Welcome back to the What To Wear series which helps you figure out the styles and silhouettes that will flatter you best based on your body type.
Generally speaking, there are five different body shapes of women. But it’s important to note that most of us don’t fall neatly into one type. Often we are a combination which means it’s useful to know the different styling strategies for each shape to figure out what works for you. (If you need to know which shape you are, click here to get my free style guide Dress Better For Your Body which will help you figure it out.)
Triangle Body Shape
You have a triangle body shape if your lower body is wider than your upper body. When you gain weight, it tends to go to your hips, butt or thighs. And you may be self conscious about these parts, and want to cover them up.
For a triangle body shape, think about adding interest to your upper body with fashion details like ruffles, puffed sleeves, statement necklaces, scarves and hats.
You’ll also want to draw attention to your waist and elongate your legs so look for silhouettes that match your triangle frame like A-line skirts or dresses.
And lastly, because your waist may be really small in comparison to your hips, you may have a tough time finding a good fit in pants. If this is the case, buy your pants to fit your hips and thighs and then have a tailor take in the waist. If you have a really tough time finding pants that you like, consider wearing mostly skirts and dresses. I know a lot of women with a triangle body shape who live in skirts and dresses because they flatter them best.
What To Wear
- Breast pockets and embellishments on your blouses
- Big lapels on your jackets
- Horizontal stripes on your tops
- Bright colors and patterns on your tops
- Shoulder pads and puffed sleeves
- Bold accessories on your upper body
- Bootleg, flared and wide leg pants
- Jackets and tops that end above or below your hips
- Belts to show off your small waist
- High rise pants
- A-line skirts and dresses
What Not To Wear
- Low rise pants
- Big pattens on your bottom
- Embellishments or pocket details on your bottom
- Cargo pants
**These are just guidelines. Your ultimate style goal is to wear things that make you happy and feel confident. Your personality is the most important aspect to satisfy when styling yourself so make sure you love what you wear.
In the video, I share more styling tips to dress the triangle body shape so you can see what will flatter this body type best.
One of the first things I do with my clients is show them how to dress better for their body types. We look at what they’re currently wearing, and I show them how to make improvements so their clothes compliment them best. Then we go on to find the perfect fit between their personal preferences and their “right-now” body shapes to set the framework for a flattering style that they love AND that makes them look amazing.
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