Chances are, you’ve seen it all when it comes to “The Best ___ for Your Body Type.” Now, this is great when you need help deciding on your perfect bra, a pair of jeans or any other single item or style of clothing. However, the process of creating an entirely flattering outfit involves more than simply knowing the best dress style for your body shape. It’s about knowing how to style these pieces and pair them with other flattering items in your wardrobe.
There are some outfits that are flattering on multiple (or even all) body shapes. There are certain outfits that tend to be most flattering on one body shape in particular but still look great on others, too. The possibilities are truly endless and the main idea is to focus on what you feel best wearing. For ideas and inspiration, here are some flattering fall outfit ideas for every body shape.
- Monochromatic Dress and Jacket (All Body Types): When in doubt about your outfit, it’s always a good idea to go with a monochromatic theme. Not only is it generally pleasing to the eye, but it also gives off the vibe that you took more time to thoughtfully curate an outfit. In reality, monochromatic looks are as easy as putting similar colors together. For a killer yet classic fall look, dive into an all-black ensemble.
This truly is a flattering option for all body shapes because you can tailor the look to include pieces or styles that accentuate your own body. For example, if you have an hourglass shape, you might think about showing off the curve of your waist with shapewear leggings paired with a cropped black sweater, black ankle boots and a pair of black sunglasses.
- High-Waisted Jeans and Fitted Blouse (Petite, Tall and Others): Though it might seem odd to include both tall and petite shapes in the same outfit idea, it might make more sense when you think about how the two might want to draw attention to the same areas. If you’re petite, it can make you look taller and more long-legged if your waist appears to sit higher.
If you’re tall, on the other hand, you might want to show off your long legs and accentuate your waist position. This is best achieved by creating a visible line of definition within your waist in the form of high-waisted pants or a skirt. Tuck your favorite fall blouse or thin sweater into the waist of your chosen bottoms to add to your waist definition. As with any fitted outfit, you want to avoid creases or bumps caused by your choice in underwear, so opt for smoothing undergarments.
- Fitted Top and Full Skirt (Apple, Pear and Others): Apple and pear shapes are almost the exact opposite from each other, but they have some similarities when it comes to the science behind finding their most flattering styles of clothing. To avoid making either the top or the bottom of your body look noticeably larger or wider depending on your shape, it’s important to create balance for both of these. For apple shapes, you want to fill out or add body and flared styles to the bottom in order to create a flattering, balanced look. Pear shapes, on the other hand, might want to accentuate a slimmer torso by opting for a fitted top. A fit-and-flare dress, flared jeans or a dress or skirt with a fuller bottom half can help you create a super flattering look, no matter which fruit you associate with your body shape.
The apple and pear shapes, in particular, might see a more noticeable difference in this type of outfit by including a piece of shaping underwear. Shapewear for women with apple or pear shapes can help create a secure, flattering balance between the top and bottom of the body. It’s also great for people with other body shapes who think shapewear might make them feel more comfortable and confident!
- Tie-Waist Skirt or Dress and Knit Top (Hourglass, Curvy and Others): It’s so much fun to dress up during the winter months. Midi or maxi dresses and skirts are perfect for any nicer outing, and styles that feature a tied waist are super flattering on those with curvy or hourglass shapes because they might want to accentuate and define the waist area. If you have a beautiful curvy shape, you might think about creating a more defined waistline with a tie-waist midi skirt and a knit turtleneck on top. You can add a shaper short for more defined results or if your skirt is more fitted. If you have more of an hourglass shape, a tied waist will show off the natural curve of your midsection. A chunky or oversized knit sweater on top will create a bit of drama that’s still flattering.