Books On How To Dress For Your Body Type

There are different types of bodies: hourglass, pear, apple, straight and inverted triangle. Identify your body type to dress and look better!

Wide shoulders or hips, more or less curves, enviable legs, cleavage or arms. We help you identify the different types of bodies and what garments to wear with each one to favor your figure or those of the clients you dress. 😉

To make it easier for you, we’ve put together a list of the best books on how to dress for your Body Type

  • How to Dress: Secret styling tips from a fashion insider
    by Alexandra Fullerton and Bijou Karman | Oct 26, 2018
  • How to Dress for Success
    by HEAD EDITH | Mar 18, 2009
  • Wardrobe Wisdom: How to dress and take care of your clothes
    by Alicia Healey | Mar 1, 2019
  • Dress Like a Man: A Style Guide for Practical Men Wanting to Improve Their Professional Personal Appearance
    by Antonio Centeno, Geoffrey Cubbage, et al.
  • Style and Masculine Elegance : How To Dress Like A Real Gentleman
    Style and Masculine Elegance : How To Dress Like A Real Gentleman
    by Kamal Jahid | Apr 18, 2016
  • Kate: How to Dress Like a Style Icon: Fashion from a Royal Role Model
    by Caroline Jones | May 1, 2018
  • How to Get Dressed: A Costume Designer’s Secrets for Making Your Clothes Look, Fit, and Feel Amazing
    by Alison Freer | Apr 14, 2015
  • How to Not Wear Black: Find Your Style and Create Your Forever Wardrobe
    by Anna Murphy | Sep 3, 2019
  • Dress Your Best Life: How to Use Fashion Psychology to Take Your Look – and Your Life – to the Next Level
    by Dawnn Karen, Jeanette Illidge, et al.
    4.6 out of 5 stars 88
  • How to Look Elegant Every Day!: Colors, Makeup, Clothing, Skin & Hair, Posture and More (Elegance)
    Book 1 of 2: Elegance | by Virginia Lia | Dec 28, 2016
  • How to Read a Dress: A Guide to Changing Fashion from the 16th to the 21st Century
    by Lydia Edwards | Nov 18, 2021
  • The Curated Closet: A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style and Building Your Dream Wardrobe
    by Anuschka Rees | Sep 20, 2016
  • How to Dress an Egg: Surprising and Simple Ways to Cook Dinner
    by Ned Baldwin and Peter Kaminsky | Apr 7, 2020
  • How to Read a Dress: A Guide to Changing Fashion from the 16th to the 20th Century
    by Lydia Edwards | Mar 8, 2019
  • The Ultimate Book of Outfit Formulas: A Stylish Solution to What Should I Wear?
    by Alison Lumbatis | Sep 14, 2021
  • How to Read a Suit: A Guide to Changing Men’s Fashion from the 17th to the 20th Century
    by Lydia Edwards | Feb 6, 2020
  • How to Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor’s Secrets to Getting Gorgeous without Breaking the Bank
    by Andrea Pomerantz Lustig | Aug 7, 2012
  • Yes, You Can Wear That: How to Look and Feel Fierce at Any Size
    by Abby Hoy | Nov 9, 2021
  • How To Dress Like It’s The Sixties
    by Mandy Morello | Dec 8, 2020
    4.8 out of 5 stars 6
  • Say Yes to What’s Next: How to Age with Elegance and Class While Never Losing Your Beauty and Sass!
    by Lori Allen | Jul 14, 2020

The best way to define your body type is to look in the mirror in tight clothing and identify its shape. What stands out the most? The shoulders, the hips, the waist. The measurements are not exact since some of us are more round and others are more oval. Check out the different shapes and remember what clothes made you look better in the past. 


In this body type the shoulders are the same width as the hips and a pronounced waist. If you have this body type, here are some tips to look perfect:

  • Take advantage of skirts that mark your waist and tight-fitting at the hips. A midi skirt this season will be ideal for you.
  • Try to avoid bright colors and large prints on the bottom and boxy shapes.
  • If your waist is very defined, take advantage of it. Any coat or dress that has a belt or bow at the waist will be a good ally.


A marked waist, top heavier than the hips are characteristics of this body type. To look perfect:

  • Tops with V-necklines that are not too deep or wide. To everything that marks straight lines, give a resounding yes. For example, a thin shawl or a flyaway cardigan with a draped front will make your bust look smaller.
  • Yes to jeans with wide sleeves or straight jeans. Yes to cargos and definitely yes to flared or A-line skirts.
  • Don’t forget halter tops! They will accentuate your figure and your arms, and your bust will look smaller and balanced with your waist.


If you have more volume in the lower part of your silhouette. Or your arms are thin and you have little bust, your body type is like a pear. Here the shoulders are narrower than the hips.

  • To look perfect, balance the width of the shoulders with the hips and try to visually lengthen and stylize the body.
  • Emphasizing the waist is an excellent alternative. Choose dresses or blouses with bows and incorporate a thin belt to your garments.
  • Use plain skirts and pants and prints on top.
  • The deep neckline or v-shaped neckline will make you look more stylized.


Do you have rounded shoulders, waist and hips? Generally, your arms and legs are slender and you tend to have volume in your abdomen. Don’t despair!

  • Avoid very low and very high waists and waists. You should draw attention away from the center of your body.
  • Don’t wear tight clothes on top.
  • Show off your legs and arms! Make the most of sleeveless skirts and blouses. 3/4 sleeves are a trick to make you look slimmer as they cover the rounder part of your arms.
  • Make the most of your bust. Choose garments with a V-neckline that slim your neck and show off your chest. Avoid necklines decorated with rhinestones and boat cut or bare shoulders.
  • Say goodbye! to necklaces and overloaded accessories. Avoid anything that adds volume.
  • Choose blouses that fall lower than the hips. Tunic style blouses are ideal.


This body type has few curves. YES, I said few, not none. If your body has a rectangle shape, you can afford to create volume in any area. Your waist is not very defined, therefore, you must give the illusion of having it without drawing attention to the lack of it.

  • First rule, no details on the waist. Forget about belts, trench coats, waist pockets on jackets or wearing a blouse inside a skirt or pants.
  • Empire dresses, tight under the bust and long towards the hips.
  • Choose asymmetrical skirts with hemline detailing.
  • Choose straight, wide leg or boot leg pants. Look for which one suits you best depending on the length of your legs and hips.
  • Avoid coats and dresses with crossover necklines. They will make you look even narrower and squarer.


In this body type, the volume is concentrated at the top. The shoulders are wider than the hips. The goal when dressing is to try to balance the curves.

  • Choose skirts with volume. Flared or A-line skirts are right for you. You can also use thick fabrics at the bottom, balloon skirts, with boards and even light or bright colors. This will visually offset the volume of your top. If your shoulders are only slightly wider than your hips, you can wear straight skirts.
  • Pants can be either skinny jeans or straight, boot cut, elephant leg or oxford style.
  • You can wear bold prints on the bottom, such as horizontal stripes and floral prints.
  • Avoid ruffles and bold prints on the top.
  • Avoid using shoulder pads on your tops and favor dolman and raglan sleeves that de-emphasize the shoulders.
  • Choose longer coats and coats and not those that reach the waist so you don’t look boxy.

Beyond your body type, remember that the tone of the garment is essential when we want to hide our areas with more volume. Dark colors always tend to stylize and visually slim us. Use them in the areas where you need to hide your roundness. And remember that if you dress in the same color from head to toe, you will look taller and slimmer! Start practicing and attract all eyes!

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Written by Ashly le Roi

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