Flatter Your Figure: How to Dress for Your Shape


Let’s be honest. If you hate your thighs or wish your 5-foot frame were 6 feet tall, you need a few magical fashion tricks to enhance the good and minimize the bad.

Rather than torture yourself with the latest fad diet or opt for expensive plastic surgery, you can accentuate your amazing body parts while discretely concealing your flaws.

Whether you want to reduce your hips, minimize your tummy or add a few Beyonce-inspired curves to your slim figure, here’s how to dress for your shape and keep the crowd cheering for more of your fashion fabulosity.

Flatter Your Figure: How to Dress for Your Shape

If you are petite,

do not wear: dark knee high boots, pleated trousers, baggy clothes, drawstring waists, puffy jackets, cuffed or cropped pants. Instead, choose pants whose hems fall to the ground.


If you don’t want to draw attention to your height-challenged body, wear monochromatic colors and heels over 2 inches to give the illusion of long legs.

Petite women can wear any silhouette as long as it is tailored and proportioned to their height.

If you are long waisted,

avoid anything too tight. Steer clear of low-rider jeans, pants with cuffs or cropped pants. Wear pants with heels to elongate your legs.  If you have an elongated torso, select cropped, high-wasted and off-the shoulder tops. Wear structured blouses with horizontal lines, square necklines or a wide collar to balance your body.

Choose jackets and dresses that taper in above your natural waist to create a long vertical line.

If you have big hips,

do not wear: cropped tops, mom jeans, clingy fabrics or blouses that end at the fullest part of your hips.

Pencil skirts, wide-leg pants and tailored jackets accentuate your hips, while pleated or boxy skirts, heavy floral prints and stiff fabrics are not flattering.

If you have a small bust,

push-up bras and turtlenecks are your best friend. Anything that will add more fullness to the breasts: fitted turtlenecks, halter-tops, jackets and dresses with pocket detailing, will create the illusion of an ample bosom.

If you have small breasts, refrain from wearing plunging necklines, stiff fabrics and loose tops.

If you have a large bust,

first outfit yourself with a good bra, preferably a minimizer.. Your goal is to find clothes that separate your neck from your bust, creates the illusion of a small waist and celebrates your fabulous curves.

A woman with large breasts should wear: v-neck, scoop neck or wrap tops.  She should avoid: wide belts, ruffles, skimpy tank tops, clingy fabrics, baggy tops, short-capped sleeves, boxy jackets, collars with large lapels and turtlenecks.

If you have no curves and a boyish figure,

you should purchase any clothing that will add bulk to your thin areas and hug your barely-there curves.

A woman with a thin frame can wear: double-breasted coats and dresses, jeans with embellishments and large pockets, hip huggers, pleating, ruching, ruffles, shiny and light-colored fabrics.

If you have a large stomach,

you want to focus the attention on your beautiful face or great legs and away from your tummy.

To hide a bulging waist a woman should wear: empire tops sheath dresses, single-breasted coats, and monochromatic clothing. Avoid fabrics that grip the stomach like low-rise jeans, tube dresses, cropped tops and any dress cut on the bias.

Learning how to dress for your shape is not difficult—if you know the fashion rules. Use these chic techniques to flatter your figure and embrace and dress your body, flaws and all.

Whatever, your size or shape, you’ve uncovered a fashion prescription to heal yourself from a negative body image, dress for your shape, and add a few more style secrets into your feminine bag of tricks.

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