Body Shape Bible: Understanding How to Dress A Shape Bodies


Dressing the A Shape bodyAs I discussed here when I explained how lines work, body shape tells us:

  • Where to put the verticals
  • Where to put the horizontals to balance, broaden or highlight
  • Where to place detail
  • Where to keep boring/dull/plain/no detail

That’s it!  So let’s look at the A Shape (commonly called the pear shape or triangle shape)

A body shape, Pear shape


Let’s have a look at some outfits and analyse them based on the criteria of what will work for an A shape.  This dress is shaped just like your A shape, it follows the lines of your shape, which is the best way to dress it and then uses horizontal details to balance shoulders with your hips.

A shape dress



How about jeans and a top – here we are following the rules of boring down bottom and interesting up top.  Horizontals above the waist, and waist shaping to show off your waist.

A shape jeans and top


Let’s have a look at the skirt, top and jacket outfit. Am I breaking the rules with a patterned skirt? Well yes, but you can still get away with detail below the waist if you include enough detail and colour above the waist and the pattern is more dense, so the eye doesn’t stop and focus on elements of the pattern.

A shape skirt and top


You can see when you use the simple rules here it’s easy to find clothes to flatter your shape and create outfits that work.

More posts on dressing your A shape body

Body Shapes Explained

Don’t waste your money on these clothing styles

Body Shapes Explained – A shape

How to wear a column of colour for your body shape

Print out this blog post and keep it as a handy reference to your A Shape Bible

Not sure what your body shape is?  Then take my Body Shape Calculator Quiz and discover your body shape today.

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