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How to Dress for Your Body Type

Updated on July 27, 2014

Shape Your Body: The Natural Way

Unfortunately we live in a world that values our outer appearance. I’ve never bought into this idea and I’ve been taught my whole life that it’s what is on the inside that counts. After giving birth to two beautiful children, I’ve come to terms with my new body but a big part of me still wants to look nice and I’ve never been one to hide in the clothes I wear. So how to shape your body without going on an extreme diet and exercise plan and without taking strange and expensive pills? I’m sharing tips on how to shape your body and how to dress for your body type, using only clothing and garments and easy daily lifestyle choices because we all deserve to look our best.


Four Body Shapes for Women

  1. Straight (rectangular). The most common body type for women is rectangular shaped. The hips and bust on straight shaped are often very similar.
  2. Pear-shaped. This body type means you have a larger waist and smaller bust.
  3. Apple-shaped. This body type means you have a heavier bust and smaller waist.
  4. Hourglass. The bust, hip and waist ratio are even.

How to Dress for Your Body Type: Getting Started

The first thing you need to do in order to shape your body is to think of things you can do daily to get you looking and feeling your best.

  1. Drink lot’s of water everyday and drink water with your meals instead of juice/pop/milk/beer ect. Water will not only keep you hydrated, but by replacing your juices and pops with water, you will feel (and look) less bloated.
  2. Cut out the sugar and use natural sweeteners like maple syrup, agave nectar or fruit juices. It’s amazing how much better you feel after getting over the highs and lows of sugar.
  3. Cut out the sodium. More sodium (salt)= more bloating. Try choosing low-sodium foods or better yet, try making your own food and snacks to cut down on sodium-high processed foods.
  4. Eat more veggies. Veggies contain lot’s of fiber. More fiber=a healthier you.

Dressing for Your Body Type

Body shapes for women
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Dressing for Your Body Type

There are plenty of things you can do daily to help you look and feel more healthy, but one of the most visible ways you can change your physical look is to use clothing and garments to work in your favour. Figuring out how to get rid of belly fat takes time, but we all know that time is precious and not all of us have a lot of time. Especially when you have an event or special occasion coming up and just no time to lose weight.

How to Flatter Your Body

  1. The first thing you need to do is to figure out what your body type is. Do you have a straight (rectangular) body, a pear shaped body, an apple shaped body or an hour glass body?
  2. Find clothing that fits and flatters your body type.
  3. Your undergarments can be your secret weapon to hiding lumps and bumps. How to flatten your stomach in minutes? Get a high quality corset or body shaper.

Dressing for Your Body Type

There are definite do’s and don’ts of dressing for your body type.

Also, it’s always a good idea to familiarize yourself with some basics such as dress cuts, to emphasize your best features and to shape your body in a way that is flattering.

Body Shapes for Women: What to Wear

Body Type
What to Wear
Emphasize your shoulders, torso and arms and not draw attention to your waist and hips.
Light coloured tops and dark coloured bottoms; Strapless dresses, boat neck tops, square and cowl necklines (to emphasize shoulders and torso)
Draw attention to your arms and legs and create curves
Scoop neck tops; collars/ruffles/ruching tops to accentuate your curves.
Focus on and accentuate your legs and lower part of your body.
Wear bright coloured bottoms; wide legged pants; high waisted styles
Show off your curves
Wear high waisted and fitted dresses (don’t hide your body in baggy clothes)



Types of Body Shapers: Which One Suits You?

  • Apple-shape: A camisole or body suit that focuses on bringing in the stomach will help give the appearance of a more curvy figure.
  • Rectangular/Straight shape: a full body suit that pushes up the chest, tucks in the midsection, and accentuates the hips and rear. This will give you curves.
  • Pear-shape: briefs, shorts, and capris to tighten up the hips, thighs, and buttocks.
  • Hourglass: A camisole, regular body suit, and a full body suit can bring in the waist to create the hourglass shape.

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Body Shapes for Women: Problem Solved by Shapewear

Body shapers are meant to re-shape a figure by hiding imperfections. Shapers tighten certain areas of your body. These garments flatten the stomach, reduce the size of thighs, hide bulges, push breasts up and generally give you a slimmer and more shapely figure. Body shapers, also known as shapewear, are made with thick, stretchy material such as spandex, nylon, or Lycra. It's kind of like having a magic wand that you can use on the parts of your body that you wish were smaller or curvier or flatter. Who wouldn't want this kind of magic in your life? The downside of shapewear is the uncomfortableness of wearing a garment that compresses your body. I guess that's why they say beauty is pain. The higher quality shapers will be less uncomfortable because the material will be breathable.

The first shapewear garments appeared in the form of corsets. Corsets were used during ancient times and one of the most well-known corset designs was made in the 16th century. The corsets were made with whalebone to force the body into an hourglass shape and they laced in the back or the front to allow for size adjustments.

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    • manicuregirl profile image

      Sarah 3 years ago from Canada

      This is such a great piece Healthy Gurl! I agree that every woman should know how best to dress her body. Great tips.

    • LindaSarhan profile image

      L Sarhan 3 years ago

      Interesting and helpful information.