My dear elegant ladies,
welcome back to my channel. This whole video is about dressing
for your body shape so stay tuned. In my online finishing school,
we talk so much about transformation. We focus on looking
elegant, looking expensive, but also to look a feminine. And did you know to achieve all of that, easiest way to do so is to dress
according to your own body shape? First, let’s talk about how to measure
your body shapes. So when we measure, we want to see how wide our
shoulders are, how wide our waist is, and then how wide our hips are. And then, we basically draw a line from our shoulders
down to our hips to see which one is bigger than the other or are they both
aligned and where is our waist placed? Let’s start with the hourglass,
which is a very common body type. I think a lot of women have hourglass, but I do want to say that there
are two types of hourglasses. So we have the neat hourglass, which is somebody who is
more slim or more average body shape. And then, you have the full hourglass, which is oftentimes the curvy
or the plus-size woman. Hourglasses always gain weight all over
the body so they tend not to gain in just one particular place. Their body is truly an asset for them.
And how you determine if you are an hourglass is If you can draw a straight line from your
shoulder down to your hip and then you have the waist that goes inside.
It’s pretty defined. I am personally a neat hourglass, The hourglass have the best
body to enhance the silhouette. And when we dress ourselves, we want to either enhance or
camouflage or sometimes both. But in this case, hourglasses should
really focus on showcasing their natural curvy silhouettes, instead of hiding it, which is actually a very common mistake
a lot of hourglass ladies do and that’s including myself. Hourglasses must avoid wearing layers, wearing boxy jackets, wearing
things that are oversize, making them look more bulky, making them look more disproportional. Like there is this current trend of
oversize right now where people maybe will be wearing a pair of leggings,
which is a very tight silhouette, and then they wear something very
volumous on their upper body, making them look very disproportional. Since the hourglass tend to have
a very curvy hip, very wide hip, low rise trousers are a
no go. And oftentimes, it can be quite uncomfortable for
the hourglass to wear. Instead, pick mid-rise or high rise because that
will enhance the silhouette and also define the waist. So what
should the hourglass be wearing? All clothes that are fitted,
everything that showcases the waist. We do want to enhance the waist.
If there is a nice belt on a coat, we want to definitely have a belted coat.
We want to have maybe a wrap dress, where you can tie yourself
here in the waist. We also want to wear things that really
put emphasis on the waist. I mean, look what I’m wearing today. This is a perfect top for an
hourglass because number one, I can enhance my waist by
just pulling this together. It also gives us a little detail here and
just also gives you more of an optical illusion of a waist. Hourglass should
always think waist, waist, waist, fitted clothing, natural feminine shape. I also want to give a big thumbs up for
the pencil skirt because that one really showcases the hourglass
silhouette. Lastly, some celebrities that you
can take inspiration from that are hourglass. We have, for instance, Sarah Jessica Parker.
We have Monica Bellucci, Tyra Banks, Sophia Vergara,
and Chanel Eamon. The second body shape is the
rectangle and even with the rectangle, we have two variations to it. The first one is called the lean column
and the second one is just called rectangle or can also be called square. And the lean column is the
skinny, tall, straight body shape. The rectangle has no waist
definition whatsoever, they’re very much straight. They might have just a little
bit of waist definition, but truly not enough to
qualify as an hourglass. The general rule for the rectangle is
to create an optical illusion of a curve and to camouflage, the fact
that she doesn’t have a waist. But there are certain clothing when you
put that on and let’s say it’s a belt in the waist and then you really
show that there is no waist there. So instead of creating an optical
illusion of having a waist by having, let’s say that belt there,
you have instead, highlighted it. It really made it obvious
that there is no waist there, that you are very much straight. Also things like tucking your top in and
high rise trousers or you clearly see that there is no waist definition.
So what should the rectangle be wearing? Definitely wear stiff materials,
which is very much advised actually. Create some form of
straight lines in clothing, so anything where the waist is not too
defined where everything is just going in a straight line. Common dresses
like that are the sheet dresses, very good for the rectangle body shape. There are also dresses data or clothes
in general tops that have like a waist illusion or it could be that
actually, let’s say if it’s a jacket, the jacket has created like
a waist definition by itself, the way it’s structured. So you can also have like
pea plum tops that are like that. They have kind of created
a shape of a waist. The importance is that we want to
make sure people think there is a waist, even though there’s not. Also, the really good thing about being
a rectangle is that rectangle, they are probably the body shape
that look the best in trousers. They’re made for trousers and actually, they are probably the only body shape
who can truly pull off the skinny jeans, maybe not the square body shape.
I would say more the lean column, the more tall one, the skinny one, the one whom looks more like a
Gwyneth Paltrow or a model type of body. Last advice to the rectangle, do focus on wearing as much
feminine clothing as possible, as the body may be a little
bit more androgynous, a little bit more masculine
because of the lack of waist. Femininity can be in all kinds of
different ways. It can be, for instance, by adding some floral. It can be
by adding some ruffles, some bows, some more cute outfits or
some more seductive outfits. So celebrities that have a rectangle
body shape. So for the lean column, I already gave you the
example of Gwyneth Paltrow. I think she’s a really good example.
We also have a Miranda Kerr, Cameron Diaz. Cameron Diaz
is a good good, good example. And then we have Jennifer Hudson,
Kate Upton, and for the plus size, we have a Queen Latifa. So body shape number three and we
have reached the oval or the circle. For those of you who are
unfamiliar with my lingo, you can also refer to the
apple shaped body type. It’s basically the woman who puts on
all her weight around her waist. Now, I do need to give you a little bit of
an information is that there’s a lot of women out there who think that they are
the oval body shape, when in reality, they’re actually hourglasses or
maybe a rectangle. And actually, majority of ladies who are
true ovals are older ladies, ladies who have passed the menopause. Because that’s when the body starts
putting on everything around the mid area and create that fullness that really
defines somebody as being a circle. So the general for the oval is that you
need to have a very straight clothing line. You almost want your clothes to
hang from the shoulders all the way down. You want to definitely camouflage your
mid area because that’s the most volumous part and it’s maybe not the
most flattering. Of course, where you should be avoiding is
anything that is fitted bodycon dresses, bells that go in your mid section. Anything that the hourglass would
normally wear, you should be avoiding. When you put the accent on the stomach,
you really put it in the focus. Another thing that a lot of actually,
oval ladies do is that they end up wearing boxy clothes, boxy jackets as a result to try and
come to camouflage there’s stomach area. But oftentimes, they make themselves
look even bigger this way, which is also not a good way to go. What they should be wearing
instead are a line dresses, straight line dresses, tunics, things that go from a top down. A bit of layering is good too. Having some unstructured clothing that
goes in very simple straight lines. Now, some celebrity ovals.
We have a Queen Elizabeth, well obviously because of her age.
We also have Keeley Price, Octavia Spencer and
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so visit We have two more body shapes and
they are actually the total opposite of each other, so listen carefully. Number four, we have the triangle. And the triangle, it’s also known as the pear shaped body
where you have a more narrow shoulders and you have hips as the
widest part of your body. The weight gain oftentimes happens
mainly around the hip area, the thigh area, and the thighs and hips are usually the
more prominent areas of the person’s body. The person can have a
fuller chest or be a flat-chested, but they are somehow more
narrow on the upper body. Triangles can be easily
confused with hourglass, so it’s really important to
properly measure yourself. The mission with a triangle is to
really create an optical illusion. We want to balance the proportions out
since the lower body has such a dominant effect, so what we want to do is to actually
minimize the effect of the lower body. We want to perhaps, wear darker
clothing on the lower body, maybe dark trousers,
instead of light trousers. We want to add emphasis on the upper body. We want to maybe add more prints on
the upper body, more light colors, more accessories, maybe a little
bit of volume is fine too. Puff Shoulder is a very popular trend
right now. That definitely creates volume, but even the trend with the oversize cardigans and tops and so on, the triangle can definitely wear that
because they need to add volume on their upper body. One thing that the triangle
should definitely avoid is to emphasize on the hip. It can be, for instance, jackets that finish on the hip or it can
be wearing cross body bags that stay on the hip area. What you do is that you widen yourself
even more and you draw the attention of the eye that way. Triangles might also find it difficult
to find dresses that fit them. I do recommend to focus
on investing in separates. And like I said, skip
those light trousers. Do go for darker skirts,
darker trousers, and of course, do the opposite on your upper body.
Celebrity triangles, we have the gorgeous, Julia Roberts. We have Lady Gaga, Kate Winslet, and Helena Bonham Carter.
Now the last body shape ladies, the inverted triangle.
And as you might notice, it is a total opposite
of the triangle. So here, we have the one who has the shoulders as
their widest part of their silhouette. The hips are usually more narrow and
the waist is kind of there but not too defined. A typical example would be imagining
a woman who is a professional swimmer. So here, as with the previous example, we also want to create
the optical illusion. We want to add more emphasize on the
lower body and we want to kind of draw the attention away from the upper body, and camouflage perhaps certain
wideness in the shoulder area. So for that reason, it’s really important
to avoid any form of accessories, bright colors on the upper body, patterns that really
just draw the attention. On the lower body, you want to
avoid the dark trousers and instead, you want to wear more light trousers,
maybe trousers with pattern. You can definitely wear wide skirts. Skirts that kind of go out this way and
add a bit of volume because you want to add volume on your lower body. I think palazzo trousers are perfect
for the very triangle and please, please, please, any inverted triangles out there who
are wearing these trendy puff shoulders, throw them in the bin now because
they just make you look wider. Celebrity invertef triangle examples.
We have Naomi Campbell. We have Charlize Theron, we have
Grace Kelly, we have Madonna, Angela Basit, and we have
Kendall Jenner. Ladies, this was short and sweet, but I do hope that you have a better
understanding now, how to dress for your body shape. Join if you want to dig deeper into your
physical and personal transformation to become a more refined woman.
Ladies, I’m not done here. You have to watch my video, Five Fashion Rules Every Lady Should
Know because this video will definitely elevate your look to the next level.

100 thoughts on “How To Dress For Your Body Type To Show Your Best Assets”

  1. Thank you for watching! What is your body shape? Are you finding it hard to identify it? Also, watch my other related video 5 Fashion Rules EVERY Woman Should Know:

  2. Anna, this vid is so helpful, yet I’m still not 100% certain. My measurements are 37 bust, 30 waist and 37.5 hips. These measurements suggest hourglass, yet my shoulders measure 38”. Help, please!?

  3. So I’m an inverted triangle , I was almost feeling bad until I saw celebrities I like who look like me. I think I should follow them to copy their style… I need self confidence in this journey and looking up to celebrities I don’t think is a bad idea , thank you Anna I love you 💕

  4. I'm an hour glass I always use oversized dress because I didn't know what to wear, thank you so much for the video! I have shopping to do.

  5. i really like your video cos i learned a lot and its true it change me a lot.. ur tips made me look expensive honest! i respect you a lot!

  6. I always taught I have a rectangle since I have no much waist, but after measuring I think I am a triangle? Maybe is just because I gained weight?

  7. Is it possible to be an hourglass with a smaller bust if shoulders and hips are alined? Or is this pearshaped because the bust is smaller?

  8. I have an oval shape (or apple shape), but I do not really like these kind of clothes on me. I look more bulky from the side, my legs are looking tiny and body is looking massive. I prefer to wear clothes that create an illusion of narrow waist.

  9. It would be very nice if you made a video of petit/ tall women on how to dress. This might be a bit complicated but it would really help out some girls including me! I am a petit girl, with hourglass figure but it’s very hard for me to find clothing that fits. If it’s not big here it’s big there. Or to small there. Like my mother is bigger then my sister but they both have the same size due to her being petit and my sister a bit taller. I don’t know how it works but I would very much appreciate a video like that, if not could you recommend anything? Thanks.

  10. I'm an oval/apple. Thank you for being so specific about the pencil skirt, which doesn't suit me, and that a-line is the silhouette for me.

  11. Anna I saw u in my dream 😂.we were sitting and talking 😂.I love how u are and thanks for the beneficial videos 🌸

  12. I think Salma Hayek is the only actual hourglass shaped person out of the people that you said are hourglass. They say that only 8% of women are hourglass shaped. The measurements have to be at a "3-2-3 ratio" (34-22-34, 36-24-36, 38-26-38, 40-28-40, etc.) in order to be an actual real true hourglass shaped woman like Betty Brosmer, Raquel Welch, etc. The measuring tape is used to determine this, as well as the visual appearance.

  13. I need your help! I’m between being hourglass and triangle. The thing is that I have wider hips than my chest but my waist is not neat. I’ll give you my measurements: chest – 94cm, waist – 78cm and hips 98cm. According to that what would you say I am?

    Sorry if I don’t give you my shoulders measurements, it’s just I don’t have anyone to help me out with that.

  14. Thanks so much Ann, I always thought am all those shapes you mentioned. But now at least I know where I stand, but still I have a problem because I think am both inverted triangle and pear,and I find it really hard to get the appropriate clothes. I NEED HELP. Remember I also have a little bit of fat on my tummy… Oooh it's so confusing really.. And small boobs. Seriously sometimes I give up dressing up nicely and I just go for any baggie cloth.

  15. i hate side pockets. Any woman does not want to look wider at the hip. On my heavy winter robes, I take out the in the seam side pockets. What are the designers thinking?

  16. Hour glass shaped.. I actually transformed my body from triangle to an hour glass shape by going 3 times a week to the gym because I did not like my previous skinny model like physique…. Ladies, if you want something enough, you can get it.

  17. Hi Anna, thank you for sharing your knowledge and experiences with everyone. I would like to make a video request/ your opinion on a topic.
    I live a very active lifestyle full of various sports, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Do you have any suggestions on clothing or styles that would make you look more elegant/feminine during these types of activities? Thanks again!

  18. I guess I'm a mix of both hourglass. I have broad shoulders, just a little wider than hips, and tiny waist. I think I look more lean because I dont wear fitted stuff. Thanks for the advice

  19. Your video is really helpful. Can you also make a video where you combine the shape and height as I am around 5 feet and a healthy pear shape

  20. I am a lean rectangle 5'2 size 4 petite with bowed-legs. I usually wear a 3-4 inch heel because when I wear my sheath dresses it gives me a nice elongated look and my legs look less bowed. I realize kitten heels donot look well on a bowlegged women we need more height to elongate our bodies so the bowed legs are not so obvious.

  21. I have very wide hips and big thighs but very small waist and shoulders, and for me it always better worked to show my curves and how they look. I like to show how small my waist is in compare to my thighs, and it always works so well… So I kinda disagree with you on the Pear shape but, it might work for someone like that!

  22. I have an ⏳ with full body measurements. My shoulder and hips are the same width. On charts that just measure chest, waist and hip I am a 🍐. I think the ⏳ is correct. Either way I 💗 myself and take care of myself 😊 I 💗 being soft, delicate and feminine!😍

  23. Hey Ana, thank you so much for you content! I know it's not your channel's focus, but I would love to see content surrounding femininity and body highlighting for those with extended sizes.

  24. I am a rectangle with a long waist. Seperates and layering are key. Thank you for saying that belts can highlight the lack of waist, I've always felt that way but typical style advice says otherwise. Skinnies with a heel seem to help to balance the long torso.

  25. Dearest Anna,

    I really enjoy your video and your teaching. To be completely honest, I do not entirely agree with you but you always present lot of things that is applicable for me (and I do believe for other women as well!)
    Coming from southeast asian middle/working-class family background and decided to move alone to Europe to catch my dream in media and film business has made me have to work twice harder than the locals.
    When I finally got my chance and put my baby steps in that industry, I followed your advises because I am not only facing people in the biz with different language and culture but also the affluent people. I learn how to communicate better, to stand up for myself in a classy way, win arguments, basically just knowing the proper ways to interact with people and respect them, have given me chances to pursue more opportunities. I am still working to enhance my career path, but knowing even a bit of information has helped me a lot! I now have clearer direction partly because of you 🙂
    Thank you very much! Keep inspiring lots of women 🙂

    Greetings from Germany!

  26. To any girls who might want more information on body shape, the Kibbe body types are great as well. I think these are simpler, easier to understand while the Kibbe ones are more detailed. In my opinion, both are helpful!

  27. I think Beyonce is one of those celebrities who is a triangle but often gets confused for an hourglass. She is very good at making her bust look more prominent and proportionate to her hips even though she's more pear-shaped. Also, Salma Hayek is not a hourglass. I guess she would be a rectangle with big boobs LOL I don't know. I have a true hourglass figure and I find that it is more rare than people think

  28. My shape is…tricky. Currently I'd say I'm a pear/triangle but I have broad shoulders, and I know if I lost weight (which I really need to do) I'd become a rectangle. Some of us a confusing.

    (And I hate my shoulders. Grandmother always compares me to a linebacker.)

  29. The clothing you display in video are fabulous. Would you be willing to share the types of places to purchase elegant clothing? It doesn't have to be the exact of what you wear, but similar. Thanks!

  30. Finally! Someone who acknowledges shoulders instead of bust! 🙌 I was starting to think I was the only one who knew that your bust didn’t frame your body 😂

  31. Pure apple here. Two now-adult children and approaching the mid-stage of life. I won't lie: for a long time, this fact upset me. I've lost the curviness I possessed when I was younger and definitely have an apple shape. I like to keep the emphasis from the chest up (necklines, jewelry especially earrings and how I wear my hair and make-up) and balance how I wear solids and patterns. As for my lack-of-waist….? I don't emphasize what I don't have, but I won't hide from the world just because I'm not in the flush of my youth. IMO, nothing says feminine like a flowy A-line dress or skirt. Thank you, Anna.

  32. Something I want to ask… when I was younger I had a beautiful hour glass shape, I’m so use to dressing for that shape! How can I fix my current wardrobe to be more of a ?? Inverted triangle/ rectangle??
    I am petite, 5 foot 1 inch. I went through a health crisis and have never gained my lower body back!! It’s tiny!!! Like 00 tiny and yet my upper half is still voluptuous.
    Please, help me Anna. 😃

  33. I’m what I would consider a “faux” hourglass. As in I carry most of the weight in my hips but my shoulders are also as wide as my hips. I’m just lacking in the boob department. I usually look good in clothes for both pear and hourglass shapes. When I’m dressing for hourglass, I definitely do try to show off my shoulders and collarbones to help keep in proportion.

  34. In one video you mentioned the 2 finger rule so clothes aren't too fitted, but as an hourglass shape, you suggest to wear fitted.
    Can you comb through this real quick, please?
    I want to make sure I'm getting this right. Thank you Ana, love your channel!!!

  35. Ana, me and my mother love to watch your videos. Of course we have a basic understanding for elegance, but you seem to have so many amazing tips to share. Love your videos as always my love.

  36. Plus size hourglass here!! I gained a lot of weight these last few years but I gained it everywhere so I’m still proportionate with a defined waist. I need to lose the weight though.

  37. I’m more like a peach shape not an hourglass 😂 (jk) but I used to have a gorgeous body before I went through education related depression lmaooo I gained so much this past year and now I have to figure out how to slim back down

  38. I would love another video on a long neck vs a short neck vs wide neck and short torso vs long torso. I think these are huge factors in body shape as well. I always love the scarf around the neck tip! I love it but my neck is shorter so I never know what to do. Thank you, Anna!! Hopefully you do another video focusing on these!!! Xoxo

  39. the last example is a perfect example of what inverted triangles should never wear–spaghetti strap outfits–so unflattering to this body shape. I am inverted triangle and knew a lot of these tips already to balance out the look of my body shape. great video. thanks

  40. I am a big hourglass, but I don’t really gain a lot of weight on my waist. Everything goes to lower belly, thighs, breast and arms. Unfortunately I’ve gained 10kg from stress eating. I noticed I look wider but not so much on the waist. Everytime I don’t wear something to accentuate my waist I look so wide and like I weight much more.

  41. A great example for a celebrity with a inverted triangle body is Lalisa Manoban also known as Lisa from the kpop girl group blackpink and in the same group there is also an example for a triangle body which would be Kim Jisoo.

  42. I am using your videos selectively for inspiration in creating a syllabus to teach my 6yr old baby girl how to carry herself with confidence, grace and elegance as I believe all females should embrace their God given femininity💓 Thank you Anna for your channel and empowering content.

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