Fashion is all about dressing your body. If you know
your body shape — and every woman should — then
you will be able to find clothes that fit and flatter.
Determine and embrace your body shape
Body shape is all about proportion, and fashion is all
about dressing those proportions to look their very
When you think about body types, don’t focus on
height and weight… focus on shape. A slender gal
can have the same body shape as a curvy gal, just as
a short woman can have the same body shape as her
taller friend.
Each of us is unique — and our bodies are, too!
Nevertheless, our body shapes are generally
narrowed down to five general categories: pear,
wedge, rectangle, apple and hourglass. You might fall
into one category, or you might be a blend of two or
more categories.
Once you’ve determined your body shape, you can
begin to consider which fashion trends to embrace
and which to avoid. Spend some time in front of the
mirror and do a fair and honest assessment of your
body. Then put these fashion tips to work for you!

Pear body shape
Pear-shaped celebrities: Kim Kardashian, Eva
Mendes, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Katherine Heigl
Pear body traits: Your lower body is wider than
your upper body — in other words, your hips are
wider than your shoulders. Your bottom is rounded
and your waist is well-defined.
Your best assets: Shoulders, torso and flat
Your fashion goals: Emphasize your waist and
arms, add volume to your shoulders and upper
body and minimize your hips.
Dos and don’ts
If your body is pear-shaped like Kim Kardashian’s,
then you want to minimize your lower half and focus
attention upward.
DON’T wear clothing that draws attention to hips
and thighs, such as cargo pants or print skirts.
DO try a-line skirts, which camouflage wider hips.
DO keep hems of pants, skirts and dresses wide to
balance the hips.
DO experiment with light-colored tops and dark-
colored bottoms for contrast.
DO look for boat neck tops, square and cowl
DO wear strapless dresses to show off arms and
even out proportions.
DO try styles with ruffles on top.
DO wear jackets that hit right above the waist.
DO opt for pointy-toed shoes to elongate your legs.

Wedge body shape
Wedge-shaped celebs: Naomi Campbell, Demi Moore,
Renee Zellweger, Teri Hatcher
Wedge body traits: Also known as the inverted
triangle, this body shape features a broad chest and
wide shoulders which are large in proportion to a
narrow waist and hips.
Your best asset: Your legs
Your fashion goals: Accentuate your lower body
while softening your shoulders and upper body.
Dos and don’ts
If you have a wedge body like Audrina Patridge’s,
then you want to draw attention downward to the
narrower parts of your body, such as your waist and
DO wear bright colors on bottom.
DO wear wide-leg pants.
DO wear full skirts.
DON’T wear spaghetti-strap tops.
DON’T wear boat neckline tops.
DO wear tops that call attention to your waistline.
DO experiment with high-waisted styles.
DO look for clothes that create the illusion of a

Rectangle body shape
Rectangle-shaped celebs: Natalie Portman, Cameron
Diaz, Kate Hudson, Hilary Swank
Rectangle body traits: The waist, hip and
shoulder widths are similar and are usually on the
slim side. Slender rectangles have an athletic look
about them.
Your best assets: Your arms and legs — and you
don’t have to minimize any body features.
Your fashion goals: Create curves and show off
slender legs and arms.
Dos and don’ts
If your body is rectangle-shaped like Natalie
Portman’s, then you want to create curves where
they don’t necessarily exist.
DO wear scoop neck and sweetheart tops to create
DO wear long jackets to create a lean look.
DO wear tops with collars, ruffles and details to
flatter your chest.
DO wear a good bra that will make the most of what
you have.
DON’T wear overwhelming styles.
DO layer to add more dimensions.
DO wear dresses with ruching. Cinches on sides are
DO have fun with colorful bottoms… feel free to

Apple body shape
Apple-shaped celebs: Drew Barrymore, Queen
Latifah, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Hudson
Apple body traits: Most of your weight
accumulates above the hips, which are narrow. Your
back, ribs and shoulders are broad, and you may
feel wider than other body types.
Your best asset: Those legs!
Your fashion goals: Elongate the torso, show off
your legs and use fashion to create the illusion of a
Dos and don’ts
If you have an apple-shaped body like Jennifer
Hudson’s, then you want to elongate your midsection
and create the illusion of a smaller waist.
DO go for monochromatic looks.
DO go for v-neck tops to create the illusion of a
longer torso.
DO wear a bra that offers good lift and support.
DO wear belts at the smallest part of your waist.
DO conceal tummy bulge by wearing empire tops
and dresses.
DO wear boot cut and flared jeans to create an even
line from the shoulders down.
DO wear shorter skirts to show off your legs and
draw attention away from your midsection.

Hourglass body shape
Hourglass-shaped celebs: Beyonce, Salma Hayek,
Scarlett Johansson, Halle Berry, Vanessa Minnillo
Hourglass body traits: Your shoulders and hips
are similar in proportion and set off by a tiny waist.
Your best assets: Curves, curves, curves!
Your fashion goals: Show off your curves…
without going overboard.
Dos and don’ts
If your body is hourglass-shaped like Beyonce’s, then
you’re a lucky girl! Your shape is all about tastefully
showing off those curves: not too baggy, not too
DON’T hide your curves with baggy clothing.
DO wear a good bra and showcase your bust.
DO wear fitted dresses.
DO wear a belt at the waist to enhance your
hourglass shape.
DO try wrap dresses.
DO go for high-waisted skirts to show off your hips.
DO pick thin, lightweight styles and fabrics.
DO wear skinny or straight leg jeans.

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