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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  • Hi,

    I’m Belinda, and I’m an ‘O’ shape 🙁 I am a new subscriber and was wondering how do I read info about dressing up my body shape? I read the ‘A’ shape article, and I want to know more about styles that would suit my body shape.

    I would truly appreciate a reply from you.

    Kind Regards,

    • Belinda – thanks for coming by – just search O shape and you will find everything I have written so far on dressing O shapes – there will be another body shape post this week too and I think it is on the O shape so keep your eyes out for that on Wednesday. There is lots of information on here about O shapes!

  • I’m an A shape, and have followed you for years. You’re the BEST! I am confused by some of the new images, though. Will the “pear” replace the “A”? I’m not used to seeing the pear, apple, hourglass, etc. on your blog, but rather the A, O, X, etc.

  • I’ve never been able to work out ny body shape. My shoulders are broader than my hips buy I wouldn’t describe myself as having small hips and behind. Not at all like the typical V shapes I see. I have been told I’m an inverted triangle by an image consultant but friends tell me that I’m not and I’ve also been told I’m not an inverted by an online forum of women who said that the consultant was wrong. I have problems with defining my waist which always looks ‘thick’ to me, yet friends say I look like an hourglass. Am I just good at hiding it without knowing? Have you covered my shape yet? I am confused.

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