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How to Dress For Your Body Type
12/26/2009

As you can see in the following diagram, there are 4 basic body types.

 

Body Shapes

Banana Body Description:

-You generally have an athletic body with toned arms.

-Rectangular shaped body.

-Your waist is less than 9 inches smaller than either your hip or bust measurements.

-Your upper body is proportionate to your lower body.

-Smaller bust size.

-Not much curve at your waist.

-Usually have great legs.


How to dress a banana shape: The goal of dressing the banana shape is to use clothing to give your body curves.

Do:

-Wear knee length a-line skirts.

-Chose jeans, pants, and skirts that sit below your waist.

-Look for tops with ruffles, large prints, or detailing.

-Wear a padded bra to add a cup size.

-Add fun necklaces and scarves to your outfit.

-Jackets with a cinched waist will give you more of an hour glass shape.

-Wrap dresses look wonderful on you.

Do Not:

-Don’t wear tight clothing that will accentuate your lack of curves.

-Stay away from vertical lines.

-Do not wear high waisted pants or skirts – these do not help create curves. Quite the opposite on you.

-Avoid wearing loose fitting tops and dresses. Remember the goal is to create shapes, not hide them.

-Jackets that end at your waist are not a good choice since they do not help to define your waist.

Celebrity Banana Shapes: Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Bosworth, Kate Hudson, and Keira Knightley.


Apple Body Description

-Inverted triangular shaped body

-The bust measurement is larger than the hip measurement.

-Large chest and bust for your frame.

-You carry most of your weight around your midsection.

-Usually have slim legs, hips, and bottom.


How to dress an apple shape: The goal of dressing an apple shape is to elongate your upper body, and define your waist .

Do:

-Pants and skirts with a flare will help draw attention to your lower body, balancing out your upper body.

-To elongate your body, wear longer tops that end over your hips. Pair this with pants that taper out.

-Wear darker colors on top, brighter clothes on your lower body.

-Chose wrap shirts and wrap dresses.

-V necked tops draw the eye in and away from your shoulders.

-Get fitted for a good bra that will let you look your best and show off your best assets.

-Belted jackets, dresses, and tops help your waist to look smaller.

-High heels help to elongate your body.

 

Don’t:

-Avoid tops with puffy sleeves.

-Pleated pants will only add inches to your waist.

-Pants that taper in towards your ankle should be avoided as they only make your top half look larger.

-Tops that are busy with a lot of detailing, or too tight should not be worn.

Celebrity Apple Shapes: Tyra Banks, and Dolly Parton.


Pear Body Description

-Triangular shaped body

-Hip measurement is larger than the bust.

-Wide hips and bottom.

-You carry most of your weight on your hips, thighs, and bottom.

-Usually have slender neck and shoulders

-Often have a flat tummy


How to Dress a Pear Shape: The goal of dressing a pear shape is to draw attention away from your hips and bottom, and emphasize your top half. This will help create balance.

Do:

-Wear brighter colors on top, and darker colors on bottom.

-Pants should be a straight leg.

-Chose tops that have ruffles, or interesting details to draw attention away from your lower body.

-Empire waist dresses are a good choice for accentuating your smaller top half, and hiding your wider lower body.

-A-line skirts are your best choice.

-Wrap dresses work well with your figure.

Don’t:

-Do not wear pants that taper in at the ankles. This will make your hips look even larger.

-Jackets that end at the widest part of your hips.

-Tuck in your shirts – this creates a boxy look with your shape.

-Pencil skirts should not be worn.

Celebrity Pear Shapes: Jennifer Lopez, Mischa Barton, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Kelly Clarkson


Hour Glass Body Description

-Classic Hourglass Shape

-The bust measurement is roughly the same as the hip measurement

-Your waist is about 10 inches smaller than your bust and hips.

-Your body looks proportionately curvy.


How to dress an Hour Glass Shape: With your well proportioned body, you need to find clothes that don’t add extra weight to your frame, and clothes that elongate.

 

Do:

-Pencil skirts.

-Wear a good support bra.

-V-neck tops (but not too low cut) will draw attention to your face.

-Wrap dresses will accentuate your beautiful curves.

-Short fitted jackets.

Tailored pants with slight flare at bottom.

Don’t:

-Wide belts

-Shapeless tops – they do not accentuate your waist, and add weight to your body.

-Empire dresses & tops.

-Short skirts will visually cut your body into small pieces.

-Baggy pants will only add extra weight.

Celebrity Hour Glass Shapes include Jessica Simpson, Kate Winslet, and Salma Hayek.

By Candace Anderson who can be found on her blog www.frugalmom.net/blog

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