Fun Fashion. Real Style 19 Jun, 2024

StyleVitae Handbook: Dressing to flatter your body

One of the first formulas for building your dream wardrobe and finding your style is learning what fits perfectly on your body. 

This knowledge helps shorten the time you spend deciding to get a piece wondering if it's gonna look good on you or not because now you can select styles, clothes, designs, and fabrics that enhance your body's natural shape and proportions. 

The goal is to create a balanced silhouette that makes you look and feel confident and stylish. 

In this handbook, we'll be giving you a few tips on how to look more flattering in your outfits by understanding your body shape and choosing clothing that compliments it, as well as considering factors such as color, pattern, and fit.

Tips To Help You Dress For Your Body Type


1. Know Your Body Type

Knowing your body is the first block you should lay when starting to find your style, being more intentional about how certain clothing looks on you, and building your wardrobe. 

You just have to know it. 

By understanding your body well, you can make informed choices about clothing styles, cuts, and fits that enhance your best features and take focus away from areas you may be less confident about. 

For example, if you have an hourglass figure, choose clothing that doesn't hide your shape and make you lose the definition of your waist by going for well-fitted tops, dresses, skirts, high-waist jeans, and trousers that accentuate your curves.

If you have a pear shape, you might opt for necklines like off-shoulders, square necks, and bold necks that emphasize your upper body to balance out your hips. You could also play with patterns and colors to draw attention.

Understanding your body also helps you avoid styles that may not be as flattering, saving you time and effort when shopping for clothes. 

This is a simple explanation/examplesof different body shapes:

– Hourglass: Your shoulders and hips are roughly the same width, and you have a well-defined waist.

– Pear (Triangle): Your hips are wider than your shoulders, and you have a defined waist.

– Apple (Round): Your shoulders are broader than your hips, and you carry more weight around your midsection.

– Rectangle (Straight): Your shoulders, waist, and hips are all about the same width.

– Inverted Triangle: Your shoulders are wider than your hips, and you may have a less defined waist.


2. Your Hips and Thighs


Drawing attention to your hips and thighs or minimizing their appearance can be a strategic choice depending on your body shape and personal preferences. 

For Pear-shaped bodies, where your hips and thighs are wider than your shoulders and bust, you can wear bolder colored tops to emphasize your upper body and create a balanced silhouette.


3. Dress to Look Taller:

To look taller, you can play around with high-waisted skirts, and trousers because this helps make you look taller by giving the impression of a shorter torso and longer legs. 

Try tucking in your tops to help move your waist upwards. Also, try vertical stripes and huge prints for your tops as they will push the concentration to your upper body rather than your legs. 


4. Experiment with Silhouettes: 

 By trying on different silhouettes, you can see firsthand how they affect your proportions, allowing you to identify which styles are most flattering for your body.

 Don't be afraid to try new silhouettes and styles. You might be surprised at what looks great on you. Play with lengths of tops, skirts, and dresses, try mixing oversized and fitted pieces to see what it does on your body, and just have fun with it. 

5. Pay Attention to Details: 

Small details like seams, patterns, textures, and even hems can make a big difference in how your clothes fit your body like vertical lines making you appear taller, or diagonal lines adding curves to a straighter figure.

Also, get your clothes tailored as this allows you to personalize your clothes, making them uniquely yours and reflecting your style.



Dressing to flatter your body is not about conforming to strict rules or following trends. It's about embracing your shape and celebrating it with confidence and style. 

Remember, fashion is a form of self-expression, and your style should reflect who you are. So, go ahead and experiment with different looks, have fun with your wardrobe, and above all, be kind to yourself. Your body is unique, beautiful, and worthy of celebration, and your style should always reflect that.

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