Picking the Right Clothes for Your Body Type

For some, getting dressed in the morning can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t feel confident in the clothes you wear. We all have different body types, just because something looks great on someone doesn’t mean it will work for everyone. If you’ve ever wondered why you don’t feel your best when you get dressed, you may not be dressing to accentuate your strengths.

Every body type is different. You could easily be dressing in a way that highlights your weak points. Keep reading to learn what types of clothes will work best for your specific body type.

What Are The Body Types?

Before you can dress to impress, you need to know what body type you are.

1. Round

The round body type is defined by a larger upper body without a defined waist.
Famous Figure: Queen Latifah

2. Inverted Triangle 

The inverted triangle has shoulders that are larger than the hips.
Famous Figure: Angelina Jolie

3. Pear

The pear-shaped has a wider lower half.
Famous Figure: Kim Kardashian

4. Rectangular

Often referred to as “athletic,” this body shape has a straight line from shoulders to hips.
Famous Figure: Kate Hudson

5. Hourglass

An hourglass figure is defined by equal-sized shoulders and hips with a well-defined waist.
Famous Figure: Marilyn Monroe


Dressing to Flatter Your Body Type

Use these tips to make sure you are putting your most confident foot forward.

Round Body Type

If you have a round body type, be sure to dress in a way that is balanced and well-fitted. Don’t draw too much attention to your shoulders with embellishments. A well-fit but not skin-tight tailored top paired with a pencil skirt or straight-legged jeans will enhance your shape. A slim dress that hits just above the knee is another great option.

Inverted Triangle

With the inverted triangle, or V-shaped, body you want to accentuate your bottom half while drawing attention away from your shoulders. Avoid boat necks, bardot neckline, halter necks, and shirts with large straps as these will all make your shoulders look even larger. To bring more attention to your bottom half wear an A-line skirt or wide-leg trousers.


The pear shape needs to do the opposite of the inverted triangle. Instead of drawing attention downwards, they want to accentuate the upper half. Try to wear bright colors and printed patterns for tops. For the pear shape, the length of the shirts you wear is also very important. Be sure to have the hem of your shirt fall at the widest part of your hips. Wider necklines, boat necks, and sweetheart necklines will serve to widen the shoulder. Adding an extra layer to the top half, like a sweater or jacket on a cool day, will also serve to balance out the body.


For someone with a rectangular body, the key is to create an illusion of a waist. Belts are key to creating the cinched look. Try to stay away from straight jackets and trousers. Wear mid-rise jeans and a belt to accentuate the waist. Try to choose softer fabrics as they will look nicer under a belt.


For the hourglass, accentuating the waist is the main concern. Avoid loose, shapeless, and baggy clothes that will only cover up the natural shape of your body. Look for angled pockets on trousers as they will sit naturally more in line with the hips. Empire waist dresses and Peplum, tops are perfect for the hourglass figure.

Next time you go to your closet, give some of these tips a try. Remember, dressing is all about being confident. These tips are designed to help you accentuate your specific body type’s strengths but if these styles don’t work for you, don’t be afraid to try something else. Getting dressed every morning is about you and what makes you feel better and more confident.

Hopefully, these tips can help you do just that.

What is your favorite outfit? Do you already follow any of these tips? Let us know in the comments below!

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