Dressing for Your Body Shape

2 Jul

Last week I described the four specific Body Types for you and I hope you were able to decide which one fits you best.  Now I am going to give you some tips for dressing your specific body type so that you will look more balanced.  These tips will help you to make your challenge areas appear less obvious.

Remember, we can’t dress for the body we hope to have so we have to dress for the body we have now.  Please don’t get hung up on the size on the tag.  It is just a number and if it bothers you, cut the tag out!  It is more important that you buy the size that fits and looks best on you.

If you are a “b” body type (you gain in your belly):

  • No belts around your waist
  • Don’t tuck in your shirt
  • Shirts and jackets should always cover the fullest part of your body
  • Wear v-necks
  • Accessorize at the neckline to draw attention away from your middle and toward your face 
  • Flat front pants (relaxed fit or full leg)
If you are an “o” body type (overly endowed):
  • Most important item is a proper fitting bra
  • Shorter length skirt that falls at knee to show off legs
  • Pants with a slight flare – not too wide leg (don’t want to look boxy)
  • Skinny belts
  • Prints make a full bust appear smaller (and a small bust appear bigger)
  • Camisoles should be a staple.  Leave the cleavage at home

If you are a “d” body type (derriere):

  • Pants with flared leg to balance the hips
  • Don’t want pants or skirts that hug your hips and thighs
  • No V-necks for you.  Should wear scoop or square necks 
  • Shoulder pads
  • Mid-thigh shapers
  • Accessories are a must!  Big earrings to draw attention upward

If you are an “x” body type (evenly balanced):

  • Goal is to stay balanced – not too sloppy or too sexy (don’t wear things too tight or too loose)
  • Straight leg pant
  • Fuller tops over skinnier bottoms and more fitted tops over fuller legged pants
  • Most styles look great on you but pay attention to your frame size
  • Draw attention to the center of your body
  • Colorful accessories to bring attention inward and upward toward face

These are just a few helpful tips to get you started on dressing your very best for your specific body type.  To learn more tips contact me about speaking to your women’s group, church or business or contact me to schedule your Personal Style Analysis.


2 Responses to “Dressing for Your Body Shape”

  1. Mona at 6:59 AM #

    Some of my best fitting clothes are the ones where I totally ignored the size tag! Great tips and I love your names for different body types! 🙂


  2. Cheryl Thomas at 6:02 PM #

    Great tips. Thanks for keeping us classy!


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