Fall Dressing for Your Body Type

We are starting to think about Fall dressing for MB Fashion Week, lunches, and meetings and cocktails, and found a fantastic selection at Bloomingdales.  We all know that certain dressing styles suit our shape, so we thought we would send a little inspiration your way by mapping out Dressing for Your Body Type in an easy-to-follow way.  The main goal is to flatter your body type with what you wear, not to try to fight it!  Here are the basic body types.


The LONG AND LEAN look is every designers muse.  Lucky you!  You are thin and in-proportion with a slender shape.  It is a very chic shape and most clothing will look good on you.  Make sure to play up the femininity of your shape by using a few simple tricks. Chose clothing that accentuates your bust-line.  For a bit of a more curvy look, wear a bra with a little padding.  A peplum can also add extra shape to your lower half, and is so flattering.

This fitted dress by Robert Rodriguez uses an optical illusion to accentuate your femininity. A peplum waist like on this dress by Tibi can work wonders. This great Milly dress uses a leather inset to create a similar effect.

Long and Lean

SHOP NOWRobert Rodriguez Fitted Dress ($695), Tibi Sleeveless Dress ($385), Milly Leather Inset Dress ($395)


Are you fuller on top and in the midsection and slimmer on the bottom?  We call this a delicious APPLE SHAPE.  You will want to choose necklines that are a little lower-cut to emphasize your lovely bosom and take the attention off of your mid section.  Wear dresses rather than separates for a pulled-together look that will flatter your best features.  Go a little shorter to show off your great legs.

The beadwork at the bust of this dress by Basler draws the eye up and away from your midsection. The gorgeous teal Rachel Zoe dress subtly adds just the right amount of volume to your upper body to balance and minimize any problem-areas below. We love this DVF shift dress for its relaxed shape and perfect length for showcasing your fantastic stems.

Apple shape body

SHOP NOWBasler Beaded Dress ($450), Rachel Zoe Madeline Godet Dress ($395), DVF Noralie Crepe Dress ($398)


Curvy on top and bottom, with a smaller waist?  You have a shapely HOURGLASS figure. Your curves are your best feature, so by all means play them up with dresses that keep your body in proportion while accentuating your small waist.  You may want to wear a belt for added emphasis. While this is a naturally sexy shape, you should take care not to overplay the curves by going too tight. Especially with knits, we recommend buying one size up and having the midsection taken in to ensure a flawless fit all over.

The flawless fit and beautifully subtle sheen of this Burberry faux leather dress makes such an impact on an hourglass shape. This printed dress by Escada ingeniously draws the eye to your fantastic waistline, and strapless dresses such as this one by Philosophy are so flattering on hourglass shapes.

Hourglass body shape

SHOP NOW: Burberry Brit Grace Waxed Faux Leather Dress ($595), Escada Printed Dress ($950), Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti Strapless Dress ($650)


If you are small all over, we call this PETITE.  You can wear most anything as long as it doesn’t overwhelm your small size. A shorter length will make you appear taller. Your best style is simple and chic.  We like short sheaths which will show your shape in the best light.  As long as you keep the scale within reason, you can have fun and get away with wearing wild prints.

The hem length on all three of these dresses is ideal for the petite shape.  Sophisticated, chic lines and styles are essential for smaller women and make a bigger impact. The pattern on this DVF Della dress is fantastic on a petite frame.

Petite body Shape

SHOP NOWNicole Miller Long Sleeve Mesh Lace Dress ($430), DVF Milicent Lily Crepe Dress ($425), DVF Della Two Print ($398)


If your lower body is larger than your upper body – join the club – this is the most popular body type, and it is a juicy PEAR SHAPE.  Wear A-Line Skirts to hide your hinterland, and to draw the eyes upward, create some interest in the neckline. A large-scale allover print can also be a great way to distract from any problem-areas you’re concealing.

This blue Issa London tucked waist dress draws you in at the midsection and flows flawlessly away from the body, camouflaging your derrière. The printed Issa London dress has fantastic structure as it skims out from the waist. This chic and simple Shoshanna sweater dress draws the eye up to the neckline.

Pear Shape body

SHOP NOW:  Issa London Tucked Waist Dress ($663), Issa London Knit Printed Dress ($588), Shoshanna Sweater Dress ($385)


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