I often get “compliments” from other women that believe I look good in anything or women that believe I can wear just about anything. I always laugh. The truth is I don’t look good in everything. I wear what I know is flattering to my figure and body type. Where you shop is not as important as knowing what to buy for your specific body type. I don’t dress based on what is trending in the season. I’m a lover of personal style of fashion. I don’t worry about trends or style of clothing being modest right from the store; most clothing can be modified to be worn modestly. Ladies, it’s important to know your body type and styles that flatter your figure. Just because something is trending doesn’t mean you should rock it. Trends come and go. Your personal style is an expression of you. Don’t simply wear what’s trending, in-season or what others are wearing. Dress to flatter the shape of your figure.


Body Types


The following are the four most common female body shapes/types:

·        Apple (downward triangle, Athletic)

·        Banana (rectangular, straight)

·        Pear, Spoon, or Bell (Upward triangle)

·        Hourglass Shape

 Body Shapes



1.  Straight Body Type (Banana Shape)

a.  Your hips and bust are balanced

b.  Your waist is not very defined

c.   You probably have a bottom that is more flat than round

d.  You tend to gain weight in your torso first and then your upper thighs and arms

e.  Your lower legs are always shapely and one of your best assets

Wear tops with belted waists, off the shoulder, boat-neck tops, wide V or U necks, structured shoulders, princess or flutter sleeves, embellishments around the bust and shoulders, and tops that are full, rushed or flowing around the bust. Find bottoms that add curves to your lower half while creating an hourglass effect. Go for full, tiered (layered) or bubble skirts; mid to low-rise waists with wide waistbands.


2.  Pear Body Type (Triangle Shape)

a.  Your hips are larger than your bust

b.  You have a nicely defined waist

c.   You have slim arms and shoulders

d.  You first gain weight on your bottom

e.  Your waist is one of your best assets

Enhance and add volume to your upper body while emphasizing your waist and de-emphasizing your lower body. Create a balanced, which can help you achieve an hourglass appearance. Find tops that will help balance your lower half; tops with fitted waists, with embellishments around the bust and shoulders, bold patterns and bright colors. Draw as little attention to your bottom as possible. Go for A-line skirts, and simple stitching and dark colors. Avoid heavy details that emphasize your bottom area, such as dresses and skirts that hug the widest part of your hips.


3.  Hourglass Body Type

a.  Your hips are larger than your bust

b.  You have a nicely defined waist

c.   You have proportionately slim arms and shoulders and neck

d.  You first gain weight on your bottom then upper body

e.  Your waist is one of your best assets

Proportionately dress the top and bottom of your body while accentuating your waist. Wide belts over shirts and dresses are a wonderful way to show off your waist. Look for tops that will emphasize your waist and balance your figure; fitted waist tops, wrap-style tops, tops with belts, and custom-made shirts and jackets. Paired with the appropriate tops, you can wear just about any type of bottom piece; high waist-skirts are great for hourglass body type.


4.  Inverted Triangle Body Type (Apple Shape or Athletic)

a.  You have a larger upper body

b.  You have broad shoulders, and full bust and a wide back

c.   Your hips are slim

d.  Your waist is subtle and you tend to gain weight in your belly and upper body

e.  Your beautiful, shapely legs are one of your best assets

Balance your broader shoulders, chest, and back with your narrower lower body to create more of an hourglass effect. Choose clothes that add curves to your hips and bottom while creating a more defined waist. Look for tops that will help balance your bust and hips, also emphasize your waist. Choose bottoms that will help enhance your lower body.


5.  Oval Body Type

a.  You have a large bust, narrow hip, and a full midsection

b.  You tend to gain weight in your stomach and upper body

c.   Your waist is undefined and the widest part of your figure

d.  Your buttocks are somewhat flat and your legs are slender

e.  Your shapely, graceful legs are one of your best assets

Keep the attention away from your midsection and create a more defined waist. Choose clothing that adds curves and fullness to your lower body and tops that taper to a waist. Wear tops with flare at the hips, vertical details, and tops with belts. Looks for bottoms with minimal emphasis on your lower half; full, tiered, flared or bubble skirts and mid-rise waist skirts with wide waistbands.

You can teach others a lot about yourself based on your style of dressing. It’s a way to say who you are without having to speak. It is more than just dressing well and making a statement. How you feel when you get dress is important. You can keep it simple or be bold. Whichever bold extreme or happy medium you choose, the result should be to look your best, please God, and feel great about it. I did not always dress modestly or wear flattering attire. My dad used to always tell me, the way you dress reflects the state of your heart. Why do you wear what you wear? What is your motive? How do you expect others to respond to you? If you are simple dressing to impress others, gets likes or compliments, you will most likely fail to dress for flatter your body type. Do what is best for your figure not what you think others will like. Remember to feel as great as you look. Make your goal to dress well for your figure and body type. Confidence is beautiful and never out of style; it’s suitable for all body shapes and types.



    1. Hey Michaela. No one is truly exactly one of these. Realistically most of us (myself included) are somewhere in between or a combination of. It’s a guide to help you look your best for your body type but most important be comfortable. Find the one that your body is the closest to or most represent your body type. I’m petite but I’m an hourglass. I don’t have an image to go off but it sounds like that would be close to your body type also. My waist is super tiny (0-2), I’m buttom is wider and curvy (6-8), & bust area is like a size 4. So I model my comfort and what’s flattering after what I’m the closest to. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have anymore questions or how I can help further.

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