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What is your body type? 6 different body shapes and how to dress for each one

We are all the same in lots of ways, it’s true, but we don’t all have the same body shape. Do you know which body shape you are? Here are 6 different body types and tips for how to dress to suit each one. 

1/ Full hourglass (The 8)

Do you have shoulders that align with your hips, a voluptuous body and a well defined waist? Your shape is the full hourglass, or the 8.

What to wear:

  • Slim fitting tops
  • Flowy tops
  • Wraps
  • Plain tops accessorised with jewellery
  • Tunics and long tops
  • Blazers with shoulder pads
  • A-line skirts
  • Bootcut jeans

What to avoid:

  • Leggings and very clingy clothes
  • Jabot collars
  • Short tops and crop tops
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2/ Neat hourglass (The X)

Are you very slim, with a small chest, a narrow waist and your shoulders align with your hips? You are a neat hourglass, or an X!

What to wear:

  • Slim fitting tops and jackets
  • Blazers with shoulder pads
  • Round neck tops
  • Wraps
  • Trench coats tied at the waist
  • Any shape of trousers
  • High waisted skirts, shorts and trousers

What to avoid:

  • Tops that are too large that don’t accentuate the waist
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3/ Pear shaped (The A)

You have a more pyramidal shape, your shoulders are narrower than your hips and you have noticed that you have to go for a larger dress size in trousers than in tops. Your body shape is ‘pear shaped’ or an A.

What to wear:

  • Voluminous tops (ruffles, pleated, with shoulder straps….)
  • Balloon sleeves
  • Dresses, especially with an empire waist
  • Colourful or print tops
  • All types of necklines
  • Bustiers
  • Large collars

What to avoid:

  • Long tops or tunics
  • White pants
  • Tapered trousers
  • Hip belts
  • Trousers made from thick materials such as tweed
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4/ Inverted triangle (The V)

Sporty by nature, your shoulders are wider than your hips. Your tops are often a dress size bigger than your trousers.

What to wear:

  • Round neck, boat neck, square neck, v neck or asymmetrical necklines
  • Dark coloured tops
  • Long tops and tunics
  • Skater skirts or bubble skirts
  • All types of trousers, as long as they are low waisted
  • Fitted waists
  • Voluminous or printed trousers

What to avoid:

  • Bustiers
  • Tops with thin straps
  • Printed or brightly coloured tops
  • Fitted tops
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5/ The rectangle (The H)

Are your hips and shoulders aligned, with a poorly defined waist? You are a ‘rectangle’, or a H.

What to wear:

  • Fitted or tailored jackets
  • Wraps
  • Tunics and long tops
  • Boat neck tops
  • Flowy tops
  • Low waisted trousers
  • Bright colours and prints
  • Low waisted skirts

What to avoid:

  • Waist belts
  • Pencil skirts
  • Very high waisted trousers
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6/ The apple (The O)

Have you a fuller, curvier figure? No worries, as an apple or O shape, you can easily accentuate your best assets!

What to wear:

  • Round or square necklines
  • Straight tops in flowy materials
  • Tunics, blouses and long tops
  • Small prints
  • Straight cut or bootcut trousers
  • Dresses
  • Heels

What to avoid:

  • Stretchy or clingy materials
  • Wraps
  • Very brightly coloured outfits
  • Large prints
  • Skinny jeans
  • Bubble skirts
  • Horizontal stripes
Credits : cristinacordula.com