How to Dress for Your Body Shapes

6:45 AM

You don't need fistfuls of cash to look fab - you just need to know your body.

I've been studying in London this semester to be a personal shopper and stylist, so I've learned a lot about different body shapes and how to dress them appropriately. This is one of the most common questions we get here at CF, and while we've written a slew of posts on this subject, you guys always seem to want more. So I'm here to help you out.

Of course every body is different (as are your goals for how you'd like to look), but I divided the rules into five basic categories based on what I've learned at London College of Fashion and through my internship as a personal stylist. Scroll down to see the suggestions:

Hour Glass

This is the most common body shape. The shoulders and hips are nearly in proportion, and the waist is tucked in. Your waist is the smallest part of you, and it's fun to accentuate it! You can do this by wearing fit and flare shapes, body con shapes, belting sweaters and cardigans, and wearing high-waisted trousers and skinny jeans.


Most women think they're a pear, but it actually makes up the smallest percentage of body shapes. Pears have an obvious smaller frame on top and a relatively small waist, and larger hips and bottom. An example of this would be a woman who wears a 6 on top, and a 10 or even a 12 on the bottom. Create balance by wearing volume-heavy (but fitted) tops and glitzy accessories. Leave colors on bottom simple to keep proportion in check.

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