The Mod Bod: Outfits that Fit Your Body Shape

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Miscommunication between silhouette and style will murder a look.  It is important to know your body shape and what kind of garments suit you best.  Every shape is beautiful and deserves to be dressed to the nines the correct way.  Get in tune with your body and identify your look.  Then scroll down to find example dresses and outfit suggestions that will find you most flattering!

In order to truly define your body shape, look in the mirror for close to a minute.  Pull back your shirt/dress as tight as it can go, and trace your silhouette with your finger.  Take a peek from all angles!

 The Rectangle

A Rectangle lady is straight up and down, but not always having the boyish chest to match.   Even if you may crave some curves, lots of women would kill for this shape because you can get away with most looks.  There is no area that you want to minimize, but rather create an illusion of curves that can be done with the right clothing.

Rectangle Dresses

Rectangle Outfit

Dresses:

  • Bias cut and shift dresses with shape.
  • Any skirt style will flatter your figure.
  • Halternecks look great on you.
  • If you're busty, try a lower neckline.  If not, go for a higher neckline and show off your back and legs instead.
  • Avoid very straight dresses, they won't create any curves for you.  Also, dropped waists will make you look more boyish.

Skirts:

  • A-Line skirts will give a more girly silhouette.
  • You probably have great legs, so show them off in a shorter skirt.
  • Wear pencil or tulip skirts to create a curve.
  • Jumpsuits are a great alternative.
  • Avoid full skirts...they'll put you out of proportion.  If you are tall beware of the "not-long-enough" maxi.

Tops:

  • Frills, ruffles, or bows might sound tacky at the moment, but will add volume to your chest and be very flattering on you.
  • Round and high necklines.
  • Spaghetti straps and racer back tanks.
  • Avoid sweetheart necklines if your bust is small, crop tops and shrugs--they'll elongate your torso and make you look disproportional, and baggy tops/tunics won't do much for your waist.

Jeans and Trousers: 

  • Skinny/slim leg.
  • Styles that have details on the hip.
  • Linen trousers that have flow to them.
  • Tuck your tops into your trousers to create more of a waist.

Outerwear:

  • Sharp, tailored jackets.
  • Flared coats.
  • Choose styles that stop at the hip.
  • Keep your waist nipped in by using a belt.
  • Long lined cardigans with a tie belt will soften your shape while highlighting your waist.
  • Avoid slouchy jackets, dropped waists, boxy coats that are missing a belt.

The Pear

If you are heavier on the bottom--rounder hips, bottom, or thighs--than your upper torso, than congratulations!  You make up the majority of women.  You've probably got a fairly flat stomach, so make the most of your figure by shaping and structuring out above your waist.

Triangle Dresses

Triangle Outfit

Dresses:

  • A-Line dresses that skim over the hips.
  • A dress with an embellished bodice/lots of detail.
  • Shoulder details or spaghetti straps.
  • Strapless dresses.
  • Avoid tight/stretchy dresses that will make your bum look bigger, bias cut dresses, tiered and flouncy dress bottoms that will only add volume.

Skirts:

  • Styles that add VOLUME, either structured, full, or flowing.
  • Tulip skirts
  • A-Line
  • Maxis
  • Keep the emphasis on your top half...choose simple, feminine skirt styles.
  • Avoid tight pencil and body-con skirts, high-low skirts.

Tops:

  • Layer to create a top half that balances out with your bottom.
  • Colorful and striking necklines.
  • Kimono, puff, or bell sleeves will be flattering.
  • Avoid skinny lapels, small collars, plain polos, baggy tops.

Jeans and Trousers:

  • Wide leg, flat front trousers.
  • Boot cut/flared jeans.
  • Clean lines and muted dark colors. Creases will draw the line away from the hips.
  • Stay away from bright colors and bulky buttons.

Outerwear:

  • Go for wide lapels and structured shoulders.
  • Jackets/blazers should finish above the hipline.
  • Details such as faux-fur collars will look fab on you.
  • Voluminous sleeves to add balance to your silhouette.
  • Accessorize blazers and coats with brooches or scarves to keep the attention up top.
  • Avoid skinny lapels, funnel neck coats, slouchy shoulder/raglan styles.

The Apple

If you're an apple, you are pretty proportional, but tend to carry weight around your mid section, not having a defined waist.   Your legs can be fabulous as well as your bust, so make sure you show these best bits off and avoid adding volume around the middle.

Oval Dresses

Oval Outfit

Dresses:

  • Choose non-clingy fabrics that skim over your stomach.
  • Empire line and dresses cut on the bias will hide your mid section.
  • Maxi dresses that flare out or  a wrap style dress look amazing on you.
  • Look for dresses with embellishment, color, or other details around the neck or hem to draw the eye to either ends of your body.
  • Avoid shift dresses, bows, skinny belts, and any waistline detail.

Skirts:

  • Knee or calf lenght.
  • Bias cut.
  • Asymmetric skirts add interest.
  • A-Lines with a band of color around the hem.  A wider hem will minimze the waist.
  • Avoid tiers and ruffles--they'll only add volume, as well as tight, fitted skirts, and mini skirts (will make your body look too color blocked).

Tops:

  • Layer tops to streamline your shape and emphasize your bust as much as possible.
  • An embellished V-Neck or low neckline.
  • Sleeve details to draw eyes away from your stomach.
  • Avoid bulky knits, crew neck T-Shirts that are too baggy or too tight, never wear a top only buttoned part way down, crop tops.

Outerwear:

  • Structured blazers that fall at the hip to add definition to your torso.
  • Long coats will elongate your lines.
  • Jackets should ideally button below the bust.
  • V necklines that nip in at the waist to add shape.
  • For a slimming effect, leave jackets or loner coats left open.
  • Avoid boxy jackets that finish at the waist, "puff" jackets in the winter.

Jeans and Trousers: 

  • Semi low rise trousers will suit your shape.  Try to find a pair that have a vertical crease to lengthen your legs.
  • Boot cut or flared jeans will bring balance to your silhouette.  Wear them in a dark wash.
  • Choose fabrics that are forgiving and comfortable.
  • High pockets will perk up your butt.
  • When wearing leggings, make sure your rear is covered by an empire line tunic.  Try that look with some bold wedges.
  • Avoid tapered trousers, skinny jeans, high-waisted styles, pleats.

The Strawberry

If you're more top-heavy, than you're an "upside-down triangle" or strawberry.  Your shoulders are broader and/or your bust is bigger compared to your waist and hips.  There are many ways to balance out and soften your shape.

Inverted Triangle Dresses

Inverted Triangle Outfit

Dresses:

  • Fitted bodices with flared/ruffled/frilled skirts.
  • Asymmetric strap dresses.
  • V-Necks
  • Tunic dresses, cut on the bias.
  • Try teaming an A-line, strapless dress with a long necklace to draw the eye away fromt the shoulders.
  • Avoid off the shoulder dresses, frill/puff sleeves, dresses with fitted skirts.

Skirts:

  • Flared skirts to add volume.
  • Skirts that fall from the waist not the hip.
  • Skirts in a bold color or pattern or have texture.
  • Tulip and peplum skirts as an alternative to pencil skirts.
  • Avoid tight body/con skirts, pencil skirts, straight sarongs, floaty fabrics.

Tops:

  • One shoulder tops look fantastic on you.
  • Dark tops contrasted with bright pants for balance.
  • Wear cardigans opened.
  • V Necks to draw the eye downward on your body.
  • Stretchy fabrics that cover your body neatly.  If your bust is bigger, don't try to cover it up with tight fabrics.
  • Avoid puff sleeves/ruched shoulders (will broaden you), chunky knits, off the shoulder tops.

Outerwear:

  • Coats taht flare from the waist.
  • Single button coats.
  • Small lapels and collarless styles.
  • Waterfall collars will draw attention away from broad shoulders.
  • Avoid big lapels, shoulder pads, epaulettes, double breasted coats/jackets (will make your bust look bigger), cropped jackets with fitted bottoms.

Jeans and Trousers: 

  • Bootcut, wide leg, or flared.
  • Light colored trousers.
  • If you think your legs are great, then wear skinny or slim leg jeans.  Just play down your lower half when you wear them.
  • Avoid tapered trousers, high waist, leggings, short-shorts.

The Hourglass

If you're a curvy hourglass girl you go in at the middle, having a fuller bust or bottom that contrast a smaller waist.   Feel lucky to have this sexy shape and please don't drown it in baggy clothing or overly sexy clothing (unless you're after something). Hourglass Dresses

Hourglass Outfit

Dresses:

  • Wrap dresses that tie at the waist.
  • Scoop, sweetheart, or V necklines.
  • "Fit and flare."
  • Strapless dresses.
  • If your upper arms are fuller, wear a shrug with a strapless or sleeveless dress.
  • Avoid empire lines, frills and bows at the bodice, skip tight skirt styles if you're heavy at the bottom.

Skirts:

  • Skirts that fall from the waist rather than sitting at the hip.
  • Pencil skirts and A-line.
  • Full circle 50's skirt.
  • Knee lengths work better than a maxi.
  • Team a full skirt with some peep-toe heels to have a Marilyn Monroe moment.
  • Avoid tight skirts, high-low, flouncy numbers that hide your curves.

Tops:

  • Low halternecks.
  • Square neck lines.
  • Fitted cardigans with the buttons undone.
  • Vertical stripes to lengthen a short torso.
  • For floaty tunic tops, belt it!
  • Avoid baggy T-shirts, sweatshirts, bulky details, straight tunics.

Outerwear:

  • Belted coats and trenches.
  • Cropped jackets to enhance curves.
  • Fitted blazers that button under the bust.
  • Avoid shapeless styles, boyfriend jackets, drop-waist coats.

Jeans and Trousers: 

  • Wide leg pants to emphasize waist.
  • Bootcuts and flared jeans to balance the hips.
  • If your thighs are slender, give slim legs a try.
  • Avoid the muffin top with spanx.
  • Avoid skinny jeans if you have bigger thighs, jeans that are too slouchy in the butt, and no cargo shorts.