Are You Dressing Appropriately for Your Body Type?

By: Anna Papachristos

Are You Dressing Appropriately for Your Body Type?
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About This Quiz

From rompers to crop tops, not all fashion trends look good on everybody. (In fact, there are countless fads that shouldn't even exist, but that's an entirely different issue.) Yet, despite the fact that it's practically impossible to create one piece of clothing that flatters every shape and size, each body deserves to be celebrated because we each bring something unique and valuable to the table. Deep down, it's what's on the inside that counts most. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't look your best! After all, how we present ourselves on the outside often gives us the confidence boost we need to share these inner gifts with the rest of the world.

Many people, however, fail to accentuate their best physical assets because they aren't sure which styles complement their curves. Instead, they're left feeling self-conscious because, in their attempt to remain up-to-date with current trends, they lose sight of the styles that make them feel good and empowered. Remember! You don't need to a supermodel to look gorgeous. Your body has kept your heart beating and your lungs breathing thus far, so you should thank every inch of skin for helping you live your best life by decking yourself out in the most dashing duds imaginable.

Take this quiz to determine if you're already a pro at dressing for your body type, or if you need to donate the contents of your closet and indulge in that shopping spree you've always dreamed about!

Of the basic body types, how would you classify your shape?
Apple
Hourglass
Pear
Rectangle

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Which colors dominate your closet right this moment?
Lights (Whites, Neutrals, Pastels)
Brights (Bold Solids and Splashy Neons)
Darks (Blacks, Browns, Blues)
My closet spans the entire spectrum.

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Which styles do you typically gravitate toward when shopping?
Modern/Trendy
Comfy/Casual
Fancy/Professional
Vintage/Classic

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How would you describe your height?
I'm so short, people often mistake me for a child.
I'm shorter than most people, but I wouldn't consider myself tiny.
I'm average height for someone of my age and gender.
I'm so tall, people frequently ask me if I've ever played basketball.

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Which vibe describes the bulk of your current wardrobe?
Casual (T-shirts, Jeans, Sneakers, etc.)
Basic (Khakis, Blouses, Flats, etc.)
Fancy (Skirts, Dresses, High Heels, etc.)
Trendy (Crop Tops, Rompers, Sandals, etc.)

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How do you feel when you're trying on new clothes?
Everything fits my body beautifully!
Some brands cater to my body type better than others.
Very few brands cater to my body type.
I avoid shopping because nothing fits right.

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When browsing for new clothes, what's your preferred shopping method?
I prefer to try things on in-store.
I search for my favorite brands online.
I browse both online and in-store.
I rarely shop for anything but basic necessities.

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Which aspects make you decide to buy one type of pants over another?
Comfort! I want to be able to move freely.
Color! It needs to coordinate with the rest of my closet.
Fit! I want something that makes me feel cute and comfy at the same time.
Style! I'm willing to sacrifice comfort as long as I'm on-trend.

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What factors do you look for when buying new tops?
I want shirts that provide the right amount of coverage because I refuse to wear an uncomfortable bra.
I usually buy trendy tops, even if they don't quite align with my personal style, because I love modern fashion.
I prefer t-shirts and tank tops, but I buy trendy tops on occasion if I think the style's cute.
I already have an array of styles — tank tops, t-shirts, blouses ... you name it!

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When shopping for jackets, which styles do you prefer?
I don't like jackets. I usually opt for a light sweater whenever possible.
It doesn't matter, as long as it's practical.
Something trendy and fun, like leather or denim.
I prefer blazers because they can be dressed up or down.

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How important are accessories when it comes to creating the perfect outfit?
Incredibly important! They can make or break the outfit.
I typically save my accessories for special occasions, especially hats and jewelry.
I'll add accessories when I feel like dressing up, but they're not necessary.
I almost never wear accessories — except maybe a scarf when it's cold outside.

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What do you usually wear to work?
My profession requires me to wear a uniform every day.
We don't have a dress code, so I keep it comfortable, yet classy.
My work clothes consist of dark colors that require little thought and attract little attention.
From blazers to dresses, I always try to look my best — even on Casual Friday.

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What's your favorite outfit to wear when you've got the day off?
Pajamas! (Did you think I was going to leave the house?)
I'll probably slip into something adorable so I can look cute while I'm out with friends.
Activewear! Because I'm probably going to head to the gym and catch up on errands.
I'll probably just slip into something old and junky so I can do chores around the house...

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What's your go-to garb for special occasions and/or date night?
I don't go out too often, so I'll probably slip into my favorite maxi dress.
I've worn everything I own 500 times, so that means it's time to hit up the mall!
I'll breathe new life into some of my older pieces with a new accessory or two.
I love everything I own, but that Little Black Dress has my name written all over it!

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How much do your friends and family influence your fashion choices?
Very little, or not at all. I'm going to wear what I want regardless.
I only ask their opinions when I can't make a decision on my own.
I ask for their opinions regularly because I'm not a good judge myself.
Very much! If they don't like something, then it's gone. I trust them completely.

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Of these celebrities, whose style would you love to emulate?
Reese Witherspoon
Lizzo
Lady Gaga
Serena Williams

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If you could go on a shopping spree at one of the following stores, which would be at the top of your list?
Target
Bloomingdale's
Old Navy
Forever 21

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When you go shopping, who comes along on the trip?
My mother
My best friend
My significant other
I prefer to shop alone

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You're trying to decide between two items as you head to the checkout. Which factor will most likely influence your purchase?
Friend or family member's opinion
How much each item costs.
If the given items coordinate with other pieces I already own.
If the given items made me feel comfortable and confident.

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You need an outfit for a special occasion. Where do you turn for style inspiration?
My own closet!
Instagram
Friends and family
Fashion magazines

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How has your opinion about your body changed as you've aged?
I wish I could love my body as much as I love my personality.
I love my curves and wouldn't trade them for the world!
I'm bigger and softer than I used to be, but I love the person I've become.
I'm not where I want to be physically, but I'm getting there!

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What do you focus on most when watching red carpet interviews for an award show or star-studded event?
I love to hear what the stars have to say.
I look to their fashion as inspiration for my own wardrobe.
I don't watch because it's a waste of time.
I love to gawk at the gowns, but I envy their glamorous lifestyle.

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Your new outfit makes you feel like you could conquer the world, but someone made a rude, negative comment about your appearance. What do you do?
I hold my tears until I can reach the nearest restroom.
I vow to take the outfit off when I get home and never wear it again.
I ignore the naysayer and walk on with my head held high.
I shoot the naysayer an evil glance and march away as I mumble something snarky.

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Who do you turn to for fashion advice and/or opinions when you're not sure about how good an outfit looks?
My mother
My sibling(s)
My friends
My significant other

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How has your personal style evolved over the years?
I used to go with the trends, now I go with the flow.
I've always had a unique style that's all my own.
I stay up-to-date on the latest trends because my mom no longer picks out my clothes.
I tend to wear the same few pieces on repeat because I'm too lazy to care.

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Who was your primary source for style inspiration growing up?
My older sibling(s)
My mother
My best friend
My favorite celebrity

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How would you describe the personality of your signature style?
Shy and reserved
Perky and outgoing
Confident and friendly
Quiet and introspective

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Would you say the glass is half full or half empty?
Half full!
Half empty
That depends — what's in the glass?
I'm not thirsty.

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How much do you spend on clothing, on average, each month?
I spend too much to admit.
I've never really kept track.
I only spend money on items that truly stand out to me.
I rarely spend money on new clothes.

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When you look in the mirror, who do you see staring back at you?
Umm, me?
An amazing human being.
Someone who tries to make the world a better place every day.
I'd rather not look...

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