The Best Styles of Dress for Each Body Type

Understanding your body type gives you a huge advantage when clothes shopping. Knowing how to dress for your body shape helps you tell right away what will look best on you. Finding a dress that fits perfectly can seem like winning the jackpot – but the reality is that finding the ideal clothing becomes a lot easier once you know your body type.

Generally speaking, there are 5 main body types for women: apple shaped, pear shaped, hourglass shaped, inverted triangle shaped, and rectangle shaped.

Apple Body Shape

Apple Body Shape

Ladies with this body shape should aim to highlight the shoulders and the legs. A dress with a deep V neckline can be ideal, as it creates the elongated illusion of the torso. A shift dress can also be a good option, as most women with this body type have shapely legs. Don’t be afraid to opt for a shorter dress to highlight them. Add in flared bottoms to the mix if you want to further draw attention away from your midsection.

Hourglass Body Shape

Hourglass Body Shape

For this type of body, having a “well-balanced” dress is necessary in order to make sure that the outfit showcases all of your lovely curves. Opt for dresses that cinch at your waistline. Belted sweater dresses as well as wrap dresses are also a good choice, as are A-line dresses. Waist belts are a great accessory for this body type, as are necklaces. Both draw attention to the upper body and highlight your curvaceous feminine figure.

Pear Body Shape

Pear Body Shape

Belted dresses can be an ideal choice for women of this body type, as they are able to showcase the waistline. Ruffled tops or dresses with patterns enhance the upper body and help create the illusion of an hourglass shaped figure. If you still need some additional options, wrap dresses also help put the spotlight on the highlights of a pear-shaped body.

Rectangle Body Shape

Rectangle Body Shape

This body type is well balanced, being mostly straightforward in terms of silhouette. Ruffled and layered tops and necklines are a good choice, as they highlight the upper body. While sleeveless dresses and strapless dresses look good on these body shapes, so too do blazers and light jackets. To really put the cherry on top, add a belt to the mix to create a more pronounced waistline.

At Scout & Molly’s of Paoli, we have plenty of options to assist you in finding the ideal outfit for your body type. If you’re still unsure as to how to dress for your body type, let our in-store stylists help you. Our team of fashionistas is here to provide you with the personalized shopping experience you deserve and to offer expert advice on how to upgrade your wardrobe.


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