Dressing For Your Body Shape

What we wear and how we look is an inseparable part of our life, whether it’s corporate or casual, or party. In today’s world, being fashionable comes down to self-love and being comfortable in your own skin. Looking good comes from feeling good and confident. There is no standard body shape and size anymore. As women, we have different body shapes and sizes that are distinctive in their own way, which makes all of us unique.

Basic body shape guide

The struggle with finding clothes that fit you well often comes due to not knowing what works best for your body shape. The most important thing in today’s world of body positivity is to accept and celebrate ourselves whether it’s about our body shape or our skin color. 

All outfits are not designed to bring out the best in every type of body shape. It’s important to determine your body shape and understand what flatters your body shape. Here are a few tips to dress up according to your body shape, that can bring a smile of confidence to your face and let you step out with your best foot forward always.

Determine and dress as per your body shape

Knowing your body shape gives you the ability to pick cuts and silhouettes that are the most flattering for you.

Pear Body Shape:

A pear-shaped or triangular-shaped body generally has a waist wider than the bust. In this body shape, your lower body: hips, thighs, and sometimes your behind is more noticeable in comparison to your upper parts. This is one of the most common body shapes for Indian women – in fact, 60% of Indian women are pear-shaped! 

Handy style guide for the pear shape body

How to dress for the pear-shaped body?

If you have a pear-shaped body, opt for something that can highlight your upper body and reduce the attention from the lower body. 

Have detailing on your upper half with ruffling, beading, or collar. Wear wide necklines such as cowl, sweetheart, or V-necklines. You can also add a scarf or jewelry which will keep the attention on your upper body. Wear dark-colored bottoms such as navy, black, grey, or brown. Also, a knee-length or A-line skirt/dress would be a great pick for you.

Celebrities, who have pear-shaped bodies, are Jennifer Lopez, Malaika Arora Khan, Ileana D’Cruz, Shakira, Michelle Obama, etc.

Apple Body Shape:

An apple-shaped or circular-shaped body generally has a heavier upper body with less of a defined waistline. Though your upper body may be on the heavier side, your legs would be slimmer in comparison.

A handy style guide for the apple shape body

How to dress up the apple-shaped body?

If you belong to this category, you are blessed to have a curvy figure and just need to know what works for those curves!. Opt for outfits that add vertical integrity to your body with features such as V-neckline, square or off-shoulder neckline. Jackets or other kinds of layering are also a good way of adding length and working with your curves. Choose clothes that take attention away from the middle section of the body. Wear textured fabric vs clingy fabric.  

The celebrities, who have apple-shaped bodies, are Huma Qureshi, Sonakshi Sinha, Adele, etc. 

Straight Body Shape:

For straight or rectangle-shaped bodies, your bust/shoulders will generally be equal to your hips with a less defined waistline.

A handy style guide for the straight body shape

How to dress up the straight-shaped body?

If you have a straight-shaped body figure, it is totally up to you what body area you want to highlight. Bring focus to your waist with a wide waist belt. 

With this body shape, opt for tunic style tops, A-lines, ruffles, big pockets, and massive buttons. You can also go for 3/4th sleeves. Experiment with square, scoop, and V-neckline.

Celebrities, who have straight-shaped bodies, are Anushka Sharma, Cameron Diaz, Taylor Swift, Shruti Hassan, etc. 

Hourglass Body Shape:

The hourglass or balanced-shaped body is where hip and bust measurements are usually equal, with a narrow waist. In such a body shape, the body looks curvier and you have a well-defined waistline.

A handy style guide for the hourglass body shape

How to dress up the hourglass-shaped body?

If you have an hourglass-shaped body, fitted outfits are perfect to highlight your curves. You can opt for A-line or pencil-fit skirts. Also V-neck, halter, sweetheart, or scoop necklines work well.

If you want to downplay your curves, dark-colored, and vertical striped outfits are a few options.

Celebrities, who have hourglass-shaped bodies, are Priyanka Chopra, Bipasha Basu, Beyonce, Katrina Kaif, etc. 

Strawberry Body Shape:

A Strawberry-shaped body or an inverted triangle is opposite to that of a pear-shaped body type with a wider upper body than a lower body. This kind of body shape tends to have heavier and broader shoulder lines with a leaner hip and waistline.

A handy style guide for the strawberry body shape

How to dress up the strawberry-shaped body?

If you have a strawberry-shaped body, opt for something that can accentuate your hipline with designs that include a wrap, a peplum, A-line, and flared bottoms. Vertical stripes or various necklines such as bateau, V-neck, or scoop necklines work well!

You can include waisted-fitted jackets, or shrugs with flared cut in your wardrobe.

Celebrities, who have strawberry-shaped bodies, are Miley Cyrus, Nargis Fakri, Angelina Jolie, Athiya Shetty, etc.  


Knowing what kind of body shape you have and what flatters you is empowering, coz now you can make your clothes work for you instead of you working for your clothes. Use these tips to experiment and start having fun with fashion!

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