What it is: As the name implies, an hourglass shape describes a woman whose proportions equate to a wide bust, a narrow waist, and a wide hip—similar to that of an hourglass (duh). Most weight is distributed to the bust and hips.
Style secrets: If this describes you, your ultimate goal is to highlight your curves. Embrace them in body-hugging silhouettes and form-fitting wraps that hit your angles in all the right places. The best way to rock those structured, more tailored elements is through wrap dresses, peplum blouses, pencil skirts, high-waisted pants, and boat neck styles. As for outwear, jackets that show off your midsection are key (think belted trench coats, fitted blazers, and cropped bomber jackets). Cinched waistlines are also your best friend; everything from basic tees to workwear dresses should be customized to flatter your narrow waist.
Avoid looser, baggier clothing that falls flat, such as baby doll dresses and drapey cardigans; these can work against your shape by drowning out your body. Plus, don’t miss these outfit tricks to magically slim your waist.
What it is: An apple-shaped body is noted for a wide torso, broad shoulders, and a full waist. The waistline isn’t well-defined, and most weight is distributed through your bust and midsection. These gals also tend to have skinnier arms, legs, and hips.
Style secrets: Your ultimate goal is to minimize your midsection by highlighting your arms, legs, and shoulders. You have full freedom to play around with relaxed silhouettes, flowy tunics, shift dresses, boyfriend tops, and V-necklines. Strapless or sleeveless tops will show off your toned arms. If the weather calls for covering up, opt for a more fitted sleeve to help balance your fuller midsection. Ponchos and swing coats are great outerwear choices.
Avoid high-waisted pants that accentuate your midsection; low-waisted, straight-leg options are better for hiding any stomach bulge and highlighting those legs.