Defining and Dressing for your Body Type

Posted on: October 12, 2015 by Yummo Mummo

Shake what your mama gave you! If you are not sure what body type you are, then you will find this blog post especially interesting to work out just that, and dress accordingly. And let me tell you an interesting fact: you might not be just one. My hips, legs and butt make me a pear , but my bust and defined waist make me an hourglass. Just call me an ‘hour-ear-glass’ figure – LOL). BUT I always tell my clients, don’t just focus solely what body type you are before you dress. Also think about what you LOVE about your body and what you love to flaunt. Is it your wrists, your legs, your bust, you knees, your shoulders? And work that fabulousness into your outfit. You’ll be so busy showing off what you love, that you won’t have time to think about what you don’t as much – I don’t want to hear the word hate used here!.

So how can you make the most of what you have, well I think it has a lot to do with knowing your body type and how to compliment it. 
Note: All jewelry and handbags used in the sets are by Stella and Dot. And it’s your lucky day! You can shop Stella and Dot through me



The ruffle of this top creates curves while showing off those fabulous arms. The V-neck gives you a chance to add some layering of delicate necklaces. The pants show off those long and fabulous legs while the cut continues to create curves and the brightness attracts the eye. Some striped shoes to pull in the color and have some fun. A chunky bracelet to, once again, show off those arms.

To shop this set or for outfit details, head to my POLYVORE account.

What defines a Rectangle Shape – The waist, hip and shoulder widths are similar and are usually on the slim side. Slender rectangles have an athletic look about them. Your best assets are your arms and legs — and you don’t have to minimize any body features.  You want to create curves where they don’t necessarily exist and show off slender legs and arms.

DO wear scoop neck and sweetheart tops to create curves.

DO wear long jackets to create a lean look.

DO wear tops with collars, ruffles and details to flatter your chest.

DO wear a good bra that will make the most of what you have.

DON’T wear overwhelming styles.

DO layer to add more dimensions.

DO wear dresses with ruching. Cinches on sides are ideal.

DO have fun with colorful bottoms… feel free to experiment.

IMG_7276The high waisted tube skirt is really going to show off those fabulous curves. The leather in the Natalie necklace ties in with the leather moto jacket. The design on the bag works with the edginess that is a leather jacket. Forget black, and have some fun with cobalt blue pumps to tie in with the top and the blue of the necklace.

To shop this set or for outfit details, head to my POLYVORE account.

What defines an Hourglass Shape – Your shoulders and hips are similar in proportion and set off by a tiny waist. Your best assets are you curves. You want to show off these curves (without going overboard). Show them off tastefully, not too baggy and not too tight.

DON’T hide in baggy clothes

DO wear a good bra to support your bust.

DO wear a fitted dress.

DO wear a belt to enhance your hourglass shape.

DO try wrap dresses.

DO go for high waisted skirts to show off your hips.

DO pick thin and lightweight materials.

DO wear skinny or straight leg jeans.


The tie waist of the jacket will help define a waist. The bootleg of the jean will help balance out the outfit. Continue with blue booties to streamline the bottom half, and create length. The V Neckline will create more length and the necklace will draw the eye upward.

To shop this look or for outfit details, head to my POLYVORE account.

What defines an Apple Shape – Most of your weight accumulates above the hips, which are narrow. Your back, ribs and shoulders are broad. Your best asset is your legs.You want to lengthen the torso, show off your legs and use fashion to create the illusion of a waist. Choose some great tank tops with length to layer under tops to create this elongation.
DO go for monochromatic looks.
DO go for v-neck tops to create the illusion of a longer torso.
DO wear a bra that offers good lift and support.
DO wear belts at the smallest part of your waist.
DO conceal tummy bulge by wearing empire tops and dresses.
DO wear boot cut and flared jeans to create an even line from the shoulders down.
DO wear shorter skirts to show off your legs and draw attention away from your midsection.




Imagine this plaid top unbuttoned and the Freya Fringe necklace as a long pendant. A darker jean is going to slim a pear shape vs a lighter shade. Continue with pointy flats to lengthen the leg.

To shop this look or for outfit details, head to my POLYVORE account.

What defines a Pear Shape – Your lower body is wider than your upper body — in other words, your hips are wider than your shoulders. Your bottom is rounded and your waist is well-defined. You want to show off you shoulders and torso, and add volume to your upper body. You want to minimize your lower half and focus attention upward.

DO wear A-line skirts, which will camouflage hips.

DO keep hems of pants, skirts and dresses wide to balance the hips.

DO experiment with light-colored tops and dark-colored bottoms for contrast.

DO look for boat neck tops, square and cowl necklines.

DO wear strapless dresses to show off arms and even out proportions.

DO try styles with ruffles on top.

DO wear jackets that hit right above the waist.

DO opt for pointy-toed shoes to elongate your legs.

DON’T wear clothing that draws attention to hips and thighs, such as cargo pants or print skirts.


Do you need help working out and dressing for your body shape? YummoMummo is always happy to help!  See my WARDROBE CONSULTATIONS page. 

2 responses to “Defining and Dressing for your Body Type”

  1. Molly says:

    Great tips! It’s so important to think about how clothes fit your body shape but so many people don’t do it. I love the blue shoes, they’re fun!

    Molly and Stacie

  2. Ursula @blueridgebeautyblogger says:

    I love your body type fashion tips!! My body is unique cause I am a size 14 gal with a curvy hips/tush and small chest (Size B) plus I live with an ostomy due to Crohn’s Disease!! Shopping is truly an adventure for me!!


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