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Guest post by Whitney Levon Simon

Finding the right outfit to fit your body type can be a challenge. When done incorrectly, you might end up emphasizing the very parts of your body you want to minimize. Here are a few quick and easy tips to help find the right outfit for your body.

Broad Shoulders (Wedge or Apple-Shaped Bodies)

Aside from avoiding shoulder pads, there are several other ways to dress that will minimize the look of broad shoulders. They key to remember is to draw the eye away from your shoulders. Dresses with full skirts can help to draw the eye away, and define your waist with a belt. For your tops, choose V-necks or deep scoop necks to create a more narrow look. Scarves and long necklaces can also take the emphasis off your shoulders. Avoid spaghetti straps and shirts with wide collars.

Pear-Shaped Bodies

Women who are heavier on the bottom than on the top often have a hard time finding outfits that are flattering. A-line dresses can help to add definition to the upper part of your body while slimming your hips. Full skirts and wide-legged pants create a polished look that doesn't call attention to your midsection. Avoid skinny jeans and baggy tops. Fitted shirts are ideal for drawing the eye up and away from problem areas.

Hourglass Bodies

While most women say they want an hourglass figure, it can still be a challenge to dress this body shape. Baggy clothes can make you appear heavier than you really are. Fitted clothes and wrap dresses help to showcase the classic hourglass shape. Use a belt to define your waistline and call attention to your curves. Avoid full skirts that don't define your figure.

When in doubt, bring a friend with you when you shop. Make sure you try clothes on before you take them home, and don't be afraid to try new styles. You might be surprised to see what works best for your body.


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