The Guide: Dressing For Your Body Shape


Trends change fast, and it’s not always easy to know how to adapt them for our unique (and beautiful!) body shapes. We believe that fashion is about feeling great in the looks we love and feeling great in who we are. But, you could say that we follow guidelines, not rules. So we created this handy guide to help you learn how to dress your body shape and play up your most favorite features with styles you have (or should have) in your closet. But first things first, do you know your body shape?

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Now, read on for more tips for styling your shape!

Pear Shaped Body Type

aka a triangle shape.

pear shape body type guide

You may be this body type if…

  • Your waist is wider than your bust
  • You consider yourself to have fuller hips
  • You have narrower shoulders in
    comparison to your hips
  • You have a fuller rear

Learn how to dress your pear shape

Hourglass Shaped Body Type

aka a curvy shape.

hourglass body shape guide

You may be this body type if…

  • You’d describe your body as curvy
  • You have a well-defined waist
  • Your bust and hip measurements are
    roughly even
  • You may have fuller bust, hips, and thighs

Learn how to dress your hourglass shape

Apple Shaped Body Type

aka an inverted triangle.

apple shaped body guide

You may be this body type if…

  • You are generally well-proportioned
  • Your shoulders are broader than
    your hips
  • You are not necessarily as curvy
    through your hips
  • You don’t have a well-defined waistline
    (If you do, you’re likely an hourglass!)

Learn how to dress your apple shape

Athletic Shaped Body Type

aka a rectangle or straight shape.

athletic body shape guide

You may be this body type if…

  • You’re not particularly curvy
  • Your shoulders and hip measurements
    are nearly the same
  • Your waist isn’t very small or well-defined,
    but rather straight up and down
  • Your weight is fairly evenly distributed
    throughout your body

Learn how to dress your athletic shape

Keep reading for more advice on dressing your body type!

One Last Thought On Body Shapes

Everybody and every body is different. If you’re not one of these shapes—that’s ok! These dressing guidelines are best used as a starting point to understand the basics. And, let’s be honest—most women are a combination of several! It’s all about mixing & matching until you find what’s best for you.

And, we believe the best place to really get the lowdown on how to dress your body is from real women—just like you. From dishing on how to find the best jeans for petite, to understanding how to dress your curves—hear from all shapes & sizes in our series: My Body, My Style.

Are you ready to flaunt your favorite features with new silhouettes? Finding the perfect fit is kind of our thing. Our stylists are standing by and ready to help you find what you love. Take your style quiz and schedule a Fix. Just sit back and relax. We’ll send five pieces, handpicked just for you, to try on in the comfort of your own home. Buy what you love, send back the rest. Shipping, exchanges and returns are free. 

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