbones and chest. Cowl neck outfits may also do an equally good job.

High Waist Pants

High waist pants can hug your curves, making them a perfect choice for pear-shaped bodies. Go for pants that make your legs look longer. Other great options include bootcut and skinny jeans.

Rectangle Body Type

If your four measurements are fairly uniform and you have a straighter build, you’re likely a rectangle. Rectangles tend to be tall and lean and aren’t particularly curvy. But choosing the right outfits can help you top your game. When it comes to outerwear, defining the waist is still a priority. Hence, a belt is a must-have. Some types of clothes that rectangle-shaped bodies can wear well are seam dresses, jackets and wrap dresses.

Cardigans or Jackets

A jacket tailored around the waist, or belted at the waist would be a great investment by rectangles. Even without a belt, jackets can look great on them. The square shoulder line of the rectangle body, straight-cut jackets hang nicely from it and follow the natural silhouette of this body shape. However, it’s important to avoid short jackets that end above the waist- which can give you a square look.

Puff sleeves

Puff sleeves can add softness to your silhouette. You can go for a puffier sleeve, but if you think it will be too much for your frame, go for a smaller puff or a puff sleeve made from a soft t-shirt fabric. You may want to seek for styles that will give your straight frame some curvature.

 Inverted Triangle Body Type

Shoulders are the broadest section of an inverted triangle’s body. Their hips and waists are usually smaller than their busts. Choose clothing with a stunning neckline, and one that will help to balance your shoulders.

V Neck

A-line dresses with V-necks are our go-to outfits for inverted triangles. While choosing an outfit, make sure you don’t choose clothes that add more volume on the shoulder. Avoid wide necklines that open your chest further.

Flare Pants

Flare pants are another great outfit choice for inverted triangles. This helps to add volume to your hips and legs. Likewise, avoid tight trousers and narrow hemlines.

We hope this article helped you understand which kind of pieces you should pick to flatter your body type. Moreover, if you’re looking for sportswear to get fit in style, click here to check out our athleisure and sportswear recommendations.

Amani Naeemullah

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