It's no secret that fashion is a personal game. Every person has their own set of tastes and preferences, but when you're trying to dress your body type and make it work to your advantage, it can be hard to know where to start.
Dressing for your body type is one of the best ways to make sure that the way you look reflects your personality and makes you feel confident in yourself.
What is a body type?
It's just like your personality: it's unique to you. Your body type is determined by the shape of your face, the size of your torso, and how much muscle or fat is on your body. You can read more about different body types here.
Dressing for your body type will help you look and feel like yourself every day. It helps if you know what kind of clothes work with each body type so that when you go shopping for new clothes (which we hope happens often!) or when someone asks if they can borrow something from your closet, they'll know exactly where to look!
We've got some tips for you!
First things first: know yourself.
What do you like? What do you not like? Are there certain colors or patterns that just look better on your body than others? Do you prefer to wear tight-fitting clothes or looser ones?
It's okay if your answers aren't completely clear yet. Just take some time to think about what does or doesn't look good on you—and write down anything that comes up in conversation with friends or family members who've seen you in different outfits over the years (or even just in photos).
When you have a body type that's different from the norm, you might feel like there's no way to dress it up and make it work for you. But there are actually a lot of ways to do exactly that!
Don't shy away from color.
One of the hardest things about dressing an unconventional body type is finding clothes that fit right and look good on your body type. One thing that can help with this is wearing colors that complement your skin tone, which will make your clothes look more flattering—and less likely to stand out in a bad way.
If you're pale, bright colors like red and yellow will look great on you. If you're darker than medium brown, try earthy tones like olive green or burgundy (though it depends on what color eyes you have!). But if you're very fair-skinned, avoid any shade of orange—it'll just make your skin look washed out.
Here are some other tips for dressing different body types:
Pale Skin: Wear black! It's one of the best colors to wear if you want to hide your imperfections and make yourself look thinner. Pair it with dark blue jeans or a deep red lip gloss for extra impact.
Medium Skin: Wear light colors! They'll help brighten up your face while also making it seem more approachable. Try pairing light blue jeans with a navy top and gold jewelry for a modern look that's perfect for work or play alike!
Get creative with accessories.
One way to make sure everything fits well and looks great is by pairing it with accessories.
When you’re putting together an outfit, it can be easy to get caught up in the details: where each piece of clothing will sit on your body, how you’ll tie your shoes, what jewelry will go best with everything else. But did you know that accessories play just as important a role in creating a look?
Accessories are little extras you can add to an outfit to make it more fun, more interesting, more unique. They can help tie all of your different pieces together in a way that makes your whole outfit look like something special—and they don’t take much effort at all!
You might think about wearing a necklace or belt that matches some of the colors in one of your outfits—or even something totally different, like a big pair of earrings or sunglasses! Or just try adding a scarf to an otherwise plain outfit: scarves are great because they work so well with almost any kind of clothing (jeans or dresses) and come in so many different styles and colors that there’s always going to be something for everyone!
Think About How You Feel
The most important thing to consider when dressing your body type is to think about how you want to feel. Do you want to feel powerful? Confident? Elegant? Sexy? For example, if you have an hourglass figure, you might want to wear a corset or dress with a fitted waist so that your waist appears smaller, while wearing high heels or wedge sandals will make your legs look longer and leaner.
Here are a few tips for how to dress your body type and make it work to your advantage:
1. If you're top-heavy, wear tops with wider necks or high necklines. A wider neckline will give the illusion of more balance across the chest area and draw attention away from your upper arms.
2. If you're bottom-heavy, try wearing pants with a higher waistline and narrower legs—they'll help create an optical illusion of balance across the lower half of your body.
3. If you have short legs, try wearing longer skirts or pants so they break over the ankle instead of just ending at mid-calf length (which makes them seem even shorter!).
4.If you're tall and thin, consider wearing clothes with long sleeves that help to lengthen your silhouette. Long skirts are also a good option—they'll help balance out the proportions of your body by adding length below your waistline.
5.If you have an hourglass figure (slender legs, curvy hips), wear slimming pants or skirts that hug your curves but don't cling too tightly to them. You should also try wearing a belt on top of slacks or jeans if they're too big in the waist area; this will help balance out the proportions of your body and give it more definition.
6. If you're curvy, this is what can help:
Choose clothes that fit well at the waist and hips.
Choose high-waisted pants or skirts instead of low-rise styles so they create an illusion of a smaller waistline.
Wear vertical stripes to draw attention away from any trouble spots and make them seem smaller than they really are.
If you're tall and thin, this is what can help:
Wear items that add volume around the middle like belts or scarves so they balance out your proportions without making you look like an afterthought
7.If you have a pear-shaped figure (hips and butt), then wearing a fitted top with flared pants or a skirt is going to make your hips appear slimmer than they are in reality.
If you want your upper body to look smaller but still have curves, try wearing something like an empire waistline top which will draw the eye down toward your waistline instead of up toward your chest area.
When you understand your body type, you can make the most of what you have and dress in a way that makes you look and feel your best. Use the tips above to learn how to dress for your body type and show off your assets. With a little bit of effort, you can create a style that is uniquely yours and helps you feel confident and beautiful.