Know your Body Shape and what Fits it

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Colorful cartoon set of isolated female body shape types. Round (apple) triangle (pear) hourglass rectangle and inverted triangle body types.
Figuring out your body shape can seem like a daunting task. Also, categorizing yourself within a list of fruits and geometric shapes can seem a little outdated, limiting and, quite frankly, a little weird. But hear us out. Figuring out your body shape can ultimately help you save time shopping, getting dressed and asking yourself and everyone else, “Does this look good?”
We love that everyone looks different, has different body shapes and different personal styles because it makes fashion and clothing more fun; and below, we’re breaking down the five most common body shapes to help you figure out which one you most closely relate to. Are your hips wider than your shoulders? Great! That probably means you are a pear body shape. We also list out a few key closet essentials you should look at incorporating into the closet. These essentials will help you show off your best feature, like your legs, shoulders or waist.

1. Pear

 

The do’s & don'ts of dressing every body shape
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Description: Your hips are wider than your shoulders.
What looks great on you: Fit-and-flare dresses because they perfectly show off your smaller top half and the extra flare on the bottom is great for accentuating your curves. It will naturally focus attention on your curviest and most beautiful parts. Spaghetti straps or decorative straps and necklines work great on you too.

2. Inverted triangle

 

The do’s & don'ts of dressing every body shape
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Description: Your shoulders and bust are wider than your hips.

 

What looks great on you: Fitted jackets, thicker straps/sleeves and voluminous skirts and pants work great because they will attract focus to your legs and slim down your shoulders.

 

3. Rectangle

 

The do’s & don'ts of dressing every body shape
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Description: Your shoulders, waist and hips are roughly the same size.
What looks great on you: Skirts with ruffles, bows or embellishment details. Creating extra volume on one half of your body will help create the illusion that you have lots of curves. You can also do this by adding waist belts over your dresses or wearing high-waisted jeans.

4. Apple

 

The do’s & don'ts of dressing every body shape
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Description: You have broad shoulders, a full waist and thinner legs.
What looks great on you: Full skirts, wide-leg pants and jackets that hit at your widest part. Look for tops without much extra volume so it doesn’t cause any imbalance against your legs. You can focus on playing up and showing off your legs too.
Other rectangle shapes: Jennifer Hudson, Tyra Banks, Mindy Kaling, Elizabeth Hurley

5. Hourglass

 

The do’s & don'ts of dressing every body shape
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Description: Your shoulders and hips are roughly the same size, and you have a smaller, more defined waist.

 

What looks great on you: Anything that defines your waist. Look for belted dresses, wrap dresses and tops, body-con dresses and peplum styles because they keep all the focus on your narrow waist, curvy hips and full chest.

 

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