Shopping for a dress and not sure how to pick the perfect dress for you?
Then this article is made for you.
Every woman is beautiful. But this beauty is seen and appreciated only when you know how to emphasize the outstanding features of your body type and explore them for your advantage.
Looking good is not a game of nature, it is simply harnessing the gifts’ nature has given you to win the game of beauty every day, every time, everywhere.
Knowing your body type is the very first step in choosing the right dress. There are 10 common types of body shapes – The Straight Body Shape, Pear Body Shape, Apple Body Shape, Hourglass Body Shape, Oval Body Shape, Diamond Shaped Body, Top Hourglass Body Shape, Skinny Body Shape, Athletic Body Shape, and Lollipop Body Shape.
All these body types have particular kinds of dresses that are good for them. We would discuss the various body types and how you can identify them. If you find it hard to figure out your body type you can take a test on calculator.net/body-type-calculator
A: Identifying your body type
To identify your body type, you would need to take measurements of your body. You can get someone to assist you in taking measurements to get a more accurate result. This measurement will help you recognize your body type.
Take a measurement of your shoulders, make sure to get a notebook to write the measurement. Take a tape rule and measure from one point of your shoulder to the other to get the full shoulder measurement.
Do not slouch your stomach or pull it in, just stand as straight as you can. Measure the slimmest part of your waistline just right before your navel. Wrap the tape around your stomach and bring it back to where you first started.
In front of a mirror, stand straight and measure the fullest part of your bust. Place the tip of your measuring tip at one part of your breast, wrap it around your best to come back to the point you started from. Make sure the measuring tape is straight.
To get an accurate result, measure the fullest part of your buttocks. Do this in front of a mirror.
B: Body Types
After taking the measurement, you would use them as guides to determine which one of these body types you possess.
Common Body Types
- The Straight Body Shape
- Pear Body Shape
- Apple Body Shape
- Hourglass Body Shape
- Oval Body Shape
- Diamond Shaped Body
- Top Hourglass Body Shape
- Skinny Body Shape
- Athletic Body Shape
- Lollipop Body Shape.
1: The Straight Body Shape
Knowing your body shape is the first step you need to take to look your best at all times. Some clothes will suit you better if your shape is straight. Dresses that reveal your belly button, thighs and arms will enhance your body type and make you look even more beautiful if your shape is straight.
You have a straight body type if you have the same measurement for all sections of your body. Many models have straight bodies, so if your body type is straight, then you slay some dresses just like a model would.
If your body type is straight, then these choices of clothes would be perfect for you:
Flared tops and gowns
Flared tops and gowns will help reveal the shape of your shoulder and burst while it hides your waistline. Since the measurement of your waistline is the same as your burst, shoulder and hip measurement, you should choose a clothe that will not emphasize that.
Flared tops and dresses reduce people’s attention on your waist and hip.
Pleated/peplum tops and straight trousers or skirts
pleated tops and peplum tops would absolutely suit you if you have a straight body. Wearing a pleated or a peplum top on a pant trousers or skirt will help create an illusion that the upper part of your body is bigger than the lower part, rather than emphasizing that all the parts of your body are the same.
2: Pear Body Shape
If your shoulder and your burst size is small, and your hip size is larger, then you have a pear shape. To recognize your body shape as pear; your waist line will be well defined to reveal that hourglass shape at the lower part of your body.
If you have a pear shape, then it means that the upper part of your body is small in comparison with your hip area.
To look beautiful, you need to understand your body type and the clothes that will reveal your hip area and conceal your shoulder. If your body is pear or triangle shaped, then you should consider wearing these clothes:
High or turtle neck tops on straight skirts or trousers
High neck or turtle neck tops will give an illusion that your shoulder is wider than it is originally. When your shoulder appears wider, it will compliment your hip size and give you that hourglass look.
Corset dress and push up bras
Corset dresses and push up bras will enhance your burst size and make it seem equal to your hip size to give you that beautiful look that you would love to have every day.
Pencil skirt and gowns
Pencil skirts and gowns are straight cut clothes from top to bottom or from waist to bottom for skirts. These kinds of clothes will enhance your waistline and reveal your hips.
Other kinds of dress that would look good on you are: Maxi dress, Shift dress, A-line dress.
3: Apple Body Shape
Women with apple body shape have their shoulders broader than hips. Their waist is undefined and they have smaller hips. This body shape can also be described as a triangle upside down. If you have an apple body shape you should wear dresses that would shift the attention below to the lower part of your body especially the legs.
Flowy tunics will cover your hip area while leaving you with an elegant look. It would give an illusion of hourglass shape.
All kinds of midi dresses will also be appropriate for this body type. Both short and long dresses will do. You would also like dresses which have lighter middle part and darker sides.
A-line dresses are fitted right from the shoulders to the hips and they get wide at the bottom. This kind of dresses takes attention away from the waist and hips. Such dresses are perfect for apple body shape.
Other kinds of tops that would fit this body type are crop tops, deep V tops, boat necks, t-shirt etc.
4: Hourglass Body Shape
This is one of the most popular body types. Your body is curvy with your bust and hips well defined and balanced. The measurement of your bust and hips are almost the same. Dresses that are tight at the waist will be perfect for you, this will flaunt your curves.
Very fitted dresses will highlight your shape and bring you some ‘awe’ looks.
Tops with narrow necklines accentuate your shape. Tops with low necklines will also draw attention to your waist.
This kind of dresses will gorgeous on you.
5: Oval Body Shape
Your body is oval if your burst arae is wider than the other parts of your body. The midsection of your body will look full while your hips will be narrow.
These tops are free at the base they will look good with this kind of shape.
Tunic tops also look amazing on oval shape body.
6: Diamond Shaped Body
If your hips are broad and your bust is narrow then you have a diamond shaped body. Your hips will be in the same measurement with your shoulders. Your waist is not clearly defined.
Belted tops and dresses
This kind of dresses help to define your waist. Make sure to use wide colorful belts.
Flowy cuff sleeve tops
You would look gorgeous with this kind of dress if you have a diamond shaped body.
7: Top Hourglass Body Shape
The Top Hourglass body shape is just like the hourglass but with the top part a little bit bigger. If you have this shape. Your body type makes it easy for you to wear a wide variety of clothes.
All the cloth types for the hour glass body shape will also fit perfectly on you.
8: Skinny Body Shape
If your pelvis and your shoulder are of same size then you have a skinny body type. You would have a very light weight and most likely very flexible. This kind of body shape is easy to harness.
Balloon skirts conceal the buttocks and give you a better shape.
This jean will give you a cute and sassy look.
Wear push up and padded bras. Crop tops, bat winged tops, fluttered sleeves and balloon tops will also look good on you.
9: Athletic Body Shape
This body shape is characterized by well-toned muscles. Your curves will be well formed with strong and tight thighs. See clothes that will befit your shape below.
Wear short dresses with a belt on your waist. This will emphasize your shape and make you look very attractive.
This kind of tops will look amazing on you as they will reveal your well-formed and broad shoulders.
Tube tops will help your shape look more defined.
Flaunt your body type with wrap colorful or pattern wrap dresses. Everybody shape has its advantages, learn to identify the beauty features of your body shape and make sure to shop the perfect clothes that would enhance these features