Every woman has a unique body shape. That is something that makes her different from the rest. Some woman have a curvy figure while others have a straight and rectangular figure.

While dressing up, you need to consider your body type if you want to stand out from the crowd. All fashion conscious individuals and celebrities wear dresses that complements their body type.

If you dress for your body type you’d be able to flatter your figure and transform your look.

If you are not sure what body type you have, read through the article and you’d get an idea about your body shape, what to wear and what not to wear.
Fill your wardrobe with the right kind of outfits according to your body type.

You are definitely going to have your favorite outfits after finding out your body type.

Different body types:

  • Apple-shaped.
  • Straight body.
  • Pear-shaped body.

Hourglass body shape

Women with an hourglass body shape have a balanced figure. Hourglass body shape has a well-defined waistline. The fashion industry promotes an hourglass body shape as the perfect figure which many fashion conscious women idolize.

Celebrities work hard to get the hourglass shape body. They hire the best trainers, use cosmetic surgery and try different shape wear. If you are someone who has the hourglass body shape, you should count yourself lucky.

Women with this kind of shape are appreciated. This puts pressure on women who are not born with this kind of body shape.

You have an hourglass body shape if you have

  • A fuller figure
  • Your waist is 25% thinner than your shoulders.
  • Your hips and shoulders are almost of the same measurement.
  • Your body is curvy.

How to dress for hourglass body shape?

So you know that you have the hourglass body shape. You should dress accordingly. Wear the dresses that sit well on your figure and enhance the waistline. You’d be able to flaunt your upper body if you wear dresses with V-necklines. Adding a belt to your waistline would also make it look prominent.


  • V-necklines
  • Fitted but not tight dresses
  • Soft prints
  • Solid colors
  • High-waist skirts

What not to wear with hourglass body shape?

  • You should avoid wearing oversized and loose clothing items
  • Don’t add extra volume on the hips and shoulders. That would make you look bulky.
  • Heavy printed tops would also make your shoulders look broad.
  • Shapeless and boxy styles.
  • Boat neck. (too closed necline)

Apple shaped body

If you have an apple shaped body, you have wide shoulders. The weight of your body accumulated around your hips and upper body. You don’t even have a thinner waistline. You have an access amount of weight in your abdomen area.

You have the apple shaped body if you have:

  • A well-proportioned figure.
  • Broad upper body and shoulders
  • You have a wider waistline.

How to dress for apple shaped body?

For women with apple shaped body, you’re A-line shirts, V-neck dresses are your power pieces. You can choose to wear strapless or sleeveless to flaunt your arms.

Adding layers is a good idea if you have the apple shaped body. It hides the excess amount of weight of your body.

You can pull off a poncho with your apple shaped body in the best way.


  • A-line shirts
  • Wrap dresses
  • Flowy tunics

What not to wear with apple shaped body?

  • Horizontal lines
  • Fitted tops

Straight body shape

Women with straight body type have the same measurements on the hips, chest and waistline. Supermodels have this kind of body. It is also known as rectangular body.

Whether you are size 8 or size 12, with a straight body your hips and chest are almost of the same measurements. This body type is also called pencil shape body type.

You have a rectangular shape body if you have:

  • A straighter figure.
  • Your chest, waistline and hip body measurements are the same.

How to dress for rectangular or straight shape body?

Women who have a rectangular shape or straight shape body should wear color blocking dresses. The color blocking dress adds some shape to the body. Moreover, you can also wear A-line shirts which would not define your broad waist-line. A-line dresses are suitable for almost all body types.


  • Mermaid shape dress
  • A-line dresses
  • Boot cut jeans
  • Color blocking dress

Pear Shaped body

You have a pear shaped body if you have a triangular frame and your hips and thighs are wider than your shoulders. Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and America Ferrara.

You have a pear shaped body if you have

  • Full hips and broad shoulders.
  • A defined waistline.
  • Triangular frame.

What not to wear

  • Fitted dresses

How to dress for pear shaped body?

Woman with pear shaped bodies have a smaller waistline and heavier hips. You should avoid wearing fitted and skinny jeans to avoid looking fat and bulky.



  • Short and wide necklines
  • A-line shirts
  • Wrap dresses
  • Fit and flare long dresses

What not to wear

  • Fitted jeans


A woman can only look beautiful if she knows how to dress for your body type and age. After reading this article, now you know what type of body you have.

If you are still not sure what body type you have, you can take the how to dress for your body type quiz.

It is always good to wear the clothes that flatters your body if you want to grab the attention of the people around you.