The Significant Figure! (Dressing your body shape)

Ladies! Ever wonder what your shape is? Well look no further! Lets go over some of the general body shapes and great tips on what types of clothing to look for.

Do you think you have a shape?


The answer should be a resounding YES!!!! We all have a shape! We just have to learn to love it, dress it and OWN it!

What is my body shape or figure?

Below are four general body shapes. Some of us are shaped exactly like the diagrams, while other of us may have a mixture here and there. The ultimate goal is to learn your body so that you are more comfortable in your clothing! Once we have a better idea of how to dress our bodies, shopping could be so much fun! So, lets get started on our fabulous figures!Picture2

The “Apple”

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The apple shape typically has a broader upper part of the body. (shoulders and/or bust area) The mid section is rounder while the hips are smaller.

The Apple’s Style!

  • Tailored necklinesPicture5
  • Layers
  • A-line skirts
  • Avoid button on the front of pants/jeans (zippers instead)
  • Choose a fabric with a nice fall to it (not too clingy)
  • Solid colors
  • Belts
  • Maxi dresses

The “Pear”

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The pear typically has a smaller upper body area(shoulders and/or chest), with larger hips, which may be slightly wider than the shoulders.

The Pear’s style!

  • Flowy SkirtsPicture8
  • Boot cut or wide leg jeans
  • Longer tops (draws attention to upper part of body)
  • Structure/interest to the shoulder
  • Printed tops
  • A-line dresses that skim over the hips
  • Wider lapels on jackets/coats

The “Hourglass”

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One of the things that stands out in the hourglass shape is the narrow waist. The upper and lower body are similar in proportion.  We tend to think that only a slimmer person can have an hour glass shape, however it varies in sizes. Remember the characteristics of this shape, not the “weight”.

The Hourglasses’s StylePicture11

  • Wrap dresses
  • Fit and flare dresses
  • Pencil skirts
  • Fitted Cardigans
  • Vertical stripes
  • Prints and Patterns

The “Rectangle”

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The rectangle has a slim upper and lower body. This shape may also have a longer (looking) mid-section due to the minimal curves. There is no large difference in the size of the hips, waist and shoulders.

The Rectangle’s Style!Picture14

  • Color blocks
  • Tailored tops/jackets  (emphasize the waist)
  • Tops with pockets, pleats and other front details
  • Tucked in blouses
  • A-line skirts
  • Fitted skirts

What are your problem areas?

Many of us have problem areas that we are still working on such as our arms, mid-section, busts, hips and legs.  While we are still “under construction” in those areas, here are some go to pieces that can help us accomplish a flawless look!

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I hope this posts helped you learned more about your body and what pieces can maximize your look. Re-think some of your pieces, build on your basics, shop for longevity and of course…..have fun in the process!

Comment below and share your body type!  I’m a lovely rectangle!


4 thoughts on “The Significant Figure! (Dressing your body shape)

  1. DeeDee Gee

    Thanks to this snow event I found out my friend has been blogging again!!! I believe that this post has been one of the most descriptive I’ve encountered.. I’m going to my closet to see what doesn’t belong!😂

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