How to Dress for Your Shape

By Aniela / October 15, 2008

Today we're going to show you how to dress for your shape! Just because you're not a size 0 and 5'9, doesn't mean you can't wear the latest and hottest fashions. The most important thing that you can do when it comes to your body is to simply analyze it and then come to a conclusion. Look at your body as a whole and ultimately determine what shape you really are. Once you've figured that out, you can now start dressing for your shape. Don't put on skinny jeans just because they're the fad, since they might not look right on your shape. So here are 4 different shapes your body can do by – find out what yours is!

How to Dress for Your Shape


Apple shaped bodies are obviously round, therefore you might have a rounder middle. To take the focus off of your mid-section, wear an empire top with a V-neck that will pull the eye upward to the thinnest part of the torso. If you're proud of your legs, show them off in a short skirt or a hot pair of jeans and a high heel.empire top with v-neck


If you're larger on the bottom than on the top, wear darker bottoms and lighter tops. Pants that are cut full in the leg will help to conceal your junk. To draw attention to your better half, wear a top with structured shoulders or a tailored pants


Ruler shaped bodies have a straight physique and they require some curves. Cinch a dark belt around your waist or wear a ruched top to add some volume to your bust. You can also layer a shrunken jacket over a larger top to create dimension.cinched waist


You can emphasize your small waist in a fitted top. An A-line wrap dress will bring attention to your narrow middle, while skimming your hips and bust without accentuating them.  wrap dress

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Carol England
15 years ago

I am going to be 50 in Dec. I am having a family & friends private lunch. I am 5ft 1inch tall, size 6, blonde. what should I wear?

15 years ago

hi, aw do i dress for my type of body shape. i am 5ft 2inch tall, slim, busty with broad shoulders. i also have a small waist, and my hip is small. i could pass for a guy if not that am busty.

15 years ago

dear liz ,
you are perfect so wear what ever u like

15 years ago

i am 6ft tall .i have got hips and i am going 2 a party .i dont know what to wear

15 years ago

hi can u help me?coz i will attend the ladys fashion show this nov29,at 2pm not 5″2 inches 34 27 34 so what can i wear…its winter here

15 years ago

sounds great love these Ideas

15 years ago

hi guys, lm going for a weddling lm an hour glass and l have no idea wat to wear any ideas? i dont want to look too dressed up

15 years ago

i am 5’4, and i dont know what to wear on my body shapee. helpp.

14 years ago

OMG!!! I love these tips! They helped me out a lot!!! I was 358 lb. before and now im 152 lb.!!!!!!!!!!!!! im so happy!

14 years ago


14 years ago

umm what would my shape be i am 5ft 1inch and i have the breasts and but but my tummy and thighs are a little bit big wat would my shape be and what would best highlight my features

13 years ago

im 16 years old 5ft 3inches i have huge hips coz of which i have a heavy lower body. wat kind of dresses would make me look slim

Pedro Ferrer
12 years ago

Hey, gals. Ruler shape, size 7 over here. Mhmm. 😉

12 years ago

When does the advise start? 5ft and size 16-18, large boobs and large tummy, not much of a waist…maybe an ‘apple’ or expanded hourglass! Legs OK mostly, shapely …would love real-life suggestions.
People cater for Petite in small-mid sizes or large ladies but what if you combine both! Have googled like mad, lots of websites very little constructive real-life applicable advice…what an opportunity for someone..looking around town see LOTS ladies, apparently 1:4 size 18 now!