How to dress for your body type - tips and tricks to make the most of your shape (2023)

Pear? Apple? Strawberry? If you’re struggling to find out where your body type fits in the fashion fruit bowl, don't worry, you’re not alone.

Before we dive into how to dress for your body type, let us first caveat this piece by saying that fashion should be fun. Any ‘rules’ are there as a guide only to help you navigate the sometimes overwhelming world of shopping. So, if you actually feel your best in pieces that are the polar opposite of the recommendations for your body type - don’t worry. And if there are styles you'd like to try, but have areas you're less confident with, there's always the best shapewear to give you a helping hand. But one thing that's almost certain, the pieces that flatter your body shape best will be the ones you reach for time and time again and will likely form the basis of your capsule wardrobe.

Key body types

If you've ever wondered, 'what body shape am I?' A quick online search, is likely to leave you more confused about body types than you were in the first place. Alongside the usual fruity favorites, there’s talk of lesser-known shapes like a banana, spoon, and even an inverted triangle. Here we will be looking at what stylist Susie Hasler considers the “five key body types.” They are:

  • Apple
  • Strawberry
  • Rectangle
  • Hourglass
  • Pear

How to find out which body type you are

“The best way to find out what body shape you have is to use a professional personal styling service like Styled by Susie,” says Susie. ”Otherwise, look in the mirror while wearing a fitted outfit, so you can clearly see your body shape as a silhouette. You’ll be able to see where you might be broader, where you might be narrower, where you may need balancing out.”

If you’re struggling to make a judgment on your silhouette alone, fashion guru Bradley Bayou has come up with a simple way to figure out your body size based on measurements for your shoulders, bust, hips, and waist. All you need is a tape measure and a calculator.

How to measure your body

Here’s how to measure your body:

  • Shoulders: Measure from the tip of one shoulder on one side all the way round to the other. Hold the measuring tape high up to the widest point so that it almost slips off (you may need to enlist a helping hand for this one!).
  • Bust: Make sure you are standing upright. Hold the tape measure taut around the fullest part of your chest (but don't squish!).
  • Waist: Measure around the smallest part of your natural waist, just above your belly button.
  • Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your bum - this should be just below the hip bone.

With these measurements and an idea of your silhouette in mind, you can shop to flatter your body depending on the shape you best fit into.

How to dress for your body type

Pear-shaped body type

You have a pear-shaped body if…

  • Your hips are at least 5% wider than your bust or shoulders
  • You have narrow shoulders and a small waist
  • You tend to gain weight easily on the bottom half

How to dress a pear-shaped figure

“Pears should avoid anything that adds volume on their bottom half,” advises Susie. “So avoid white jeans, pleated or mesh skirts - as well as V necks because they can make the shoulders appear narrower.”

Instead, look for tops that draw attention to your top half. Think bold colors, busy prints, and detailing like ruffles. Team these with simpler pieces on your bottom half, as this will help to balance your shape. Pears tend to have smaller waists, so don't forget to highlight this and show it off.

"I start with proportions. I use clothes to balance them. If a client is heavy around the hips I keep it simple around there and balance that with action, fun and definition elsewhere around the neck, bust and shoulders," says personal stylist, Anne Hamlyn of Dr Dress Me.

Key wardrobe staples for a pear-shaped figure

  • Tailored blazer
  • Bardot neckline dresses and tops
  • Bootcut jeans
  • A-line dress

Best buys to suit a pear-shaped figure

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Reiss Brooke Pale Green Tailored Blazer


RRP: $390 / £238

Sizes: US: 2-10 / UK: 6-14

A tailored blazer should be one of your wardrobe essentials if you have a pear-shaped figure. The structured shoulders will widen your top half, helping to balance your frame. By opting for a single button blazer you're drawing attention to your waist, creating a narrowed center point. Not a fan of green? Check out our rundown of the best blazers for more inspiration.

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Boden Kitty Midi Shirt Dress


RRP: $180 / £120

Sizes: US: 2-22 / UK: 6-22

Offering a fresh take on the classic shirt dress, this would work just as well with trainers on the weekends as it would dressed up with heels for the office. The shaped top half and defined waist makes the most of your shape, while the flared skirt skims over hips and thighs.

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Seasalt Cornwall Boat Neck Top


RRP: $40 / £25

Sizes: 6-28

A slightly more conservative (and cold-weather friendly) alternative to a Bardot neckline, the boat neck works just as well to show off your collarbones and widen your top half. This beautiful spring green top is the pop of color your wardrobe needs to head into a new season.

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Levi’s 725 High Rise Bootcut Jeans


RRP: $69.50 / £95

Sizes: 23-34

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Often overlooked for straight leg and skinny jeans, a classic bootcut is really flattering. By flaring out from the knee, this structured pair from Levi's jeans draws the eye down, away from your hips and bum. Choose dark or black denim for a grown-up, timeless look.

Want more ideas? You can find our full guide to dressing for a pear-shaped body here.

Apple-shaped body type

You have an apple-shaped body if…

  • Your hip, shoulder and waist measurements are all roughly equal (within 5%)
  • Your hips are the widest part of your body
  • You carry most of your weight on the upper part of your body

How to dress an apple-shaped figure

With apples, keep the focus away from the tummy by drawing the eye upwards towards the shoulders or down towards the legs,” says Susie. “We would advise them to wear scoop or V necks and to wear anything on their bottom half that's going to accentuate their legs. That could be lighter colored or patterned pants, skinny jeans, ripped jeans, or anything that draws the eye down away from the tummy.”

Longline tops, open collars and even drop-style earrings will all help to create the illusion of a longer torso. And, resist the urge to size up. Swathes of heavy, excess fabric will only make you look larger than you are. The best dresses to hide a tummy feature fluid fabrics and waist-whittling wrap fits.

Key wardrobe staples for an apple shaped figure

  • V-neck top
  • Empire line dress
  • Skinny jeans
  • Waterfall cardigan

Best buys to suit an apple shaped figure

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Hush Violette Printed Top


RRP: £69 (international shipping available)

Sizes: UK: 4-18

The floaty fabric is delicate and feminine, enhanced by the sweet ruffle detailing and pretty floral print. This top is light and drapes really well to skim over your midriff area. It can also be partially tucked in to create a figure-flattering, lengthening side drape.

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Aspiga Sandy Midi Dress


RRP: $185 / £120

Sizes: XS-XL

Instead of adding definition to your waist, an empire line dress finishes just below the bust, which helps to narrow your silhouette and gives the illusion of a higher and slimmer waist. The v-neck on this sweet floral print dress also helps to elongate your figure.

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Lipsy Grey Waterfall Cardigan


RRP: $32 / £22

Sizes: UK: 6-20

Available in 11 colorways, this soft waterfall fronted cardigan is a great wardrobe essentials piece. Worn as a cozy layer over the best v-neck t-shirts or everyday dresses, the draped fabric will skim your frame.

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River Island High Waisted Skinny Jeans


RRP: $65 / £35

Sizes: US: 2-14 / UK: 6-18

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River Island have a fantastic selection of jeans for all body types. High waisted jeans and trousers are great for apple shapes as they come up past your midriff and hold you in, offering a smooth finish and secure fit. This skinny pair will make the most of your slender legs too.

Want more ideas? You can find our full guide to dressing for an apple shaped body here.

Hourglass-shaped body type

You have an hourglass-shaped body if…

  • Your waist measurement is no more than 75% of your hip and bust or shoulder measurements
  • Your hip and bust or shoulder measurements are roughly equal (within 5%)
  • Your top and bottom half are fairly equally proportioned, with clear waist definition

How to dress an hourglass-shaped figure

An hourglass should avoid anything that's too shapeless,” explains Susie. “Instead draw the eye to the waist. If that’s not possible, keep the rest of the silhouette quite fitted—so focus on the legs for example. The key is not to drown the hourglass in too much fabric or anything too oversized. This body shape looks amazing in anything that shows off their balanced silhouette, so that could be a shirt dress, a jumpsuit, or it could simply be a pair of jeans with a T-shirt tucked in.”

Seek out pieces with lycra content that hug your curves to really make the most of your feminine shape. And if you’re struggling to find the perfect fit, buy garments that fit your bust and hips, and have them tailored to your waist—trust us, it will be worth it.

Key wardrobe staples for an hourglass shaped figure

  • Cropped jacket
  • Wide leg jumpsuit
  • Wrap dress
  • Cigarette leg pants

Best buys to suit an hourglass-shaped figure

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Karen Millen Leather Jacket


RRP: $662 / £385

Sizes: US: 2-12 / UK: 6-16

Show off your waist with jackets that specifically highlight this area. Shelve baggy and oversized blazers and opt instead for neatly tailored styles that finish at, and draw attention to your waistline—like this amazing leather one from Karen Millen. This helps to enhance your hourglass shape by drawing eyes down your silhouette to your narrowest part.

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Mango Flower Print Wrap Dress


RRP: $99.99 / £59.99

Sizes: US: 0-20 / UK: 4-26

A wrap dress is a great way of showing off an hourglass figure. The wrap crossover draws attention to your waist and helps to create and highlight curvy body types. And remember, you can be an hourglass figure at all different dress sizes and this particular wrap dress is available up to a size 24.

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Cos Straight Leg Split Cuff Trousers


RRP: $89 / £55

Sizes: XS-L

Opt for a slim cigarette style trouser over a skinny leg style to help balance your curves. These lovely front split trousers are giving us Parisian vibes. If you're looking to get that chic French look, pair them with a Breton striped tee and a classic trench coat, or check out our list of French clothing brands for more inspiration.

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Hush Dilly Jumpsuit


RRP: £129 (international shipping available)

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Sizes: UK: 6-18

Not keen on dresses? A jumpsuit is a great alternative for active days. The wide legs will make you look taller, while the v-neckline adds a feminine feel and helps to also lengthen your frame by drawing the eye up and down the body. The self-fabric belt draws attention to your waistline.

Want more ideas? You can find our full guide to dressing for an hourglass body shape here.

Rectangle-shaped body type

You have a rectangle-shaped body if…

  • Your hip, bust and shoulder measurements are roughly equal (within 5%)
  • Your waist measurement is 75-95% of your shoulder or bust measurement
  • You have an athletic frame, with a small bust and slender legs

How to dress a rectangle-shaped figure

Lucky for you, rectangles can pull off nearly everything. “We would generally advise them to wear clothing with detail,” says Susie. “It doesn't have to be a print or a pattern - it could be stripes or textures such as a cable knit jumper - or it could be an oversized collar or even just going to town with accessories. It could even be something as simple as buttons on the shoulders or a pocket on the bust of a T-shirt.”

“The one thing I would stay away from for a rectangle would be any type of lower neckline, particularly a V-neck because it won't add a very good shape to the bust or the shoulders.”

Key wardrobe staples for a rectangle-shaped figure

  • Straight leg jeans
  • Ruffled blouse
  • Bias cut skirt
  • Fit-and-flare dress

Best buys to suit a rectangle-shaped figure

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Cos Puff-Sleeve Top


RRP: $89 / £55

Sizes: XS-L

Straight-up-and-down frames can pull off plenty of detail in the form of ruffles, prints, and colors. This puff-sleeve top will look great styled with wide-leg jeans.

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Hobbs Marietta Floral Dress


RRP: $270 / £129

Sizes: US: 2-16 / UK: 6-20

While some body types find that fit-and-flare dresses add too much volume to their frame, that’s not a problem for rectangles, who sometimes want help creating extra shape and curves. A fit and flare dress is great for creating the illusion of rounder and fuller hips and as it fits firmly at the waist can give rectangles more hourglass curves. Want to be the best dressed guest this summer, this is what to wear to a wedding—the pretty florals and flared skirt is great for twirling on the dancefloor too.

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Clingy in the best possible way, a gorgeous midi cut silk skirt will create curves even where there aren’t any. Team with a slogan t-shirt and plimsolls for the day, swapping for a cami and strappy heels for the evening.

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Gap High Rise Cheeky Straight Jeans with Washwell


RRP: $69.95 / £39.9

Sizes: US: 23-35 / UK: 23-34

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A cool alternative to your trusty skinnies, straight-leg jeans are just as wearable. This indigo blue pair are good for the planet as well as your wardrobe, having been manufactured with minimal water.

Want more ideas? You can find our full guide to dressing for a rectangle body shape here.

Strawberry-shaped body type

You have a strawberry-shaped body if…

  • You’re broader on the top half
  • Your bottom is relatively flat
  • You have narrow hips and slender legs

How to dress a strawberry-shaped figure

To balance out your frame, steer clear of anything too fussy or voluminous on the top half. Horizontal stripes and roll-necks are best to avoid too. Choose bust-boosting V or scoop necks instead, which will make your shoulders look narrower.

”Strawberry shapes look great in lighter colors or patterns and anything that shows off those slender legs,” adds Susie. If you prefer plain black pants or jeans to something jazzier, a pair of eye-catching shoes will have the same effect.

Key wardrobe staples for a strawberry-shaped figure

  • Wide leg pants
  • Scoop neck top
  • White jeans
  • V-neck dress

Best buys to suit a strawberry-shaped figure

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Me+Em Wide Leg Ponte Trousers


RRP: $195 / £125

Sizes: US: 2-12 / UK: 6-16

The idea is to draw attention to and widen your lower half and these bright green trousers certainly do that. In a comfortable ponte fabric, these gorgeous spring bright green trousers draw inspiration for the luxe loungewear trends that have been the fail-safe style of recent seasons. Dress up with heels for evening and down with trainers in the day.

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Next Long Sleeve V-Neck Dress


RRP: $65 / £45

Sizes: US: 2-18 / UK: 6-22

This red floral print dress with contrasting border print trim is the boho dress to add to your wardrobe this season. Wear now with boots and a faux fur gilet for a cut winter aesthetic and pair with ankle boots and a leather jacket in the spring. The V-neck will elongate your torso and make your shoulders appear narrower. The added tie detail in the middle will also help to balance your silhouette, drawing the eye down the body making you instantly appear longer and leaner.

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Zara Slim Fit Hi-Rise Jeans


RRP: $45.90 / £27.99

Sizes: US: 0-14 / UK: 4-18

Good news—strawberry shapes can pull off all shades of denim, even less forgiving light blue and white jeans. This straight-leg pair is not only an absolute bargain but will make your behind look rounder too.

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Scoop neck t-shirts, like the best v-neck t-shirts, are some of the most flattering silhouettes for a strawberry and these deep scoops from Uniqlo are a great wardrobe basic to stock up on. With a range of colours and a great body hugging fit, these are lovely for layering under slip dresses too.

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What is the easiest body shape to dress? ›

The Rectangle shape is characterized by shoulders and bust that are equal to the hips and a waist that is not well defined. In my experience, the Rectangle shape is the easiest to dress, and the hardest to give advice to. This shape is easy to dress because most clothing today is designed with this shape in mind.

How can I make my figure look better? ›

So if you also have a slender neck like I do it's always best to go with the tighter neckline. That

Which body shape is best for female? ›

The stereotypically attractive female body shape is an hourglass figure, which includes wide hips, a narrow waist, and broad shoulders.

What are the 13 body types? ›

The 13 Kibbe Body Types & Their Clothing Lines
  • Dramatic.
  • Soft Dramatic.
  • Flamboyant Natural.
  • Natural.
  • Soft Natural.
  • Dramatic Classic.
  • Classic.
  • Soft Classic.

Which type of body do I have? ›

Body Shape Calculator & Measurements Chart
DescriptionWidest part
Inverted triangleTop-heavyShoulder Bust
RectangleEven measurements without much definitionShoulder Bust Waist Hip
AppleHeavy midsectionBust Waist
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What should I wear if I don't have a waist? ›

Avoid a belt across your tummy – this will only widen your mid-section. Choose clothes with colours that run straight through your silhouette, as it will help elongate you. Additionally, wearing similar colours or shades on top and bottom can further proportion you.

How dress wide hips? ›

Styling tips: Dos and Don'ts for wide hips

Loose and asymmetrical tops emphasize the upper body. Waisted tops, short cut jackets/blazers and trousers with a high waist balance the proportions. Slightly flared skirts and dresses fall over the hips in a flattering way.

What is a curvy body type? ›

A curvy body type is the one in which the woman's hips and breasts are well-defined. It's also called a full-figure. Lots of celebrities like Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Ashley Graham, Kim Kardashian, etc. have a curvy body type. Even Marilyn Monroe was curvylicious.

How do I shape my waist? ›

The One Simple Exercise That Can Get You A Slimmer Waistline | Better

How can I get a curvy waist? ›

The moves
  1. Banded side step. Great for a warmup, the banded side step will get your hips and glutes ready to go. ...
  2. Step up with reverse lunge. Step ups will not only give your booty a nice lift, they're a practical exercise, too. ...
  3. Dumbbell lunges. ...
  4. Superman. ...
  5. Med ball side lunge. ...
  6. Donkey kick. ...
  7. Single-leg deadlift. ...
  8. Bridge.
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Who has the perfect figure in the world? ›

Among all the data collected, Bella Hadid ranked highest with a result of 94.35% of symmetry.

What is the most popular body type? ›

The most common body shape is a rectangle, which makes up 46% of women. A rectangle is a woman whose waist is less than nine inches smaller than their hips or bust. Next are the bottom-heavy 'spoons', whose hips are two or more inches larger than their busts.

What is perfect figure size? ›

The specific proportions of 36–24–36 inches (90-60-90 centimeters) have frequently been given as the "ideal", or "hourglass" proportions for women since at least the 1960s (these measurements are, for example, the title of a hit instrumental by The Shadows).

What's a romantic body type? ›

The Romantic body type is all about lush yin. It includes no sharp features or angles and usually embraces curves, rounded edges, and a more hourglass or voluptuous frame. Marilyn Monroe is the poster child for the romantic body type.

What is a soft body type? ›

According to Sheldon, endomorphs have bodies that are always rounded and soft, mesomorphs are always square and muscular, and ectomorphs are always thin and fine-boned.

What is a soft natural body type? ›

Soft Natural Body Type:

They can have a small waist that is in proportion to their own bust/hips. They do not have a double curve. They can appear slightly curvy or have a gentle hourglass shape, but not overly so. They can have slightly fleshy upper arms and thighs.

What are the 3 female body types? ›

People are born with an inherited body type based on skeletal frame and body composition. Most people are unique combinations of the three body types: ectomorph, mesomorph, and endomorph.

What body shape is 32 26 34? ›

Hourglass Body Shape

E.g. 32-26-33, 33-27-35, 36-30-38.

What are the 4 body types? ›

To get a precise assessment of whether you're an ectomorph, mesomorph, endomorph, or a combination type, you could go to a lab and have your body fat, bone, and muscle mass measured.

What body type has no waist? ›

Apple Shape. The main characteristics for an Apple Shape are: Carry weight around the middle/tummy area. No defined waist line.

What clothes to wear if you have a big stomach? ›

Wear leggings or skinnies with longer, draped or asymmetrical tops. Leggings or stretchy pants that tuck in the tummy will be your best friend. They will fit comfortably around your belly and tuck it in a bit. Also, with so many wonderful tunics and long tops to choose from, you will look fabulous.

How do you dress straight hips? ›

Think flared hem, just like jackets that nip you in at the waist, tops should be the same go to for our straight hipped girl. This is because this style is traditionally tighter over your bust and flares out from the waist, so tighter fitting tops paired with a more voluminous skirt or pants will do it for you too.

At what age do women's hips get wider? ›

With the onset of puberty, the male pelvis remains on the same developmental trajectory, while the female pelvis develops in an entirely new direction, becoming wider and reaching its full width around the age of 25-30 years. From the age of 40 onward, the female pelvis then begins to narrow again.

How can I hide my thighs? ›

  1. Loose tops that fall over the thighs stretch the silhouette.
  2. Wide or straight-cut trousers make the thigh appear slimmer.
  3. Skirts and dresses in A-line emphasize the upper body and conceal big legs.
  4. Patterns and bright colours in the area of ​​the upper body distract from the thighs.

What pants make your hips look smaller? ›

Instead, slim your hip shape by wearing pants in bootcut, wide leg and/or straight leg fit. These fits (should) fit the widest part of your hip and create a straight line down which elongates and slims hips.

What hip size is considered curvy? ›

What hip size is considered curvy? A. Usually, we consider hip sizes above 36 or 37 inches curvy and hip sizes below 34 to be a slim silhouette. Also, the waist-to-hip ratios of curvy individuals are often in the range of 0.7 to 0.8.

How can I make my body beautiful naturally? ›

Make exercise a part of your routine. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) and CrossFit are ideal for those with an endomorph body type. You also need to do weight training and moderate endurance training. Eat good quality fats and protein and limit your carbohydrate intake to maximise body composition.

How do you get a flat stomach and curves? ›

Techniques that may help people get a flat stomach include:
  1. Add cardio. Share on Pinterest Running is effective in trimming a person's midsection. ...
  2. Eat more fiber. ...
  3. Limit refined carbs. ...
  4. Increase protein intake. ...
  5. Do exercises while standing, not sitting. ...
  6. Add resistance training. ...
  7. Eat more monounsaturated fatty acids. ...
  8. Move more.
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What foods make your waist smaller? ›

Eating a healthy, varied diet that is high in fruits and vegetables — including soluble fiber, vitamin D, and probiotics — is the best plan for losing weight from your waistline. Avoiding refined carbohydrates, sugar, and processed foods whenever possible will help you cut calories and get rid of fat more quickly.

How do I get a flat stomach and small waist? ›

10 min SMALLER WAIST Workout for Flat Belly - YouTube

Does holding in your stomach help flatten it? ›

Suck in your stomach.

Not only will this move instantly make your stomach look flatter, but you will also be giving your abs a workout. Your deep core muscles are activated by sucking in your stomach and the longer you suck in, the more toned your core will be.

What exercises give you an hourglass figure? ›

Here are some exercises that involve not only your waist but also hips and chest, for you to reach the goal of an hourglass figure:
  1. Bridge. Bridge is one of the most popular glute exercises that also works your core and hamstrings. ...
  2. Side Plank. ...
  3. Heel Touchers. ...
  4. Chest Press. ...
  5. Windshield Wipers.

How can I get an hourglass figure without exercise? ›

If you, like me, are disinclined to spend an hour of every day sweating (to the oldies, or otherwise), one great option for how to get an hourglass figure without exercise is to turn to waist training. Unlike exercise, this practice will deliver immediate results, and over time, those results can become semi-permanent.

How can a girl get a perfect body without exercise? ›

All of them are based on science.
  1. Chew Thoroughly and Slow Down. ...
  2. Use Smaller Plates for Unhealthy Foods. ...
  3. Eat Plenty of Protein. ...
  4. Store Unhealthy Foods out of Sight. ...
  5. Eat Fiber-Rich Foods. ...
  6. Drink Water Regularly. ...
  7. Serve Yourself Smaller Portions. ...
  8. Eat Without Electronic Distractions.

What exercises to avoid if you want a small waist? ›

1. Weighted Side Bend. The weighted side bend, in which you hold a heavy dumbbell with one hand and bend to the side, can build up the side oblique muscles too much and can create a boxy waist shape, making your midsection look thicker (the opposite of an hourglass figure).

What is the best type of dress to wear if you have a tummy? ›

Dresses with a draping element around the tummy area often work. Asymmetrical dresses work well too as they draw attention away from the belly and create a vertical line. Dresses that don't cling and which also have patterns are also great to hide the tummy area.

What style of dress is best for big hips? ›

Belted or fitted dresses are perfect to flatter silhouettes with more prominent hips, as they visually reduce the area. We recommend that you choose a belt in the same colour or print as the dress to avoid creating a cut between the upper and the lower part of the body, which can have an unflattering effect.

What dress suits an apple shape? ›

The right dress for the apple body shape skims over the midsection without clinging to the body. A-line dresses, empire-line and bias-cut styles are great examples of dresses that take attention away from the mid-riff. ‍Wrap dresses are also great, as they tailor the midriff by visually lifting the bust.

What dress style is best for big bust? ›

Some dress styles that tend to look especially flattering on bigger-busted people include wrap, fit-and-flare and V-neck dresses. Bodycon dresses are great for showing off your figure, while dresses that are belted in the middle are a fab choice for accentuating an hourglass silhouette.

What clothes hide a big belly? ›

Go big on top, narrow on bottom

If you like the idea of belly camouflage but want to show some shape too, let opposites attract. Pair any full-cut top, blouse, jacket or tunic with a slim base of trim pants, leggings or straight or skinny jeans (here's where the latter come in handy even if you no longer love them).

How can I hide my body fat? ›

How to dress to hide belly fat
  1. Do not wear tight clothing on your belly, favouring “smart” draped tops instead. ...
  2. Wear leggings or skinny jeans with longer tops, also draped or with asymmetric cuts. ...
  3. Create vertical lines with long cardigans, slim fit coats and long blazers.

What should I wear if I have big thighs and bum? ›

If you're looking to dull down the volume at your bum and thighs, look for a pair of wide or straight legged jeans. The wider shape at the ankle will make you appear less curvy up top, boyfriend jeans will also do the trick as well as keeping you comfy.

What should you not wear with wide hips? ›

Avoid low-waist pants or trousers as they are the biggest enemies of a wide hip. Skinny, light-coloured jeans are also a big no-no for women with large booty. Even wearing capri pants can also put emphasis on the flaws of your lower body.

How can I hide my muffin top? ›

Best Tops to Hide a Muffin Top
  1. Don't Wear Clingy Tops—Look for Structured Fabrics Instead.
  2. Do Wear Tops that Emphasize Your Bust.
  3. Do Layer With a Camisole.
  4. Do Try High-Waisted Jeans.
  5. Do Choose Jeans with Stretch in the Waist.
  6. Do Pair Low-Rise Jeans with Longer Tops.
  7. Do Try An Empire Waist Silhouette.

Can I change my body shape? ›

However, you can definitely alter the structure of your muscles, reduce fat, and thus alter and improve your overall physical appearance. So yes, you can definitely change your body shape by hitting the gym on a regular basis.

What should a apple shape not wear? ›

To dress your apple-shaped body, you'll want to take attention away from your middle, since it's already full. To draw attention away from your middle, avoid low shorts or pants, high-cut shirts, or any fabric length that cuts off below or above your middle.

What causes extra large breasts? ›

What causes extremely large breasts? The cause of gigantomastia isn't entirely known; however, researchers think it may be influenced by: Hormonal changes (like during puberty or pregnancy). Medications like penicillamine or bucillamine.


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