Do you know why celebrities always look amazing? The secret is a good pair of Spanx and a stylist who knows just how to flatter the unique shape of each of their clients. When it comes to fashion, it’s not as easy as one style fits all. Knowing how to dress for your body shape, doesn’t just mean knowing your size, it means knowing how to flatter your figure. Done right, whatever your size, you’ll always look great – and you don’t need to be a stylist!

What’s Your Body Shape?

Brands use letters and digits to define size, but your shape isn’t simply a digit. If you’re a size 16 with bountiful bosoms, you won’t be wearing the same style clothes as a size 16 woman with a smaller bust and bigger hips. One size might fit both, but that doesn’t mean it’ll suit both. Solution? Know your shape.

Plus Size Apple Body Type

Apple shape bodies tend to carry weight on their stomachs and have reasonably broad shoulders with a bigger bust, a wide tummy, and proportionate hips, but with slimmer legs and arms, and a flat bottom.

Celebrities With an Apple Body Shape

Rebel Wilson, Melissa McCarthy, Adele (below, left to right), and Queen Latifah.

apple shape celebrities

How To Flatter an Apple Body Shape

As an Apple, your legs and bust should be center points of attention. Achieve this with A-line skirts, narrow-leg pants, and v-neck tops. A well-fitted, supportive bra is essential. Avoid printed tops (yes, black does actually make you look slimmer), and silk or cotton tops that cling to your body, as these draw attention to your midsection. The main thing to remember is to draw attention away from your middle section.

Plus Size Pear Body Type

Pear shape bodies have nslender shoulders and a bust that’s visibly narrower than the hips and thighs, which are wider and often rounder.

Celebrities With a Pear Body

Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Christina Hendricks (below, left to right) – you’re in good company!

pear shaped celebrities

How To Flatter a Pear Body Shape

Some women with a pear shape opt to flatter and highlight their hips (Kim K, we’re looking at you), whereas others prefer to play the contrast down. Dark colors on your lower body will help to disguise wider hips; similarly, large back pockets can make your bottom appear smaller. Create the illusion of an hourglass figure with moderately sized shoulder pads – you’re in luck because they’re hot for 2017. Boat necks will draw attention up to your bust, which can be complemented by beading and kimono-style sleeves, while wide-leg pants will balance out your hips and make your legs look longer and slimmer – yes please!

Plus Size Rectangle Body Type

Rectangle shape bodies tend to have a straight figure with a bust and hipline that isn’t broken up by a narrow waist. If you’re a rectangle, you’re one of 30% of women in that body shape category, and you have an easy job of dressing for your shape. Most models have straight rectangular figures.

Celebrities With a Rectangle Body

Kate Upton, Octavia Spencer, Mariah Carey, (below, left to right), and Kelly Clarkson.

rectangular shaped celebrities

How To Dress For a Rectangle Body

Plus size rectangle shapes should look for clothes that will fake a waist and create the illusion of curves. A-line skirts, skater skirts, high-waisted trousers, and wrap dresses will create the illusion of a narrower waist. Another great way to contour your figure is opting for draped necklines that finish at your bust.

Plus Size Hourglass Body Type

Hourglass bodies usually have a large bust, defined waist, and well-proportioned hips that are virtually identical in width to the bust.

Celebrities With an Hourglass Body

Sofia Vergara, Salma Hayek, Dita Von Teese (below, left to right), and Sophia Loren.

hourglass shape celebrities

How To Dress For an Hourglass Body

The hourglass shape is probably the most desirable figure shape and makes styling yourself much easier. Show off your curves with high-waist pencil skirts and loose blouses, which will flatter your bust and hips and accentuate your waist. Waist-length jackets will accentuate your narrow waist while A-line skirts and skater styles will further enhance your figure. Opt for V-necklines to help make your bust and the top part of your body appear slimmer.


Tip1: Shapewear

Your figure can be perfected with shapewear that forms, lifts, tightens and flatters your curves. Shapewear can be used to lift your bottom, flatten your lower stomach and basically suck you in in all the right places. Even the slimmest celebrities wear Spanx under their red carpet dresses. It’s the fairy godmother of undergarments for every woman!

Tip 2: Footwear

In the words of Marilyn Monroe, “Give a woman the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” Heels really are your best friend. They elongate your legs, add height to distribute proportion, improve your posture, and make your thighs and bottom narrower and perkier.

Once you know your body shape all you need to do is be sure to shop clothes that you know will flatter your figure, and you’ll instantly feel a thousand times better when you’re dressed. After all, there’s no point wearing something you simply like, if it does your figure no favors. Refresh your closet with essential pieces for your body type and Earn Cash Back on every purchase from thousands of global brands when you shop via Stay tuned for more features to perfect your body shape and stay chic in the summer.

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