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How to Dress for Your Body Shape

Audree Lopez is a New York City-based fashion stylist, editor and consultant. She also writes a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, Simply Audree Kate, considers herself a maximalist and loves thrift shopping, iced coffee and red lipstic...

The do’s & don'ts of dressing every body shape

Figuring out your body shape can seem like a daunting task. Also, categorizing yourself within a list of fruits and geometric shapes can seem a little outdated, limiting and, quite frankly, a little weird. But hear us out. Figuring out your body shape can ultimately help you save time shopping, getting dressed and asking yourself and everyone else, “Does this look good?”

We love that everyone looks different, has different body shapes and different personal styles because it makes fashion and clothing more fun; and below, we’re breaking down the five most common body shapes to help you figure out which one you most closely relate to. Are your hips wider than your shoulders? Great! That probably means you are a pear body shape. We also list out a few key closet essentials you should look at incorporating into the closet. These essentials will help you show off your best feature, like your legs, shoulders or waist.

1. Pear

The do’s & don'ts of dressing every body shape
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Description: Your hips are wider than your shoulders.

What looks great on you: Fit-and-flare dresses because they perfectly show off your smaller top half and the extra flare on the bottom is great for accentuating your curves. It will naturally focus attention on your curviest and most beautiful parts. Spaghetti straps or decorative straps and necklines work great on you too.

Other pear shapes: Beyoncé, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez

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2. Inverted triangle

The do’s & don'ts of dressing every body shape
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Description: Your shoulders and bust are wider than your hips.

What looks great on you: Fitted jackets, thicker straps/sleeves and voluminous skirts and pants work great because they will attract focus to your legs and slim down your shoulders.

Other inverted triangle shapes: Angelina Jolie, Naomi Campbell, Pamela Anderson, Jessica Alba

3. Rectangle

The do’s & don'ts of dressing every body shape
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Description: Your shoulders, waist and hips are roughly the same size.

What looks great on you: Skirts with ruffles, bows or embellishment details. Creating extra volume on one half of your body will help create the illusion that you have lots of curves. You can also do this by adding waist belts over your dresses or wearing high-waisted jeans.

Other rectangle shapes: Cameron Diaz, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow

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