Dressing Each Body Shape

Outfitting the Hourglass Body

The hourglass looks exactly as it sounds with a slimmer waist, full hips and a generous chest. This shape is well-proportioned and generally looks flattering from any angle. Those sporting an hourglass should lean towards garments that highlight natural curves and avoid anything boxy and shapeless, like a baby doll dress or oversized sweater. Classic celebs with an hour glass physique include Betty Brosmer, Jane Russell, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner and the sexy Marilyn Monroe. Modern hourglass celebrities include Scarlett Johansson, Salma Hayek, Kate Winslet and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Outfitting the Banana or Rectangle Body

A rectangle body is identified by its straight, vertical profile. The best styles for this shape include garments that are snug at the waist with a flared bottom. Rectangles should avoid tight fitting dresses and Empire waist style tops. Famous rectangle bodies include Anne Hathaway, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Rachel Hunter, Hilary Duff, Sheryl Crow and Spice Girl Melanie C.

Outfitting the Pear or Triangle Body

The pear body shape is very common and is identified by a wider hip region and narrower upper torso. Those sporting the pear look should search for fashions that help balance out the broader bottom. These are styles that will elongate your overall figure. Dark pants or jeans, A-line skirts and knee-length pencil skirts are ideal along with vibrant, exciting tops that grab attention. Don’t forget to add a lovely necklace to really pull the eyes up and away from the wider lower half.

Outfitting the Apple or Circle Body

Apple bodies look just like the fruit used to describe them. They tend to have a rounder stomach area. Women with this body shape as well as those who may be trying to shed post-pregnancy weight should seek out garments that are loose fitting in the middle to help conceal the broader girth. These should create a snugger fit elsewhere, such as in the arms. Always avoid tops that are waist cinched as well as high rise pants and belts. Celebrities with apple inspired bodies include Tyra Banks, Angelina Jolie, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rosie O’Donnell, Dolly Parton and Oprah Winfrey.

Outfitting the Tall Body

Tall women often find it difficult to locate garments that look good and fit properly. Most designs focus on average heights and may not have the extra inches you need to stay covered. If you fall into the tall body category, then focus on drawing attention to the waist. Wide leg jeans and pants are a great choice along with A-lines and layers. Famous tall bodies include Nicole Kidman, Lucy Lawless, Sigourney Weaver, Aisha Tyler, Octavia Butler and U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.