Dressing for your Body Shape

Let’s face it everybody stores fat; we just store it in different amounts in different places creating some very different body shapes. For some people it’s around the middle forming an apple shape, others around the thighs and hips creating a pear shape.  Once we have decided what ‘shape’ we are we can dress accordingly to help disguise or emphasise the good and bad points of our body shapes.



  • Wear a really good bra.
  • Pick lower necklines, scooped or V neck to help accentuate length.
  • Choose wrap tops, or tops that have ruching on the sides or perhaps that have a knot at the front.  You want to choose tops with folds in good places to create curvature.
  • Look for tops that have lots of sleeve detailing to attract attention to your arms.
  • Wear longer tops, coming to just below your hipbone or lower.
  • Try tucking your top into a high waisted skirt or trousers to give yourself a girdling look.
  • Avoid trousers or skirts with pleats or gathers.



  • Emphasize your waist; the majority of pear shaped ladies have small waists so make it your focal point.
  • Aim for A-line style dresses and skirts.
  • Wear V necked tops as V necks elongate the neck and draw attention to your mid-section.
  • Wear eye catching colours on your top half, to draw the eye upwards.
  • Avoid tops with a length that ends at your widest section.
  • Tying scarves in vertical ways gives you a lengthening look.
  • Make sure you choose boot cut or flared hems on your trousers.
  • Avoid skirts with a bias cut.



  • Create flattering proportions by defining your waist and lengthening your leg line.
  • Choose tailored and fitted shirts.
  • Avoid high necklines and breast pockets.
  • Raglan sleeves are great for softening the shoulder line.
  • Select straight leg or skinny leg jeans and trousers.
  • Trousers with pleats on the waist can be flattering.
  • Try wearing belted shirts or tunics at the waist to follow the natural contour of your body.



  • Choose tops that show off your back, arms and shoulders as an alternative to cleavage.
  • Soft and billowing tops are excellent.
  • Try cargo pants or more slouchy trousers.
  • Choose A-line skirts with a high waist will look great.
  • Cropped trousers will look super on you.
  • Try baggy tops with a wide belt.
  • And fitted jackets that nip in at the waist.
  • Dresses and Skirts cut on the bias are super for creating curves.


If you are unsure ask, most good clothes stores will have staff who know how to style certain body types.