How to Dress for Your Body Type

Here’s to accentuating what we love.

three women's body types
Post by Trunk Club
May 16, 2019

When it comes to fashion, there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all. And that’s totally okay. We all have different shapes and silhouettes that are beautiful in their own right. And dressing well is all a matter of strategically choosing pieces that make you feel confident and help you look your best. 

Below, we’re sharing general guidelines to dressing for your body type and how to accentuate your favorite assets. Whether you have an hourglass, triangle or rectangle body shape we've got you covered on how to flatter your frame at work, on casual weekends and for dressier occasions. 

For an hourglass frame

Calling all our curvy girls—if your shoulders are proportionate to your hips and your waistline is well defined, then keep reading. Embrace your body in all its glory with items that enhance your shape.

hourglass body work outfit

Headed to work

Because hourglass shapes carry tailored silhouettes so well, try structured peplums or wrap-style tops for the office. Just be sure to balance out the look with slimmer pants or a pencil skirt—you don’t want to overwhelm the eye with volume both on the top and bottom. 

hourglass shape casual look

Going casual

Look for fitted (not super tight) separates that meet at the waist. Tees paired with high-waisted jeans draw the attention to your narrow midsection, as do belted trench coats or cropped jackets with buttons at the waist. 

hourglass shape dressy look

Dressing up

Hourglass gals, this is your time to shine. Tastefully emphasize your curves with fit-and-flare, sheath, or wrap dresses. These silhouettes are not only incredibly flattering, but they’re also fantastic for highlighting your natural waistline.

For a triangular frame

If your shoulders are narrower than your hips, this is you. In order to create balanced proportions, you’ll want to go for pieces that draw the eyes up.

triangle shape casual outfit

Casual Looks

Tops with embellishments, dramatic sleeves, or scoop-neck designs are great for bringing the spotlight to your upper half. And when paired with jeans or pants that have a slim-straight cut with a high rise, you have a streamlined look. Our women's denim fit guide provides more great tips on finding the perfect fit for your body type.

triangle shape dressy looks

Dressing up

Skirts and dresses with A-line silhouettes look great on triangular body shapes, because they help define the waist without being too restricting on your hips. To really bring the drama to your top half, look for 3D details like ruffles and top the look off with statement earrings

triangle shape workwear ideas

Headed to work

Color also works as a focal point. Try contrasting lighter and brighter tops with dark pants and skirts. You can even play with patterns here, as well. Blouses with interesting, work-appropriate prints are great for bringing focus to your upper body.

For a rectangular frame

Bodies that are straight from the shoulders to the hips are categorized as—you guessed it—rectangular. There are so many flattering options to choose from, but the key here is to create curves.

rectangular frame womens looks

Going Casual

Because this shape tends to be linear, you have the option to highlight your favorite asset. If you want to create the appearance of a fuller chest, choose a top with a sweetheart neckline, scoop neck, or detailed collar. Looking to show off your legs? You can easily pull off bootcut, flared, and wide-leg jeans.

rectangle body type workwear

Headed to work

A structured blazer is not only a power piece for the office, it also helps create the illusion of curves thanks to its tailored shape. Pair it with a cropped, wide-leg pant to add dimension to your otherwise boxy frame.  

rectangle body shape dressy looks

Dressing up

Again, this is all about selecting pieces that have some shape. Think cinched waists, full skirts, and bold prints. A midi-length A-line, for instance, creates a waistline and lengthens your legs, especially when worn with pointed-toe shoes. 

Want to know more about how to dress for your body shape? Check out our fit guides on denim and swimwear

Trunk Club offers a wide range of sizing and fit options. Message a stylist today to get started.

At Trunk Club, our stylists help people build their best wardrobes by discovering what fits their body, their budget, and their personal style.