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Dress right for your body type

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Curvy or flat, pick up outfits that flatter your body shape. Quit envying your favourite celeb’s perfect body or your friend’s toned legs. Figure out your body shape and even you can dress to evoke envy.

fashion and trends Updated: Nov 29, 2012 14:30 IST
Arpita Kala

Quit envying your favourite celeb’s perfect body or your friend’s toned legs. Figure out your body shape and even you can dress to evoke envy. “Every woman has one plus point. The trick is to find out yours and highlight it,” says designer Dilnaz Karbhary, who designed for actor Farah Khan in the movie, Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi. Though an apple body type, Farah has slim calves and wore skirts and dresses to flaunt them, says Karbhary. So, whether you moan about your paunch or the absence of curves, we tell you all about dressing according to your body shape.


If you’re lucky enough to have this body shape, then join the ranks of celebs like Jennifer Lopez, Shilpa Shetty and Bipasha Basu. Your chest and derriere measure almost equal while your waist is narrower than your bust and hips.


The best tip for an hourglass figure is to wear a belt or opt for a dress or a top that cinches your waist in order to show off your shape.

Pants with a wide waist band, high-waisted skirts and trousers work best for you. Make sure to emphasise the slimness of your waist.

Avoid shift dresses and loose, straight-fitting dresses that make you look frumpy. If you’re worried about wearing a tight dress, try body control underwear or slimming intimates as this will smooth out any potential problem areas. Avoid turtle neck tops or boxy sweaters.

Apple shape
If the measurement of your waist is equal to or larger than your hips or bust (2-4 inch difference between the three), you have an apple- shaped body like celebs Kareena Kapoor, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Drew Barrymore

Stay clear of short tops, always opt for tops that cover the hip area and wear tapered trousers, which will elongate your legs and make them look slimmer.
An A-line dress will suit an apple shape because it provides angular structure underneath the chest and the width along the bottom can help make your waist appear smaller. Adding a belt will nip your figure in at the waist, showing off your gorgeous curves. If you’ve got a tummy, a shift dress that hangs from the top half of your body is great for concealing any bumps. Add a pair of leggings and a jacket to it and you are winter chic.
Avoid fitted or tailored pieces, especially those with a waistband that will draw attention to your middle. Instead, opt for trousers and skirts that are straight.

Pear shape
If your waist and bust is smaller than your hips, you have a pear-shaped body like singer Beyoncé and actor Sonam Kapoor.


One of the best styles for this shape is a wrap dress that is tight-fitting but with ruffles or a deep neck. Wrap dresses float over your hips so all the attention will be on the detailing and v-necks will elongate your midriff and draw attention to the upper half of your body.
You can also opt for a sheath dress that has design or detailing like ruffles or a collar. This will help create the illusion of a perfect, balanced hourglass figure.
Avoid fitted skirts and clingy trousers with big pockets. Don’t wear tunics or tops that end near the hips as they will make your hips look bigger.

Ruler No-curve
An athletic or ruler body type person does not have curves. It means the top, waist and the bottom are all in one line like actor Anushka Sharma, Freida Pinto and Keira Knightely.


Choose well-fitting dresses that will show off your toned figure. Peplum-styled dresses and skirts will give a feminine look and create an illusion of curves. Adding a statement belt to your dress is also a chic move for you.
Team flowy tops with floral patterns with fitted, straight pants to soften your shape. Experimenting with colour-blocking will also suit your shape.
Avoid straight-fitting tunics or dresses that do not have a defined waist line.