When shopping for clothing, it is crucial to consider your body shape to find a dress that flatters your figure in the best way.
As we mentioned before [Article: How to choose the perfect T-shirt size], there are each five different body types for women (Rectangle, Pear/Triangle, Inverted-Triangle, Apple/Round, Hourglass) and men (Rectangle, Triangle, Inverted-Triangle, Rhomboid, Oval).
Knowing your body shape, you can find a suitable dress to show off your curve and disguise the excessive weight.
Women's Body Shapes
A rectangle body means that the width of your bust, waist, and hips are approximately the same. To create a curve, you can choose a dress that tightens the core and has a flared skirt. A dress with a defined waistband is also appropriate. We do not recommend boxy or straight dresses because they will not create curves but will exaggerate your body outline.
A triangle body, also called a pear-shaped body, is a body shape in which your hips and thighs are wider than your bust. You can choose a dress that draws attention to your upper body to balance out your body’s proportions. A dress with an off-the-shoulder neckline will be fabulous. We do not recommend dresses with a lot of detail around the hips and thighs.
An inverted-triangle body is an analogy that your bust and shoulders are broader than your hips. With this body shape, you could choose a dress with a fuller skirt to draw attention to your lower half. A ballgown could be fantastic. Avoid dresses that are too tight on your upper half or have a lot of details around the bust and shoulders.
A round body, or an apple body, indicates that your waistline is wider than your hips. To dress an apple body shape, choose clothing that draws attention away from your midsection, such as a V-neck top. Empire waist or A-line dresses are also excellent, as they will create a balanced silhouette. A dress with a lot of detail around the waist may not be a good idea.
An hourglass body features a narrow waist as well as an equally-wide hip and bust. Choose a slim-fitting dress, such as a mermaid dress, to show off your curves. Actually, you can choose whichever dresses you like since your body outline is already perfect!
Men's Body Shapes
A rectangle body shape signifies a flat body with equal widths in the waist and shoulders. Choose a top that tightens the waistline to create a slim waist illusion. You can also try a coat with an adjustable waist. Avoid suits or tuxedos that are too boxy, as they will not exaggerate the outline of your body.
A triangle body shape is a body with smaller shoulders and broader hips. To create a more balanced illusion, you are recommended to choose an outfit with structured shoulders and a clipped waist. A double-breasted jacket is also excellent for this body type. Try a more fitted cut when shopping for clothing, and avoid baggy outfits.
An inverted-triangle body shape features broader shoulders than the waist and hips. This body type is perfect in a slim-fitting outfit that shows off your outline. A single-breasted jacket or a three-piece suit can add some visual interest to your outfit. Avoid clothing with structured shoulders and overwhelmed printings around your upper body. They will emphasize your upper part and make the whole look off-balanced.
A rhomboid body is also called a diamond body type. It means you have a rhombic body outline, with a broader midsection than shoulders, chest, and hips. To dress a rhomboid body, consider an outfit with structured shoulders and wide straight pants. You may not want to select clothes with additional decorations around the waist because they will attract attention to your midsection.
The oval shape is very similar to the rhomboid. However, it is harder to distinguish the waistline than the rhomboid. The whole body outline is more like the letter “O.” Also, the chest and hips will be broader compared with the rhomboid body. With this body type, you can choose dark-colored outfits with a strengthened waistline. Avoid pants that are too slim or fitted since they will exaggerate the width of your hips and thighs.
In general, finding a suitable dress for your body shape will create a more balanced visual beauty. It is aimed to enhance your confidence by improving outer looks. If you are already confident with who you are and what you look like, just be yourself and wear whatever you prefer!
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