Clothing Staples to Flatter Your Body Type

The secret to any great outfit and comes from picking the right statement pieces. “Statement pieces” doesn’t mean splurging and buying expensive garments, but suitable and appropriate ones that will look good on you and flatter the body type.

SO many women make the mistake of choosing clothes that are not suitable for their body type. The choice of the wrong type of clothes has the power to diminish one's appearance and present a totally different styling picture for that individual.

To help out in making the best possible styling choices and what type of clothes to pick, our team at Effortlyss Style has composed a quick styling guide about which clothing staples will flatter YOUR specific body type. Take a look!

Straight body shape:

The straight body type, also known as a rectangle body shape, gives the look of balanced and equal proportions especially regarding the shoulders and the hips. This is usually the type of body type of the Gigi Hadid’s and Kendall Jenner’s of the world. The clothing staples that flatter this body type are:

- Halter-neck tops

- A-line skirts and dresses

- Off-the-shoulder tops, open shoulder tops

- Structured blazers

- Palazzo pants

- “Boyfriend” and “mom” fit jeans.


Apple body shape:

The apple shape features heavier proportions on the top half of the body versus the bottom half. This could look something like - broad shoulders, wider bust line, and thin legs. Dressing for this body shape requires keeping the volume down on the top part and flaunting and accentuating the legs. Some flattering clothing staples for the apple shape are:

- Mini-skirts

- Dresses with texture on the skirt – ruffles, etc.

- Flowy tops

- V-neck and wrap tops

- Bootcut jeans

- Wide-leg pants.


Pear body shape:

The pear body shape, contrary to the apple body shape, defines and adds volume to the lower part of the body, accentuating the booty and the thighs. It is important to add volume on the upper part, by stronger tops and subtler bottoms. Dressing accordingly to this body type should include garments such as:

-A-line skirts and dresses

- wide-leg pants

- dresses and jumpsuits with cinched waistlines

- crop tops, etc.


Hourglass body shape:

Oh the hourglass. The Kim-K of body types. This shape presents a look of proportion on the top and bottom, with a special accent on smaller waist line. As desirable as this specific body type is, it can be one of the hardest to style! The clothing garments that flatter this body type are:

- Shaping dresses (body con, accented waist lines, etc.)

- Deep plunging neck lines

- High-waist jeans

- Skinny jeans

- Crop tops

- Cropped jackets

- Belted dresses

- Belted outerwear


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