How to dress for your body shape

Don’t you hate it when you’re shopping for a new outfit and every piece feels too tight, too baggy or too frumpy?

Even when you choose clothes that are all the same size, there seems to be some unwritten rule that they can’t all fit in the same way … 

While some of it is definitely down to different size guides being used by different shops, some of it could be down to your body shape. 

Understanding what your body shape is can help you create the perfect, figure-flattering capsule wardrobe you’ve always dreamed of. 

There are tons of different body shapes, but there are three stand out plus-size shapes that you might fit into. Here’s how to dress for each one. If you’re feeling inspired, grab some new outfits at

Pear shaped

Those with a pear-shaped body will have wider hips. Typically, you’ll have a narrow waist and even narrower shoulders. Pear shaped bodies are sometimes referred to ‘spoon shaped’ or ‘triangle shaped’. 

This body type can really benefit from fitted, structured tops with puffy or embellished sleeves. This can help to balance out the body and make your shoulders a little more prominent. 

To widen the torso, to be in line with your hips, horizontal lines can divert the eyes in the perfect way. 

Cropped tops are also great for flaunting your smaller waist. Wear with chunky jeans to really accentuate your curves. 

For those that love dresses, A-line styles and skirts with waist-length jackets are perfect choices. 

Apple shaped 

Why are body shapes always compared to fruit? 

Apple-shaped bodies tend to have smaller hips and a larger waist and shoulders. It can also be called a round or oval body shape.

A lot of people feel self-conscious as an apple shape, and as such wear layers to hide their midriff. However, this doesn’t have to be the only way! It’s all about just dressing for your body shape, rather than hiding away. Plunging V-necks could make you feel incredibly sexy, or an A-line dress will work if you want to be a little more covered up. 

You can also give your waist a little more definition by wearing high-waisted jeans, leggings or skirts. 

As with any body shape, it’s about balancing out different areas: For apple shapes, if you’re wearing a flowy top, try skinny jeans. If you’re wearing a tight fitting top, try more loose fit pants. 


This is a common body shape you’ve likely heard of. It’s characterized by a smaller waist, broader shoulders and wider hips.

Hourglass women can flaunt their curves by wearing figure-hugging dresses or skirts. However, you’re also lucky enough to be able to pull off a pair of slouchy jeans, cropped jackets and flared pants. 

Anything that shows off your natural shape should make you feel bold, beautiful and confident. 

Whatever body shape you fit into, you should always feel fabulous. If the answer isn’t in your outfit, here are a few body image affirmations to try. 

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