The only person who really knows what looks best on you is you, but sometimes it helps to have some general guidelines on how to dress for your body type. Styles are always changing, and sometimes it’s hard to know how to fit trends and classics into our daily look. At YBFF, we want you to look and feel your best – outfitted with pieces that show off your best self. And rest assured, there is a right look for everyone! No matter your style or size.
You might be pear-shaped if . . .
your waist is wider than your bust, your shoulders are narrower than your hips, and your hips and rear are fuller.
Curvy women should reach for clothing with proportions that make the body look longer. So statement tops, especially those that are fitted or have more structure look, are great on this body type. Reach for V-necks, bell-sleeves and cowl necks- all of which will draw attention to your narrow waist. Dark-colored bottoms pair best with statement tops and look great on pear-shaped curves. Bootcut and classic trousers help elongate your frame and keep you looking proportioned.
As for dresses, follow the same rules as those for tops. Reach for items that have embellished necklines, dramatic sleeves, or belted waists. Any way to accentuate your neck, collarbone, and shoulders is a win. Since you’re looking to elongate your frame, seek dresses like the midi or maxi. The length of these dresses tends to work better than mini dresses.
Most importantly – don’t forget to have fun! Statement jewelry, accessories, and a chunky heel all dress up your look and keep your outfits fresh.
You might be hourglass shaped if . . .
your body is curvy with a well-defined waist. Your bust and hip measurements are about the same, and you have a fuller bust and thighs.
Showing off your feminine shape is best done with fitted pieces that hit at the right length. Curves should be celebrated, and since your curves are about even (bust, hips, thighs), you have more freedom to play with fitted and more structured pieces. Look for wrap tops, V-neck tops, or peplums. When your tops are fitted they show off your narrow waist.
Your bottoms look best when the inseam is a regular (not cropped) length. Try high-waisted flares, stretchy skinny jeans, or leggings to show off the curves of your hips. Jumpsuits are also a great look, as long as there are no belts or large seams that detract from your waist. Wrap dresses, fit and flare, or high-low dresses also look great on curvy figures. And since your body is proportional, any length works!
Athletic Shaped –
you’re not really curvy, your shoulders and hip measurements are about the same, your waist isn’t very small or well-defined but falls straight up and down.
You can have an athletic build without being an athlete. It just means that your body shape isn’t curvy and proportions are about the same throughout. Your body type looks great in nearly everything, but that doesn’t mean you should wear anything. Generally, you should strive to balance your tops and bottoms. So if you go for a boxy or flowy top, more structured bottoms tend to work and vice versa. Balancing the two gives you a more put together look.
If you want to give your waistline some curve, choose tops that can tuck in or be worn with a belt. Furthermore, accentuate your natural curves with statement collars or low necklines. Don’t be afraid to emphasize your shoulders and back with halter, strapless, or high neck looks. Sleeve length is up to you – but chances are you won’t want a lot of structure since your shoulders are probably straight.
Decide which dresses to wear depending on your best features. To play up your thighs, wear minis or dresses with high slits. To play up your bust, wear dresses with plunging necklines or strapless. Any trouser length will work, but be sure to use your height as a consideration: Petite sizes tend to look best with flowy and wide-legged shapes paired with heels. Taller sizes can rock skinnies and flats with a crop top like no one else. Most importantly, have fun getting dressed and remember to wear what you feel comfortable in.
It doesn’t have to be confusing learning how to dress your body type. If you’re looking for a little extra guidance or just someone to bounce outfit ideas off of, reach out to a YBFF Stylist. They’ll work with you and help you find that perfect piece for your body shape. They’re here to answer your questions and inspire you!