How to Select Ideal Fabrics According to Your Body Shape

Though we’re always urged to dress for our body type and pick outfits that flatter our assets, remember that fabrics and silhouettes also bring out the best in us. So, keep on reading for our guide on selecting ideal fabrics according to your body shape.

Hourglass Body Shape


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If you’ve got that perfect curves, it’s best to flaunt it so tighter fabrics are safe options for you and you’ll look great with tight hugging dresses or bodysuits as well. Like fashion blogger Dawilda Gonzalez, you may go for a nude bodysuit teamed with a leather pencil curves perfect for a night out. There are very less inhibitions as to what you can wear and what not, but you might want you to stay away from baggy and loose fabrics like georgette or satin. Instead, pick jersey, spandex, cotton, silk, and satins.

Pear Shaped Figure

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These are women with heavier bottoms and have most of their fat below their waists. So, opt for free-flowing fabrics that don’t cling to your hips like cotton, polyester, linen, chiffon, satin, and georgette. Like fashion blogger Kristina Bazan, you may opt for a pair of pants with a forgiving fabric and silhouette over skinny ones. Also, avoid silks and be careful of stretchable stuff, especially for leggings and jeans.

Rectangle Body Shape

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If you are skinny, have a straight figure and have very less fat on you, you need fabrics that should form curves in your body. Like fashion blogger Nicole Warne, you may go for peplum styles of tops in stiffer fabrics. You must choose fabrics that are frilly and add volume like cotton, linen, silk and satin. On the other hand, avoid tight or too loose outfits as well. Skin tight or body hugging fabrics like spandex won’t suit you much as you would end up giving clear skin-bone show.

Apple Body Shape

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Women under this category appear to be top heavy and have fuller chests with little waist definition. However, they have beautiful legs to show off. Cotton and linen are the best options for you as these would take away the extra attention from the upper torso and balance the overall look. Like fashion blogger Sydne Summer, you may go for a lightweight shirtdress that looks feminine yet effortless. On the other hand, you must avoid clinging fabrics like spandex and lycra, as they’ll only reduce your chances to hide your flaws.

Inverted Triangle Body Type

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They have the perfect broad well-toned shoulders and fuller chests and tend to have narrow waists. If you belong to inverted triangle shape, go for free-flowing fabrics like chiffon, georgette and such, thought you may go for silk and linen for your bottom outfits. You may also experiment with the bottom fabrics and avoid skinny stretchable fabrics like spandex, lycra, leather and such. By knowing these things, you’ll be able to flatter your body type even more.

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