No one body is the same and certain styles, patterns, and designs work better depending on how you’re made! The older you get the easier it gets to understand your body, but it’s still a little tricky. Now, none of these tips are perfect for each size – but they might give you a few good ideas!

Let’s get into this with the four classic body shapes. I’m no expert and this is the way I was categorised growing up. I don’t think anyone is really an exact shape, but thinking about how you’re built can help you make more flattering choices.

    • The pear (your waist is wider than your bust and have fuller hips and narrower shoulders)
    • The hourglass (your body is curvy, with a well-defined waist; your bust and hips are of equal measurements)
    • The apple (you do not have a well-defined waist and have broader shoulders)
  • The athletic (you are not particularly curvy, and your hips and shoulders are nearly the same measurements; your waist isn’t defined, and you are rather straight up and down)

The pear

The name of the game is to play with proportions that will elongate your body. Statement tops that draw the eye upwards and dramatic accessories are your secret weapon. So lovers of earrings and necklaces rejoice!

Tops

When it comes to fun tops, go wild! Bright colours and bold patterns can help refocus attention to your top half, so look towards more daring patterns. Show off your narrow waist with form-fitting clothes, and invest in plunging V-necks, scoop necks, and cowl neck tops.

Dresses

A-line style dresses (and skirts) were made for pear shapes. Hemlines that finish right below the knee will elongate your body and help slenderize your hips and thighs. Maxi dresses are also an ally of yours.

Jeans

The bane of most women, the thought of wiggling into jeans can cause the most confident of us to wince in terror. As you are having so much fun with statement tops, select more subtle colours for your bottom half. Flares are a great way to balance out your hips.

The hourglass

The key to dressing your hourglass shape is to a) define your waist and b) show of your feminine figure. It’s time to emphasise your natural curves with hugging silhouette pieces that highlight your best features.

Tops

Your mantra should be: fitted, fitted, fitted! When choosing your clothes, it’s all about celebrating your curves. Form-fitting tops, wrap tops and anything with a V-neck, boat neck or round neck is your best friends.

Dresses

Your figure was made for dresses, so be sure to channel your inner Monroe. Wrap dresses and skater dresses were made for you, but be sure to avoid flowy and smock dresses – especially if you are petite!

Jeans

High-waisted jeans should be your go-to, however, if you struggle to find jeans that make it over your hips and hug your smaller waist, look for stretchy jeans or accessorise with a stylish belt.

The apple

Apples look best when playing to their strengths. Highlighting your bust, legs and arms may be easy, but finding dresses and tops that suit your structured waistline can be problematic. While certain shops may only cater to curvier silhouettes, there are specific brands that create plus size women’s clothing that is made to highlight your best assets.

Tops

Celebrate comfort and styles with A-line tops and flowy tunics. Relaxed, boyfriend button-up tops are also ideal for apple shapes.

Dresses

Strapless dresses look great on apple shapes, and if you love your legs, choose a mini dress rather than a maxi. If you’re not sure on the pattern or colour, opt for darker shades, which are much more slimming.

Jeans

Skinny jeans can be a lifesaver, especially when paired with a floaty top. Flare, cropped, tailored trousers – there are no jean styles you can’t pull off!

The athletic

The key to dressing an athletic frame is balancing out your broad shoulders by creating curves. Decide whether you want to add volume on top or bottom. Peplum skirts and tops are perfect ways to enhance your waist.

Tops

Most athletic builds will have toned arms. Play to this strength by wearing halter style and strapless tops. Show off your collarbones, and have your tops nip inwards around your waist.

Dresses

Most styles work on you, but you’ll want to select which of your assets to show off. Wear a mini dress if you wish to show off your legs, or if you want to show off your bust, a strapless dress can be perfect.

Jeans

Pick a jean style that complements your top shape. If you are wearing a baggy top, stick to skinny jeans. Gathered waists are also a perfect way to create an hourglass shape, whereas high-waisted jeans may only accentuate your straight torso.

Sarah x