AVA’s Complete Guide to Dressing for Your Body Shape
by Gretzel H. Lantican
It sucks to eye a fancy dress at the store that you can’t buy. It has nothing to do with the price, but with the way it looks on your body. You’ve tried it more than once, but something’s a bit off; you can’t figure.
Now’s the time to put that dilemma to rest. Maybe you’re looking at the wrong clothes. The style just isn’t working, so choose the right apparel that would fit best on you.
Shapes and Styles
Every woman is born unique and beautiful. Each has her own body type that’s meant to be worn in specific clothing styles. As a refresher, women’s bodies usually are in five types of body shapes including pear, hourglass, rectangle, apple, and ruler or banana.
As a woman with a pear-shaped body, chances are people usually call you ‘bootylicious’. Emphasize those wide hips by wearing fit-and-flare dresses. These ensembles would definitely accentuate your curves.
For your slim upper body, try wearing embroidered and patterned tops to catch people’s attention with the clothes’ print.
Daria - Boyfriend Dress (left) Rosenthal Tee x AVA - Long Vest (right)
Your slim lower body makes you a lady with an hourglass form. Stand proud. Highlight that sexy waist with belted and cinched clothing styles. Try on a crop top and match it with wide leg pants, flare bottoms, or a pencil skirt.
For a layered look, consider a wrap dress and a belted jacket to emphasize your waist even more.
If you’re an athlete, chances are you’ll fall into the category of a rectangle-shaped body type. Since you’re not really curvy, the measurements of your hips and shoulders are nearly the same. Your weight is evenly distributed throughout your toned body.
Sophisticated skirts with ribbons, embellishments, and ruffles are ideal for you. Waist belts over a pair of high-waisted jeans or over dresses are highly recommended as well. These designs create extra volume to make your body look curvy.
Monica Madrical - Ines Top (left) Facile - Flounce Top (right)
As a woman with curves, the main problem is looking like you have a tiny waist. Avoid clothes that add volume to your midsection. Give your body a shape by wearing any among the following styles: kimono coats, flowy tops, high-waisted flounce skirts, low-waisted straight-leg trousers, or shift dresses.
Monica Madrigal - Isla Top
As a woman with a thin figure, sometimes your hips and waist are in the same narrow size. That brings you to the ultimate goal of highlighting the thinnest part of your waist. Style in ruffle tops, cropped jackets, mini skirts, tapered pants, or cut-out dresses. These trends would make your bust and hips appear proportional and accentuated.
A perfect body is just a social construct society keeps portraying. It‘s such a bother to the point that you feel sudden insecurity. Today’s new era of acceptance, confidence and freedom suggests that the issue shouldn’t be much of a big deal.
You need to focus the way you dress beyond what’s “trending” as a portrayal of beauty. AVA suggests to wear smart. Maybe you don’t appreciate your figure enough, because you’re wearing the wrong piece. Refer to AVA’s Complete Dressing Guide to know the right style to your body shape, and look great in every outfit you put on.