From Curvy to Rectangle: How to Dress for your Body Type

From Curvy to Rectangle: How to Dress for your Body Type

Today we're celebrating our different body types! Ever wondered why that dress you saw at the mall looked so gorgeous on the mannequin but didn’t look good on you when you tried it on? Well, shopping is sometimes easier if you know your body type.

Most women fall into one of four categories: apple, pear, hourglass, and rectangle. We've compiled a short guide on how to dress to compliment your body shape. 

  • Apple (thick around the middle)

    If you're an apple, you tend to gain weight around the middle and have a slim lower body. Celebrities like Gabourey Sidibe or Angelina Jolie represent opposite sides of the apple spectrum. You can minimize your midsection by highlighting your shoulders and legs. Try clothes that are loose fitting around the midsection and more fitted elsewhere. A swing coat or our Elorm top will be really flattering on you.

    Gabourey Sidibe and Angelina Jolie

    • Pear (larger at the bottom)

    If you're a pear like the "unapologetic" Rihanna or "hips don't lie" Shakira, your shoulders and torso are generally narrower than the hips.You can elongate and balance your figure by accentuating your top half. Our Akorsun dress will be perfect in achieving this look. Dark pants are also a great way to slenderize the thighs while creating a longer and slimmer silhouette. Structured tops like our Baroque Rose Jacket will help even out your proportions.

    Shakira and Rihanna

    • Hourglass (curvy)

    If you're an hourglass like Queen Beyoncé or the infamous Kim Kardashian, you're curvy with a tiny waist. You can highlight your curves by emphasizing your waist. Try pants that sit at the natural waistline, crop tops or pencil skirts, these are great at drawing the eye to a thin middle. V necks and wrap dresses are super flattering to your bust, and the wrap detail highlights your curves.

    Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian

    • Rectangle (straight up and down)

    If you're a rectangle like actresses Gabrielle Union and Zoe Saldana, opt for styles like our Ofeibea skirts and Yopa skirts that fit snugly at your middle but flare out at the bottom to create curves.  A nipped-in blazer also creates a waist and the appearance of fuller hips.

    Gabrielle Union and Zoe Saldana

    What's your body type? Let us know in the comments below!

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