Dressing Appropriately for Your Body Type

11:39:00 am Dive Into Mauve (anthoniaokokon@gmail.com) 14 Comments

"The dress should follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress" - Hubert de Givenchy

Hello everyone! Long time no see. I'm sorry, life has been, well, life.

Over the months, I've gotten E-mails with questions in the line of "Oh this looks so good, do you think it would look good on me too". Then, there's my friend and flat mate Ehimen who doesn't wear any colors except black because she thinks they''ll make her look big. I thought about these and I decided to put together a little guide to help you dress appropriately for your body type.

Now, essentially, there are four body types; the hour glass, the apple, the banana and the pear.

You know you're hourglass when you're extremely curvy with a tiny waist.

Work towards highlighting your curves and not hiding them. You can achieve this via belts.

For bottoms, wear a lot of pencil skirts and wide-legged pants.

Wrap dresses are perfect.

For tops, your first thought might be to cover up your bust in turtle necks but that'll make you look even heavier on top. Also, contrary to popular opinion, crop tops work for full bodies because they stop just at the midriff thereby accentuating your waist.

Embrace V-necks (just not to deep) as well as sweetheart necklines.

Keep your styles and fabrics lightweight to hug and create a streamlined silhouette. You might want to look to celebrities like Beyonce and Scarlet Johanssen for inspiration.

You're definitely apple if you're thick around the middle with a slim lower body.

Work towards highlighting your shoulders and legs while minimizing your mid-section.

For bottoms, circle skirts (the waist band will settle at the smaller part of your torso and flare out over the stomach) and low-waist straight-legged pants(trousers that sit low on the hips will help avoid any stomach bulge) are most flattering.

Shift dresses work best because they lie just far enough away from the body thereby concealing problem areas. Avoid belts and dresses that cinch in your waist as this will only emphasize your mid-section.

Wear V-necklines to create the illusion of a longer torso. Go for A-line cuts and empire hemlines. Celebrities like Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Hudson are perfect style inspirations.

If you're not very curvy and your hips are around the same size as your waist, then you're banana-shaped.
Work towards highlighting the thinnest part of your waist to make your hips and bust appear longer and proportionate.

For bottoms, (colorful) pencil skirts with side slits that show of your legs are ideal. Tapered pants will give the illusion of more proportionate hips.

Dresses with cut-outs especially on the sides are also very flattering.

For tops, go big!! Ruffles, frills and embellishments. These will make your top-half look bigger thereby making your waist smaller and shapelier in comparison. It'll also add texture and femininity to your body.
Sweetheart and scoop necklines are perfect for you because they'll give off the illusion of a fuller top half.

Don't compromise on a good bra. It's very important. Play around with belts. Layering with long jackets will add more dimensions to you. Natalie Portman and Cameron Diaz may serve as style inspirations.

You're pear shaped if you're widest around your hips.

Work towards elongating and balancing your figure by accentuating your top half.

For bottoms, A-line skirts are perfect as they highlight the smallest part of your waist and flare out over the hips. Tulip skirts and boot-cut trousers also work.

For dresses, fit (at the waist) and flare (at the bottom) dresses are ideal.

For tops, structured jackets that hit right above the waist are flattering to your physique.

Sweetheart, scoop, boat, square and cowl necklines are perfect for you. Keep your details and prints interesting around your top-half to draw eyes to the area. Shakira and Jennifer Lopez could serve as style inspirations.

WHEW! I hope you stuck with me through this. Did you find it helpful? Do you have more tips on dressing appropriately for your body type? Do share with us in the comment section.

Until Next Time,
It's Tee

Illustrations by Justin Irabor (The Vunderkind)


  1. people like us that are mixed fruit shape nko?

  2. Such an informative post girl. You really did your research and got so much across in so little words. I learnt a couple new things too, thumbs up!
     Princess Audu 

  3. Am definitely hourglass😀 Lolz! Nicely done dear

  4. very helpful Tee...you have no idea..Thanks for the tips.

  5. I dont think my body type was mentioned��

  6. 👏 you did a fantastic job.