Sexy at Any Size: How to Dress for YOUR Body Type

A woman’s unique physique goes way beyond tall or petite, thin or curvy. Each of us falls under a specific category, based on our most dominant physical characteristics. But here’s the good news…EVERY body is beautiful.

Yep, you heard me.

All of ’em. Across the board.

But suppose you just don’t feel beautiful in your own skin, despite what I – or anyone else – might say to the contrary? Well, that’s where fashion comes into play! Uh huh. No matter the figure, there’s an article of clothing specifically stitched to flatter it. And choosing the right fit and style might just nudge you toward self-acceptance.

‘Cause when an outfit looks like it was tailor-made for Y-O-U, that sensation of damn, I look good!” radiates outward.

Sure, external beauty is only surface-deep…but sometimes it can do wonders for internal confidence. So, if you’re lacking some lovin’ for that lovely shape, simply follow this guide for dressing to accentuate what you can tolerate, while downplaying what makes you feel self-conscious.

These are my personal suggestions. And they’re yours for the taking!


If you have a slender build…

slender body type(image courtesy of misspurpleheart.com)

  • Some Key Features:
  1. small frame/fine bones
  2. naturally low body fat
  3. narrow shoulders
  4. small chest/butt
  5. lightly muscled
  • Flattering Outfit Options:
  1. high frilly necklines
  2. fluted/peplum detailing
  3. bright color-blocking
  4. layered separates
  5. boot-leg trousers
  6. pleated skirts/dresses
  7. trapeze-style jackets

If you have an athletic build…

athletic body type(image courtesy of foranywoman.com)

  • Some Key Features:
  1. medium-sized bones
  2. evenly-distributed body fat
  3. broad/square shoulders
  4. small chest/rounded butt
  5. naturally long, lean, muscular
  • Flattering Outfit Options:
  1. halter necklines
  2. bold geometric patterns
  3. breast pockets/ruffles
  4. flowy blouses
  5. thin shoulder straps
  6. tulip-shaped skirts
  7. streamlined maxi-dresses

If you have an hourglass build…

hourglass body type      (image courtesy of rfabeauty.com)

  • Some Key Features:
  1. medium-sized bones
  2. evenly-distributed body fat
  3. balanced chest and hip sizes
  4. defined waistline
  5. naturally curvaceous
  • Flattering Outfit Options:
  1. v-necklines
  2. wraparound waists
  3. solid dark colors
  4. close-fitting seams
  5. a-line skirts
  6. floor-length dresses
  7. single-breasted jackets

If you have a triangle build…

triangle body type(image courtesy of yuppee.com)

  • Key Features:
  1. medium/large bones
  2. average/high body fat
  3. narrow shoulders
  4. proportionally small chest
  5. full waistline, hips, butt
  • Flattering Outfit Options:
  1. sweetheart necklines
  2. draped fabric
  3. contoured panel seams
  4. short cap sleeves
  5. wide-legged trousers
  6. empire-waist blouses
  7. patterned tops/solid bottoms

If you have a rectangle build…

rectangle body type(image courtesy of misspurpleheart.com)

  • Some Key Features:
  1. medium/large bones
  2. average/high body fat
  3. balanced chest and hip sizes
  4. undefined waistline
  5. lightly muscled
  • Flattering Outfit Options:
  1. scooped boat necklines
  2. vertical/chevron stripes
  3. split-waist kaftans
  4. sheath dresses
  5. wide-belted jackets
  6. low-rise paneled bottoms
  7. black/charcoal gray

If you have an inverted-triangle build…

inverted triangle body type(image courtesy of demon-media.co.uk)

  • Key Features:
  1. small/medium-sized bones
  2. high body fat in upper torso
  3. proportionally large chest
  4. broad/square shoulders
  5. narrow hips/thighs
  • Flattering Outfit Options:
  1. cinched/ruched waists
  2. strapless tops/dresses
  3. solid colors on top
  4. above-the-knee skirts
  5. hip-line embellishments
  6. voluminous bottoms
  7. skinny jeans

See? It’s not rocket-science. Just good shopper-sense.

(And a side affect from years of reading Vogue.)

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