Determine and Embrace Your Body Type

Determine and Embrace Your Body Type


I totally believe that if you like something you should wear it.  Gone are the days of following all the fashion rules. Rules like, no white after Labor Day, and your belt had to match your shoes.  I do believe though that in order to look and feel your best you need to embrace your body, and become familiar with what styles, patterns and colors accentuate your best features.  The first step in finding clothes that flatter and elevate your confidence is figuring out what your body type is.  This will allow you to pick the appropriate clothes that can play up your best features.

Body Shape is about proportion. Fashion is about dressing those proportions to look their very best. Style is finding the appropriate silhouettes for your body shape in the colors and patterns that you love and creating amazing outfits.

Body type has little to do with height and weight.  It does however focus on SHAPE.  A thinner person can have the same shape as a curvy person.  A taller person can have the same shape as a shorter person.   It is about determining your shape so you feel your best in every outfit you pull from your closet.

Each body is unique but our bodies are usually narrowed down to one of five body shapes.


If you have an hourglass body type your shoulders and hips are similar in proportion.  You also have a tiny waist. You have ample curves and when dressing your hourglass shape you need to pick things that show off those curves.

Dos and Don’ts

DON’T hide your curves with baggy clothes.

DON’T wear high neck lines.

DON’T  wear low rise jeans.

DO wear scoop, and V necklines.

DO wear fitted dresses.

DO wear waist defining tops and jackets.

DO wear belts at the waist to enhance your hourglass shape.

DO wear wrap dresses and wrap tops.

Do wear high-waist jeans, skirts and pants.

Do wear skinny, straight or boot cut jeans.



If you have an apple body shape most of your weight is above your hips . which are narrow.  You have more broad shoulders and back. Apple shaped bodies have fuller rounder torsos with a minimal waist line.  When dressing an apple shape you want to choose pieces that elongate your figure. You want to choose pieces that give you the illusion of having a waistline.

Dos and Don’ts

DO go for V-neck and wide neckline tops to create the illusion of a longer torso.

DO wear thicker belts at the smallest part of your waist.

DO wear empire tops and dresses.

DO wear boot cut and flared jeans to create an even line from the shoulders down.

Do wear dresses with an A-line or a slightly flared bottom.

DO wear shorter skirts to show off your legs and draw attention away from your midsection.




If you have a rectangle body shape your waist, hips, and shoulders are similar in width.  Rectangle body shapes have small to average breast and an undefined waist.    When you have a rectangle body shape your fashion goals are to create the illusion of curves and a defined waist.

DON’T wear overwhelming styles.

DON’T wear square neck lines.

DON’T wear slouchy jackets and blazers.

DO wear scoop neck and round open necklines to create curves.

DO wear tops with collars, ruffles, and details to flatter your chest.

DO wear belts to define the waist.

DO layer to add more dimension.

DO wear skinny jeans.



If you have an inverted triangle body type you have a broad chest and wide shoulders with a narrow waist and hips. When dressing this body type you should choose pieces that accentuate your lower body while softening your shoulders and upper body.

DOs and DON’Ts

DON’T  wear spaghetti-strap tops.

DON’T wear boat necklines.

DO wear bright colors on the bottom.

DO wear wide leg pants.

DO wear full skirts.

DO look for clothes that create the illusion of a waist.



If you have a pear body shape your hips are wider than your shoulders. You also have a well defined waist. When dressing a pear body shape you should choose pieces that emphasize your waist and add volume to your shoulders and upper body. You want to stay away from clothing that draws attention to the hips and thighs.

DOs and DON’Ts

DON’T wear baggy tops and tunics.

DON’T wear patterns or embellishment details on the hips and thighs.

DO keep hems of pants, skirts and dresses wide to balance the hips.

DO wear light-colored tops and dark-colored bottoms for contrast.

DO wear jackets that hit right above the waist.

DO wear A-line dresses and skirts.

DO wear wide hems on pants, skirts, and dresses to balance out the hips.

DO wear boat neck,  square and cowl neckline tops.


No matter what your body type you must consider a few things when choosing clothing. Fabric choices and patterns matter. As well as a good supportive bra.   It’s important to choose quality fabric that flatters your figure in all the right places.  Patterns can be overwhelming and and take over an outfit. So when wearing patterns be mindful of choosing the appropriate one for your shape. You also want to choose a bra that fits properly and offers the right amount of support.

If you have questions about dressing your body and determining your body shape contact me..















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