Choosing an outfit is a whole lot easier when you know what pieces work best for your shape. Most women fall into one of four categories:
1. The Apple – thick around the middle
2. The Pear – larger at the bottom
3. The Hourglass – curvy but evenly proportioned
4. The Rectangle – straight up and down


The Apple

If you tend to gain weight around your waist or you simply want to hide a few post pregnancy kilos, clothes should fit loosely around the midsection and more snugly elsewhere.

Avoid: Anything that draws attention to your middle―like high-rise pants, belts, and waist-cinching tops.


The Pear

The triangle shape is defined as shoulders and torso that are narrower than the hips.

Avoid: Shapeless, oversize sweaters, skinny jeans and skirts in a flimsy, curve-hugging fabric, like silk.


The Hourglass

With an ample chest, a narrow waist, and full hips, this shape, although evenly proportioned, can seem as if it’s all angles.

Avoid: Shapeless or boxy styles, like baby-doll dresses, tunics, and oversize cardigans.


The Rectangle

With little definition at the waist, this straight-up-and-down figure is often considered boyish. Opt for styles that fit snugly at your middle but flare out at the bottom to create curves.

Avoid: Dresses that are tight all over and anything too flowy or unstructured around the waist.

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