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You may have experienced the scenario of seeing this eye-catching outfit on display at the mall and mentally picturing how fabulous you look in it only to be disappointed when you actually try it on. This is mainly because the outfit you chose does not complement your body shape. It may be a challenge to figure out what kind of clothes would actually suit you.
Once you figure out your body shape, here are some ideas of which sort of outfits would complement your figure:
Apple body shape
As most of your weight is concentrated above the hips, it is best to stick to outfits that help you show off your strengths. An ideal choice is V-necked designer dresses for women as they help provide an illusion of an elongated torso. A-line or empire cuts would work well on this body type. Avoid figure hugging dresses and tops with skinny jeans as it will make you look bigger on the top.
Hourglass body shape
As this is a well-balanced type of figure, you should look for a dress that hugs you at your curves. Dresses that cinch at the waist will work well on this body shape. You can also afford to get some figure hugging dresses to accentuate your curves. Almost anything looks great on this body type but make sure you don’t ruin the look with loose blouses or pants.
Pear body shape
With the right kind of styling, the pear-shaped body type can be made to give an illusion of an hourglass. Wear outfits that enhance your lower body. Wide legged pants or A-line dresses and skirts paired up with ruffled blouses can help your upper body look great as well. Avoid skin fitting tops as it will highlight your narrow shoulders and wide hips.
Rectangle body shape
Focus on enhancing your arms and legs as they are your assets. Sleeveless, strapless and sweetheart lines will work really well on this body type. A-line skirts and layered tops will look great on this body type. Make note of avoiding dresses which are overarching as they can make you look bigger.
Inverted triangle body shape
This is an athletic body type where your shoulders are broader than your hips. Try to add definition to your hips. Straight cut jeans and dresses that have an inverted V-look are ideal for this body shape. As your hips are much narrower, pencil cut skirts and skinny jeans will work well with any type of top. It is best to keep the ruffles and other complicated styles at the bottom of your outfit while keeping the design on the top to a minimum.
Being aware of your body type and being informed of what suits you can help save time when you go shopping and prevent disappointments. You will also understand why an outfit does not suit you instead of wrongfully assuming you are out of shape or disproportionate.
With this information you can now head on to do some useful shopping and return with some outfits that end up looking really great on you.