How to Dress for Your Body Shape

By author photo Jenny Craig Team

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Bodies come in all shapes and sizes. We’re not all supposed to look the same and it’s normal and natural for us all to differ in our shape and for clothes to look different on different people. Learning about how to dress for your body shape is a really helpful way to help you boost your confidence and embrace your natural shape.

Here’s our tips on how to dress for your body shape when shopping for a new wardrobe, for three common body shape types:

Hourglass

An hourglass figure has similar sized bust and hips, and a smaller waist. How to dress for an hourglass figure means looking for tops with thicker straps, while accentuating your waist. Think high waisted jeans with a fitted top.

When you head out for dinner, wear a dress with a defined waistline, a-line skirts are always a good choice then add some va-voom glamour!

Pear

How to dress for your body type if you’re a pear (whose bodies are smaller on top) means drawing the attention up.

You can do that with a patterned/detailed top – like ruffles or a halter neck – and plain bottoms.

Need a dress to wear out? Go for a sleeveless style with a fancy full skirt.

Apple

Apple body shapes are fuller through the bust and middle, with narrower hips. Clothing that suits an apple can include ruching and control around the middle area. Keep details and embellishments above the bustline and below the hipline to draw attention to these areas.

For an evening out, opt for a dress that skims over your mid-section and isn’t clingy.

Ultimately, the best advice we have on how to dress for your body shape is to choose whatever makes you feel comfortable and confident. Then you can spend more time enjoying yourself and the company of others.

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