Last Updated on June 23, 2021 by Ellen Christian
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Learning how to dress your body type can make all the difference in how an outfit looks on you. While I would love it if every outfit I tried on looked good on me, that just isn’t the case. Because I’m a triangle shape (think pear), there are just certain things that don’t look good on me.
How to Dress Your Body Type
Finding the best outfit for your body type isn’t hard. The first step is to determine what body type you have and you start by finding your measurement. Make sure that you take your measurements in your undergarments for the most accurate results. Once you have your measurements, you can use them to figure out what your body type is.
- Hourglass – You are widest at the bust and hips with a defined waist.
- Rectangle – Your bust, waist, hips and shoulders are about the same size.
- Triangle – Your hips are larger than your bust and shoulders.
- Inverted Triangle – Your shoulders and bust are wider than your waist and hips.
- Oval – You are fullest in the middle and your waist measurement is larger than your bust and hips.
Wearing darks or neutrals on the bottom when you’re a triangle can help tone down your hips. Wearing a bright color or patterned shirt will help draw attention up and away from your hips as well. Of course, shapewear can always help smooth and minimize your less than idea areas too.
I used the suggestions from Monroe and Main when I was choosing my outfit. I chose a pleated top in fuschia because it’s a bright, happy color that is one of my favorites. The detailing around the neckline also draws attention upward and away from my hips.
Instead of choosing stone washed or lighter colored bottoms, I went with the Lola Stretch Slim Jeans in dark blue as suggested. They are super comfortable and very slimming. They have a slight stretch which helps them fit better and prevents them from becoming stretched out as the day progresses.
I found the Monroe and Main “How to Dress Your Body Type Kit” to be very helpful when I was choosing my outfit. The measuring tape and directions helped me find the perfect outfit. It’s not all about measurements. While I knew how to find out my body type, I learned quite a bit about choosing colors and prints to best accent my assets and hide my flaws as well. Using their kit really helped me understand the types of clothes I should choose for my body type which is extra important as I age and my shape changes.
For more information on how to dress for your body type, follow Monroe and Main on Pinterest.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 24-year-old son and 29-year-old daughter. She owns six blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes you can feel beautiful at any age and any size. She shares healthy, realistic beauty and fashion information geared toward women over 40. If you’d like to work together, email email@example.com to chat.