In the midst of ever-evolving fashion trends, knowing how to dress while flattering your body type might as well be the very first step in creating your own personal sense of style. Body type is all about biological proportion and measurement, while fashion is essentially about finding pieces of clothing that best fit the body’s natural proportion. Understanding body type has less to do with measurements such as height and weight, and has more to do with the actual shape your body.
Pear Body Shape
Generally, having a pear shape means that the lower part of your body is relatively wider than your upper body. More specifically, the dimensions of your hips are wider than your shoulders. People with pear-shaped bodies have rounded bottoms and well defined waists. Among the best known pear shaped-celebrities include Kim Kardashian, Eva Mendes and Katherine Heigl.
Avoid wearing cargo pants and print skirts as these tend to draw attention to your hips and thighs. Instead, try wearing an a-line skirt to camouflage wider hips. It is also ideal to keep the hems wide as this tends to balance your hips. Try experimenting with light coloured tops and dark coloured bottoms. It is also a good idea to wear strapless dresses as these dresses show off your arms and even out your body proportions. Wearing pointy shoes also helps create the illusion of longer legs.
Hourglass Body Shape
The hourglass body shape is the simply the single most desired body type as it is the creme de la creme of female beauty. People with an hourglass body often have their shoulders and hips, which come in alluring proportions, set off with a tiny waist. The best asset of people with an hour glass body is usually their irresistible curves that outline their big breasts, slim waist, and curvy hips.
If you have an hourglass body like Beyonce or Scarlett Johansson, it is easy to tastefully show off without giving away all your curves. It is always a good idea to wear a good bra to showcase your prominent chest. You can also wear a belt around your waist to enhance you hourglass silhouette. As for dresses, fitted dresses and wrap dresses are always classy choices. As for your bottoms, go for skinny and straight leg jeans and high-waist as these embrace the natural curves of your hips.
People with a rectangle body shape are usually on the slender side. Their waist, hip, and shoulder are often slim and proportional. People who have rectangular frames like Natalie Portman, Cameron Diaz, and Kate Hudson tend to have a sporty look about them.
If you are among those who a rectangular frame, then you would want to use clothing that would soften your body. General rule of thumb when choosing an outfit is to avoid adding more squares and straight lines as these pattern tend to make you look boxy. Instead, complement your natural lines with rounded hemlines and ruffle details. A good bra also helps you accentuate your chest. Go for scoop neck and sweetheart tops as these make you appear curvier. Long jackets on the other hand help you achieve a leaner look. You can also layer your clothes to create more dimensions to your outfit.