As much as most of us have something about our bodies that we would like to change, unfortunately the vast majority of us are not what we perceive to be the “perfect body shape” (only about 2% of people have an hourglass). No worries, you’re in good company! With a bit of fashion in mind, you can give the illusion of having a very nice figure and looking fit. Overall, there are five different types of body shapes: the oval, triangle, inverted triangle, hourglass and rectangle.

Oval (Apple)


Often, those with an oval shape are also described as having an "apple" shape. You can be thin or curvy and still be an oval shape. If you have an oval-shaped body you generally have good proportions but have a thicker waist and a wider bottom. However, you tend to have nice shoulders, breasts and legs. This means that your bust is larger, you have broad shoulders and your legs are thinner in proportion to your waist.


Oval (apple) shaped Celebrities: Drew Barrymore, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Elizabeth Hurley, Oprah Winfrey

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What To Wear

The most important thing to do is to bring out your best features! Wear shirts and dresses with a lower neckline, such as a V-neck, to bring attention to your neck, collarbone and breasts rather than your mid-section. These types of tops are also very flattering because they show off your collarbone, which is the most delicate looking part of a person. Also, nearly everyone has nice collarbones.

Also, wearing longer length tops will help to hide less flattering mid-sections. Wearing a darker top will draw attention away from the waist and bottom and more towards the shoulder up and legs down. Conversely, wearing brighter clothing for legs such as a colorful skirt will bring more attention to your legs and help you get the best body shape.

What Not To Wear

Short tops or midriff tops are not appealing for an oval body shape since they do nothing to lengthen, and thus thin the torso. In the winter, avoid turtlenecks. Turtlenecks will only make your bust look “clumped” and accentuate your waist.

Triangle (Pear)


The triangle shape is also referred to as the "pear" shape, or having a pear bottom. You have a thinner torso, but larger hips. This means that you are shapely on the bottom, but have relatively thinner shoulders and bust. The most important part is to accentuate your shape on the bottom and put more structure on the top half of your body.


Triangle (pear) shaped celebrities: Beyonce Knowles, Shakira, Kate Hudson, America Ferrera

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What To Wear

The key here is balancing things out. You can give the effect of having more proportion on top by wearing tops that have more “accessories” and decorations on them such as a wide collar or large buttons. Wearing bright, noticeable tops helps as well, in addition to darker bottoms. Loose fitting skirts also work nicely. Wear accessories on your upper body such as large earrings or a necklace. 

What Not To Wear

Avoid wearing tight bottoms or skirts, as these will make your hips look larger. On a similar note, bright bottoms or pants mixed with a dark top will make your body seem more disproportionate.

Inverted Triangle


 An inverted triangle is basically like if you were shaped with larger proportions on top, such as wide shoulders and larger bust, and small proportions on the bottom, which includes thin legs and smaller hips. The key here is to avoid wearing clothing that accentuates your top half too much, making you look top-heavy.


Inverted triangle shaped celebrities: Dolly Parton, Jessica Simpson, Scarlett Johansson

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What To Wear

A V-neck top or dress can do wonders for your body type since it accentuates your best body parts. Also, a longer top will lengthen your torso, making it look longer while emphasizing the waist. Shapely skirts and dresses can help to balance out the top by making the top half of your body look smaller in proportion.

What Not To Wear

Tops that have a lot of decorations, such as a lot of frills, will make the top half of your body look even larger. It’s better to keep the top simpler in design.



Lucky you! Many people consider this to be the ideal body shape. If you have an hourglass shape, you will have a fuller bust and bottom with a smaller waist in the middle. It’s best to show off your curves with clothing that fits properly and doesn’t sag.


Hourglass shaped celebrities:Halle Berry, Jessica Alba, Kim Kardashian

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What To Wear

Wear snug (not tight) fitting clothing that accentuates your waist, such as dresses or tops that cinch at the waist, or belts around the waist. Also, wearing tops that cut right before the bust can help accentuate your curves.

What Not To Wear

Avoid baggy, overly loose shirts or bottoms, since these will hide your curves. Also, avoid empire style dresses since these will hide your small waist.



If you’ve got a rectangle body shape, these means that your body shape is fairly straight. There are likely little curves in the way of bust, waist and hips. Although you want to create curves and shape, a benefit is that you can wear more daring clothes than other body types.


Rectangle shaped celebrities: Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightley, Nicole Ritchie

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What To Wear

Wear tops and bottoms that have add detail to your bust and hips. For example, you could wear tops with more frills to create the look of a larger bust, or a belt to create the illusion of more hips. Try wearing clothing with more texture and shape. In the winter, you can get also away with wearing turtlenecks unlike many other body shapes. 

What Not To Wear

Bland clothing that lacks shape or structure can make your body lack curves. Also, be careful about dresses that are too short, as these can make you look wiry.

Closing note

Remember to be happy with who you are. we are all different shapes and sizes for a reason! Experiment with different clothing styles and see what you like best; there are styles out there that are bound to make you look good. With these types in mind, you can dress the best way possible to have the best looking body.