Apple, rectangle, inverted triangle, pear and hourglass. Each shape has its pros and cons. The trick is to master how to accentuate your good features and downplay imperfections.
Useful tips on how to maximize your body shape
Your body shape is not determined by your height or dress size. Some women might fall under two shape categories. If so, choose the shape you have more similarities with.
This shape is characterized by fullness in the tummy area and rounded shoulders, making you top heavy with small hips and slender calves. Emphasize your bust and avoid adding volume or heavy details around your waist. Follow fellow apple-shape, Oprah and show off your calves, legs, ankles and cleavage.
Best features: Slim legs, slight shoulders, trim bottom.
Common pitfalls: Don’t cover up your body. Show off your neckline, forearms and a little leg for a longer and leaner look.
Fabrics that flatter your figure: Wear large prints and patterns on your upper body. Stick to weighty fabrics like cotton and wool etc. that have a more natural structure.
Your go to item of clothing: A well-fitted bra, knee-length skirts, A-line dresses, V-neck tops, fitted jackets.
Your shoulders, hips and waist are all relatively the same size. Create curves by defining your waist. Wear full skirts and tops with shoulder details or collars. Similar to rectangle-figure Niyola and Tiwa Savage, go for tailored and well-fitted clothing and avoid baggy styles.
Best features: Long, lean, slender, athletic.
Common pitfalls: Simple fitted cuts such as shirts, can make you look boxy. Instead, use clothing to soften your body and create curves.
Fabrics that flatter your figure: Opt for lightweight fabrics (lace, silk etc.) with natural draping. Embellished shirts and ruffle details create curves. Patterned fabrics are recommended.
Your go to item of clothing: Shift and A-line dresses, high-waist and wide-leg trousers.
Traits of this shape include a broad chest and wide shoulders. Make Rihanna and Naomi Campbell your style role models. Avoid drawing attention to the upper body and concentrate on creating more width around your hips.
Best features: Trim waist, sexy legs.
Common pitfalls; Although your legs are typically well sculpted, you want to add volume to your lower half. Avoid fitted trousers and leggings, unless you are wearing a long top.
Fabrics that flatter your figure: Choose bright colors and prints below the belt and stick to darker colors on top for a more balanced look.
Your go to item of clothing: Cowl neck and deep V-neck tops. Full skirts and wide-leg trousers.
A pear shape has a more rounded bottom and a smaller tummy. Focus the attention on your upper body. Jennifer Lopez and Genevieve Nnaji are some personalities who dress their pear-shaped bodies to perfection.
Best features: Shapely legs, trim waist, head-turning hips.
Common pitfalls: Although you have a slender upper body, resist the urge to wear slim-fitting tops and pleated skirts, as they make your bottom appear bigger.
Fabrics that flatter your figure: Draw the eye up with chunky jewellery and bright coloured and embellished tops. Prints and patterns are best for your lower body, but aim for darker colours.
Your go to item of clothing: Boot-cut trousers, three-quarter sleeves and strapless and bareback dresses.
This shape is characterized by ample bust, a small waist and wide hips. Hourglass-shaped women can look up to Toolz and Halle Berry for style tips. Wear figure-hugging and tailored clothing that bring out your curves.
Best features: Curvaceous body.
Common pitfalls: The sexiness is in seeing your curves, not giving it all away. Also avoid wearing loose-fitting, shapeless clothing.
Fabrics that flatter your figure: Colours look great on you but keep it simple with solid colors. Prints can disguise your figure rather than highlight it.
Your go to item of clothing: High-waisted skirts, pencil skirts, V-neck tops, straight-leg fitted jeans or trousers and belts to define your slim waist.