Everybody’s body is different, but unfortunately, not everybody can have a dress or outfit custom-made to fit. Everybody has to take clothes off the rack and hope it looks good when they get into the dressing room. And just when you think you’ve found the perfect knit dress, you realize it was made for somebody else’s body type.
The trick is to find clothing that will suit your body type and not try to force certain clothing that doesn’t. In this article, we will give you a few tips so you can find the right type of clothing every time.
Figure out your shape
Just about every body type has a distinct shape. And every shape can be categorized in a certain way. Once you determine what shape your body is more or less, picking out clothes becomes so much easier.
The first step is to measure your body in three areas. First, your bust should be measured. It isn’t enough to go with a bra size, you should have a number from measuring tape that is wrapped around your chest. Then, do the same with your waist and hips.
At this point, you should be able to determine what your body resembles. There are three main body types. The apple shape, pear shape, and hourglass shape.
The Apple Body Shape
If your bust is bigger than your waist and hips then you likely have an apple shape and should look for clothing that accentuates certain things. The key here is to accentuate the torso since you have a broad upper half with wide shoulders and a big bust.
Blouses that have a V cut will elongate the torso even though it seems they would draw attention to your bust.
The things to avoid are anything that is tight around your waist and bust so don’t go for figure-hugging dresses or tops. Skinny jeans are also only going to make you look more top-heavy than you are so those should also be avoided.
The Hourglass Body Shape
The easiest body shape to define is the hourglass figure. If you have a wide bust and equally wide hips then you have the body that calls for clothes that hug those areas. Let the dress or outfit follow those curves to accentuate the entire figure.
It’s OK for dresses that cinch at the waist to bring out the bust and hips. If you like clothes that flow rather than hug then go with a loose belt around the waist to create the same effect.
Avoid clothes that don’t accentuate both the bust and the hips and are loose in one of those areas as it looks frumpy rather than vampy.
The Pear Shaped Body
Those that have a small bust, slim waist, and wide hips are shaped more or less like a pear.
Since you already have wide hips, you can dress in a way that makes your shape look more like an hourglass. Ruffled tops with tight jeans or skirts will make it look like your bust is wider than it actually is and creates the illusion of an hourglass figure.
Avoid tight tops that hug your torso with loose pants as it accentuates the pear shape.
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