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Dressing for Your Body Shape

Insider tips about how to dress for your unique shape.

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Dressing for Your Body Shape

In a world of ever-changing trends, knowing what to wear to flatter your shape can be a challenge. YouBeauty’s Style Expert, celebrity stylist Sam Saboura, gives you basic style tips to live by, so you know how to look your best no matter what’s in style.

Fashion is a tool—like makeup or hairstyles—to create a look you love. “You can change your clothing to have a positive effect on your body,” Saboura says. “You want to contrast what your body is telling you. If your body is soft, add structure; if it’s angular, add softness. The whole idea is to create balance.”

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Courtesy of Sam Saboura

Triangle Body Shape

Best features.
Shapely legs, a trim waist and head-turning hips give your body feminine appeal.

Common pitfalls. “You have a slender upper body, so your instinct might be to show it off with slim-fitting shirts,” says Saboura. Resist the urge! Tiny tops throw off your body’s balance, making your bottom look bigger than it is.

Tops
When you think about tops, think layers. Creating balance for your shape is all about filling out your upper half. “A cardigan is your best friend,” says Saboura, because it adds lightweight volume. For cooler weather, try cropped jackets that stop at the waist (channel Jackie O. for inspiration). Don’t be afraid to show a little skin, too. Three-quarter sleeves, wide scoop necks, and one-shoulder tops all look great on you.  

Bottoms
Boot-cut pants are best for your body. “The slight flare helps to balance out curves, especially if you wear them with a heel to give your legs a little length,” Saboura suggests. Go for dark, medium-rise jeans with simple stitching and pockets in the back. For skirts and dresses, try a classic A-line cut that falls softly over your curves and highlights your trim waist. Avoid high waists and pleated skirts—they’re made for filling out figureless femmes.       

Fabrics and Flair
Draw the eye up with bright colors and embellished tops. Saboura says, “Try a boatneck shirt with horizontal stripes,” or a cardigan with rosette detailing. Chunky jewelry can work well for you too, adding interest up top. Prints and patterns are fine for your lower body, but aim for darker colors.

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