Polish your style: how to dress for your body shape


We all want to look stylish. But what if we like a certain piece of clothing so much but it just doesn’t look good? Given we picked the right color, the answer could be that it doesn’t suit your body shape!

Here is a quick run down of the most common body shapes and how to determine which body type you are. This will help you choose the most flattering cuts for your shape!

body shapes

PEAR shape:

You’re a pear, if: 

The hip measurement will be the largest, with narrow shoulders and defined waist. Pear shapes can be mistaken for being hourglass. The difference is that you most likely have a slim upper body as opposed to an hourglass which has both bottom and upper body voluptuousness.

Examples: Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rihanna.

Best wear: Anything fitted on your upper body and a belted waist followed by a flared or A-line skirt is the best choice for you. Opt for darker colours to slim your bottom half and lighter coloured tops to draw attention to your upper body. Add chunky statement accessories.


You’re athletic, if: 

Athletic body types are top heavy with broad shoulders, well defined arms and a toned belly. Think gymnast. You’re toned, without much curve and your hips are square.

Examples: Maria Sharapova, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Middleton

Best wear: Same as for the Slender body type, you can wear almost anything. You’ll rock anything sport chic, skinny jeans and short shorts like no one else. If you wish to accentuate your feminine features choose A-line dresses and skirts that will show off your body. Highlight your waist with belts.

SLENDER (also referred as “Boy”):

You are slender if: 

Lean, light build body, small joints, long limbs, a flat chest, small shoulders and not curvy. Your hip measurements will be almost the same as your chest and your waist will be slightly less.

Examples: Jada Pinkett Smith, Milla Jovovich, Keira Knightley.

Best wear: Most clothes will fit you perfectly and seriously, you can wear whatever you want! To avoid looking too androgynous highlight your femininity with frills, fluted edges and ruffles to create more volume and feminine curves. Long statement necklaces that fall around the bust area would be also great.

SLENDER body type (also referred as "Boy"):


You’re a hourglass, if: 

Shoulder and hips are the same measurement while the waist measurement is considerably smaller (25% less).

Examples: Beyonce, Jessica Simpson, Halle Berry.

Best wear: A Hourglass body shape is the best looking in a bikini! As for clothes, you should be accentuating your waistline and choose well fitted styles. You can wear any shape skirt but the pencil skirt is the most flattering on you. Stay away from tank tops as they will give volume to your arms. Also avoid large square dresses.


You’re an Apple, if: 

Hip and shoulder measurements will be almost the same and the waist will be very similar or larger than the hip/shoulder measurement.

Examples: Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Osbourne, Britney Spears.

Best wear: Usually Apple shapes have great legs. So your best choice would be anything that shows off your legs and lose around your waist. Loose short dresses paired with high heels, skinny jeans paired with a loose blouse, printed pants. Avoid lose jeans.

That’s the basics. We’ll be going into this subject in much more detail in our upcoming “Polish Your Style” book!



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  1. Courtney January 17, 2013

    Thanks for sharing, great post! Always handy to know which body parts to focus on when dressing!

  2. Rin January 17, 2013

    Hmmm… I’m guessing I’m in between athletic & slender (without actually being slender)! This was a very good read :)

  3. Maria V January 21, 2013

     haha I know what you mean, slender but not really. My type too! Screams: “someone take those Ferrero Roche s away from me!”

  4. Anya Volkov January 18, 2013

    Love it! I think I’m either pear or hourglass shaped, I haven’t measured to work it out! But A-line skirts and dresses have become my best friends over the years, so glad I discovered that early in my work life ;)

  5. Antonia-Ivana K. January 18, 2013

    It is crucial to know your own body shape if you want to develop a great style. Unfortunately, almost no one knows it so that this post is great. 

    Apropos polish your style: Will you sell your “Polish your style” book worldwide?

  6. Maria V January 21, 2013

     Yes, the book will be available for everyone, worldwide – it will be e-book! xx

  7. Dainty Doll January 19, 2013

    I’m between slender & athletic…getting more athletic though ;) I have to have fitted clothes as anything too baggy and I look like a little kid trying to wear grown up clothes, ha ha!! xx

  8. Maria V January 21, 2013

     Hopefully I’ll start getting more athletic soon too :) babies, what do they do to us!?
    Hope you had a relaxing weekend, my lovely friend! xx

  9. Johanna Vilhunen January 19, 2013

    Great post, I personally have no idea which body type I am, but when I figure it out, this post will be so helpful. Thanks for sharing! <3 xoxo

  10. Maria V January 21, 2013

     To determine your body type, you just need to measure to find our which part is dominant (chest, hips or waist) or maybe they are even, i.e. slender type. Then see description for each body type. Hope his helps! xx