5 Flattering Outfits for Every Body Type

While there is definite value in dressing for your body type, it’s not always that simple. For the days when you can’t be bothered to pontificate over whether your body more resembles an apple or a pear, you can rely on this handful of flattering outfit combinations that look great on every single shape. Really.

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1. Long Vest + Pleated Midi Skirt + Blouse

So what makes this particular pairing so appealing? Well, it’s one of the best outfits to create the illusion of an hourglass figure--but also hide any insecurities. The tucked-in top and full skirt both narrow in at the smallest part of your waist, and then the long vest skims over your hips and thighs to create a streamlined effect. Pair it with nude heels or wedges for extra slimming benefits.

2. Flared Jeans + Wedges + Button-down Blouse

Want to look taller in one fell swoop? Look no further than the flared jean. Not only do these pants slenderize your hips and thighs, but they also make it look like you have legs for days. Team them with some espadrille wedges for even more lengthening effects and guaranteed walkability.

3. Fit 'n' Flare Dress + Waist Belt

Almost everything looks better with a belted waist--especially a dress that’s already fitted around the torso and flares out at the hips. A V-neck style is also perfect for busts of all sizes as it gives ample coverage but slightly highlights the upper collarbone area. As for the belt, find one in a neutral color and try it out with a bunch of dresses you already own. We guarantee you’ll come back to it time and time again.

4. Breezy Dress + Cropped Jacket

Flowy maxis and tent dresses may be the most comfortable items to ever grace your body. But, truthfully, they don’t do much for your figure. To make the look a little more complimentary, top it with a structured cropped jacket. This piece will hit at the waist and break up the silhouette so it won’t seem like you’re drowning in fabric.

5. Black Cropped Pants + Belted Blazer

Corporate gals, Francophiles and just about anyone who shops at J.Crew knows the life-changing benefits of a cropped pant. First of all, a hint of ankle is always flattering. (It’s your leg’s smallest part.) Secondly, black is ubiquitously slimming. Pair it with a belted blazer for a look that’s work- and weekend-appropriate. 

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