Kim Kardashian is obsessed with her hourglass figure. Kim uses a waist trainer to manipulate her body type.
The truth is, embracing your body type and learning how to dress for the body you have is the healthiest thing you can do.
No one body type is better than another. However, dressing for a body you don’t have can limit your style potential.
Choosing blouse designs that show off your best assets will make you appear more put together and boost your confidence.
Keep reading to learn more about how to identify your body type and the best blouses to wear.
What Body Type Are You?
The first step in choosing the right blouse for your body type is determining exactly what your body type is.
Keep reading as we go through some of the most common body types and the common features of each one.
If your body doesn’t fit one of these types to a T, that’s okay. We are all different and our bodies are as unique as our personalities. Just try to choose the body type that is closest to your own or the one that highlights your most prominent features.
Hourglass body shapes are also known as curvy. If you describe yourself as curvy or well endowed, this is probably your body type.
People with hourglass figures have a well-defined waist and their bust and hip measurements are about the same. Therefore, their body forms an hourglass figure.
This is the traditional ideal body type in media, but no body shape is better than another. People with hourglass bodies often have fuller or curvier hips, thighs, and busts.
The apple is also known as the inverted triangle.
People with an apple-shaped body usually don’t have a well-defined waist. Instead, they are more evenly proportioned.
The exception to this is that their shoulders are often more broad than their hips. They won’t be as curvy in the hips.
While apples are often called inverted triangles, there is a major difference. Most inverted triangle bodies carry less in their midsection than true apples.
The pear body shape is also sometimes called the triangle shape.
If you are small on the top and bigger on the bottom, you have a pear-shaped body. This means your shoulders are much more narrow than your hips and you have a bigger booty.
You probably don’t have a defined waist and your waist is probably wider than your chest. One of your best assets is your full hips.
The fourth most common body type is the athletic, rectangle, or straight shape.
If you have this body type you probably aren’t very curvy. You don’t have a particularly small or defined waist, but its more straight up and down and in line with your bust and hips.
Your body weight is evenly distributed and your the measurements of your hips and shoulders are about even.
Blouse Designs for Your Body Type
Now that you have a better idea of what body type you are, let’s take a look at the types of blouses you should be wearing. If your body type falls in between one of these categories, choose the style of blouse you feel the most comfortable wearing.
Dressing the Hourglass
If you have an hourglass body shape, consider yourself blessed.
When it comes to choosing blouses, you really can’t go wrong. Focus on pieces that hug your body, accentuate your curves, and define your waistline.
You have the power to pull off fitted pieces like jersey knits, tailored tops, wrap tops, and peplums.
Dressing the Apple
If you have an apple-shaped body, you’ll want to stay away from blouses that focus on a traditional waistline.
Instead, focus on tops that accentuate your best features: your bust, legs, and arms. Luckily for you, the tops that work best with your body also happen to be comfortable.
Focus on tops that flow away from the stomach like relaxed, boyfriend style button-downs, flowing tunics, breezy tops with A-line silhouettes, and any top with a V neck.
Choose blouses with fabric types that focus on your chest and hips. Avoid jersey as it can be thin and clingy.
Dressing the Pear
If you have a pear-shaped body, chances are you look amazing in jeans.
You can also pull off dainty tops with your narrow shoulders. You can wear whatever blouses you want because you don’t have to worry about drawing attention to your shoulders or bust.
You can pull off bright colors and wild patterns. If you want to take a risk and mix patterns, go for it.
Blouse styles that will look especially great on you include bell-sleeve tops, plunging v necks, cowl necks, and scoop necks.
Dressing the Athlete
Athletic body types are the easiest to dress because they are so well proportioned.
There are no areas that are seen as flaws to be hidden. If you have an athletic body type, you can wear whatever you want and flaunt or hide whatever features you prefer.
Your best features are likely your arms, your defined shoulders, and your waist. Blouses with necklines including halter tops, racerbacks, scoops, and round styles will all look good on you.
Also, don’t be afraid to go strapless!
More Style Advice
Learning how to style yourself with the best blouse designs for your body can transform your look and your self-confidence.
We hope this guide gave you a starting point. Next time you hit the mall, you’ll know what types of blouses to look out for.
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