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Figuring out how to dress your body type can be quite unnerving. This is particularly the case when you are not aware of your body shape. Identifying your body type is the key to dressing well as it well helps you save time shopping and dressing. Different body types require different dressing styles. The key to dressing your body type is to know your proportions and don dresses that accentuate your best features while obscuring everything else.  The following is a guide.

Dressing Apple Shaped Body Type

You are apple shaped if your shoulders are broader than your hips and you lack a definitive waistline. When dressing this body type, go for a substantial fabric that will accentuate your look from your bust through your hips. Go for fabrics like linen, gabardine, and denser cotton. Leggings and skinny jeans also look good particularly when paired with oversized tops.

Perfect dresses for the apple shaped body type include strapless and maxi dresses. Maxi dresses with a lower neckline best complement this body type. If you have long legs, you can flaunt them in mini dresses.

Dressing the Hourglass Body Type

You have an hourglass body shape if your hip and bust measurements are equal; your bust, hips and thighs are fuller, and you lack a well-defined waist. The beauty of the hourglass shape is that your curves are even. Consequently, the key to dressing this body type is to define your waist and show off your feminine figure. Your dresses should be tailored and structured to show off your narrow waist. Everything you wear from your most basic clothes should be fitted to draw the eye to your waist

Dressing an Athletic or Straight Shape

You are athletic shaped if you look fairly straight up with flat shoulders. Most women fall under this shape whereby their waist is almost equal in size to the hips and bust. Athletic shaped women are not particularly curvy and have a small waist. Their weight is also evenly distributed throughout the body.

With an athletic body, you will look good in almost everything as you are able to flaunt or conceal as much as you are comfortable with. The key to dressing the athletic shape is to keep the volume on the top or the bottom. When donning an oversized top, wear a skinny bottom. With a structured top, go for breezy pants.

When it comes to dresses, identify which feature you want to flaunt. If you want to flaunt your legs, go for a hemline. To flaunt your bust, go for plunging necklines or a strapless dress. If looking to play up your waistline, a thin belt will do the trick.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to dressing well, the body type plays an essential role in ensuring that you wear the right clothes. In choosing what to wear, go for what fits you and makes you feel confident. That is what it means to dress your body shape. These dressing guidelines are only a guide to help you get that outfit that is perfect for you.

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