Tips for Dressing Fashionably Whatever Your Body Type

Part of the Fashion For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Being in style doesn’t require a perfect body. Whatever your shape, you can use your fashion know-how to select clothing that makes the most of what you’ve got.

If You’re… Do This…
Apple-shaped Wear V-necks; they draw attention away from your waist
Show off your great legs by wearing skirts and dresses
Wear jackets that hit below the waist
Pear-shaped Make sure your bottom is darker than your top
Don’t wear pants and skirts with pleats and side pockets
Show off your fabulous shoulders by wearing off the shoulder tops
Short-waisted Avoid dresses with a waistband
Wear a longer tunic type top
Wear low-waisted jeans
Long-waisted Wear different colors on the top and bottom
Avoid stomach-baring tops and hip huggers
Opt for short jackets
Plus-sized Wear small prints or solid colors rather than large prints
Wear fab earrings or a great necklace as attention grabbers
Wear flared pants or jeans to provide better overall proportion
Petite Wear clothes with vertical lines to look taller
Avoid cutting yourself in half with wide belts or sashes
Go for a monochromatic look to appear taller
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