‘Level up’ your style and ‘boost confidence’ by dressing for your body

Despite this, styling for each body type can be a difficult thing to achieve without proper measurements.

To help, the experts at Boohoo have shared the best styles for each body type.


The experts explained: “This body is characterised by the bust and hips being the same width and having bigger thighs, a rounded bottom, and a small waist.

“Around eight percent of women have an hourglass figure, making it one of the rarest body types.

“When looking at outfits to accentuate the body’s natural curves, high cuts and plunging necklines are essential. 

“Dresses that follow the body’s natural curves and cinch in at the waist are also a good choice for an hourglass figure and accessories such as belts can further highlight the waistline.   

“One famous icon with an hourglass figure is Kim Kardashian. Kim has been showing off her curves, and her swimwear and clothing brand, Skims, with solid colour bikinis that are cut high on the thighs and show off the bust with a triangle-style top.”

2. Pear

A pear body type is among the most common, with people having a small top which widens at the hips with a well-defined waist area and slim arms.

To accentuate the natural curves of a pear-shaped body, the experts recommended opting for frills and ruffles to add volume to the top and balance out the silhouette.

They noted: “A V or U-neck will draw attention to the cleavage and chest area, try pairing a detailed top half with a plain, solid colour on the bottom half when looking for colour and help harmonise a pear shape’s silhouette.  

“Pop star and businesswoman Rihanna has opted for an orange one-piece swimsuit before, that had a plunging neckline and was cut high on the thighs to show off her natural curves.”

3. Inverted triangle

Someone with an inverted triangle body shape typically has broad shoulders and a defined upper body.

This is a rare body type but one which often gets searched about regularly. Adding definition to the lower body is the “best way” to style this body “effectively”.

The experts explained: “Drawing attention towards the hips and legs is vital with this body shape. Celebs with this body shape include Victoria Beckham and Angelina Jolie who compliment their toned shoulders with A-line dresses and ruffles to look effortlessly chic. 

“Colour is also crucial. Dark, solid colours can accentuate the lines of this body type, especially when worn as the top piece. 

“This can be combined with patterns and bright colours on the bottom to help draw the eye. Adding volume to this body shape can be done by using ruffles on the bottom layer of dresses or at the waist of pants.”

4. Rectangle

Rectangle bodies often have shoulders and hips of similar width, with few curves around the waist and hips. This is a common body type and people with this body type often have small busts.

The fashion pros said: “Smaller busts are something to keep in mind when styling a rectangle body type, so padding to increase and enhance the bust is a good idea.  

“Like the inverted triangle, embellishments at the hips will help to accentuate the area and give definition to the waist. When paired with cutouts and line patterns, this can draw the eye and create a curvier silhouette.  

“Zendaya and Natalie Portman are examples of a rectangle body shape and have been seen on the red carpet wearing cinched waist dresses and tops to give definition.”

5. Apple

An apple body type features similar measurements across the bust, waist and hips with the waist having little definition.

This body type also boasts slimmer arms and legs, which should be accentuated when searching for clothes.

The experts noted: “A winning combination for an apple body shape is a monochrome colour scheme that trends toward darker colours like navy or black. Rebel Wilson and Mindy Kaling are examples of celebs with an apple body shape.

“Since the waist has a little definition with apple shapes, dresses or tops with panels, wraps, or tummy control will help to shape and define the waist area. Plunging necklines are also good as they draw the eye to the bust and make the torso seem longer.”

Following these tips and finding your body type will help to “level up” your style and help to find clothes to “boost confidence”.



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