How to Dress According to Body Type

by era on April 12, 2011 · 12 comments

People associate fashion with size whereas it is all about proportions. The first and the foremost rule in fashion is to know your body shape and dress accordingly. You can look flattering irrespective of your size once you start following this rule. This article will help you understand the basic body shapes and what looks best on them.

body shapesFollowing are the basic body shapes:

Short Legs and Long Torso

•    Your waist will be lower than your bent elbow.
•    Typically your bottom will be low and heavy.

Style aims: You should try and create the illusion of longer legs and shorter torso. You should aim at drawing the attention towards your shoulder and face.

Should wear:
•    Short to medium-long tops
•    Dark pants or skirts with medium or light tops
•    Straight skirts
•    Belts (medium to wide)
•    Straight pants
•    Medium to high heels
•    Wearing layered tops also helps

Should not wear:
•    Cropped pants
•    Tight or tapered pants and skirts
•    Any thing with a dropped waistband

Long Legs and Short Torso

•    Your waist will be higher than your bent elbow.
•    You tend to put on weight around your waist.

Style aims: You should try and create the illusion of longer mid-torso and shorter legs.

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Should wear:
•    Flared skirts
•    Low rise pants
•    Medium to long tops
•    Dark tops with lighter shade pants or skirts
•    Narrow waistbands

Should not wear:
•    Short tops
•    Wide belts
•    Paints or skirts with high waists
•    Pin stripes
•    Tapered paints and skirts
•    Never tuck your top

Bottom Heavy body

•    You typically have narrow shoulders
•    Heavy thighs and bottom

Style aims: You should try to bring attention to the top half of your body rather than the problem areas.

Should wear:
•    Flat front trousers
•    Vertical patterns
•    Light coloured tops with dark bottoms
•    Garments with beautiful necklines

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Should not wear:
•    Tapered pants
•    Slim jeans
•    Pencil skirts
•    Straight button dress that is tight at hips

Top and Bottom Heavy body

•    Upper body length is about the same as lower body length
•    Proportionally slim arms and legs

Style aims: Your main aim should be to elongate your mid-torso.

Should wear:
•    V neck t-shirts
•    Pencil skirts
•    Single button jackets
•    Waist defining garments
•    Medium long tops
•    Low rise pants

Should not wear:
•    Wide cut pants
•    High waist garments
•    Short tops
•    Wide belts

Hope these suggestions help you decide what to wear and accentuate your best parts.

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How To Choose Jeans For Your Body Type
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Swati April 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Wonderful Article… :clap: :clap: one should know what to wear & what no to instead of looking :joker: .. i’ve Bottom Heavy body & i’ve make a note for what to shop now.. :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:


Sanjeev April 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm



Jinal April 12, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I dont know what body type I have….may be roundy round :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:


Swati April 12, 2011 at 2:09 pm

bt i can see u have Curves… :spank: :spank:


Noopur April 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm

dats a really nice one era… :) :) :)


rids April 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm



varshini April 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm

kool one era…realy very useful :))


Gargi April 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm

wat abt size zero or -1? ?:) ?:) ?:)


bhumika April 12, 2011 at 7:30 pm

awesome 1 era :yes: :yes:


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