Do Your Clothes Actually Flatter Your Body Type?

By: Monica Lee

Do Your Clothes Actually Flatter Your Body Type?
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About This Quiz

Before you can even choose clothes that flatter your body, you need to know what body type you are. Are you an apple, pear, hourglass or rectangle? Each body type presents great clothing opportunities and potential fashion failures. To steer you in the right direction, you need to know your assets. Are they your long legs, small waist, ample breasts or all of the above? The idea behind choosing the right look for you lies in amplifying the best features and minimizing the others. 

Clothes are amazing. With color, texture, hemlines and accessories you can look like a million bucks without breaking the bank. For instance, a rectangular body needs a few curves, so even a thin belt accenting the waistline will totally up your game. For pear-shaped gals, your tiny upper body is a prize, and you can dress it up with layers and textures to balance your proportions better. The apple-shaped woman needs to know how to minimize her stomach while maximizing her breasts and legs;, a low cut shirt that ends at the hip and a short skirt combination does the job in a flash. For those fortunate hourglass beauties, the tailored look offers flawless fashion. Now is the time to get ahead of the couture curve. Take this quiz now. 

How would you describe your figure?
Somewhat boyish
I look good from the waist up.
I like my legs.
People are envious of my figure.

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Does your body tend to look straight without a defined waistline?
Yep, sounds like me.
I'm definitely bigger on the bottom.
I'm definitely bigger around the middle.
I have a defined waist line.

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When you look in the mirror, do you see large hips and a tiny bust?
No, I'm the same size all the way down.
Yes, that's what I see.
I've got a big bust AND big hips
I have a nice size bust.

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Have you noticed you have slimmer arms and legs, but when it comes to your bust, it's larger than the hip section?
Nothing really sticks out as bigger than the rest of my body.
My hips are larger than my bust.
Yes, I'm just noticing that.
I'm pretty proportional.

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If someone told you to wear a tube dress, what would you think?
Sure, sounds cute.
My hips will look huge in that.
I'd need to wear a bra with that, so no.
I like things that are more form fitting on my bottom half.

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How do you feel about tight skirts?
Fine as long as I can wear it with a belt, otherwise I look like a straight line.
My butt doesn't look good in tight skirts.
I like it because I like showing off my legs if I pair it with a blazer that's fine.
Sure tight skirts and tight shirts look good on me.

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Tops that fall lower than the hip bone can hide a pouchy stomach, is that a good look for you?
I like the long look, but I don't have a pouchy stomach.
No, my waist is the smallest thing on me, I don't want to hide it.
I like that idea.
I know I look better with more fitted clothes.

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What would you look like in a tight flowered wrap-around top and matching skirt?
Like a curtain
I don't want something tight on my hips.
I don't want something tight on my stomach.
Gorgeous

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How would your friends describe your figure?
They think I have a model's figure.
Even with my small boobs, they say I'm voluptuous.
They tell me my legs are my best feature.
They think I have an hourglass figure.

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You are going to buy a belt, what do you look for?
I like the skinny belts.
I like a tight shirt, dark belt and a loose, flowy skirt.
I like belts that I can puff up my blouse above and below it.
A statement belt, thick and bold.

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Would you consider wearing a push-up bra?
Yes, I need more curves.
Absolutely!
No, I've got plenty on top.
I don't really need it, but if it makes the outfit work, okay.

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Shoes can draw attention to your legs, what type of heels do you normally wear?
Flats
Low heels
4-inch heels
3-inch heels

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When it comes to jewelry, what looks best on you?
Gold jewelry
Simple, but eye-catching jewelry
Necklaces that stop at the breast line
Necklaces that fall to my navel

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It's time to buy a suit jacket, what do you think looks good on you?
A long jacket
A jacket with a scoop neck
One with well-defined shoulders
A fitted, tailored jacket

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Layers! Do you like wearing them?
Yes, it adds more dimensions to my body.
I like adding a little bulk to my shoulders to balance out my hips.
It's not the best look for me.
It can be cute.

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Tight-fitting pants. A pleasure or a pain?
A pleasure
A pain
It's just so hard to find the right size for me.
I like having a little more room than be sucked in tight.

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Would you consider wearing A-line dresses and skirts?
Sure, it will give me a waistline.
I like it because it highlights my waist and is generous over my hips.
It's okay.
Sure, I have a nice waistline, I might as well accentuate it.

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If you have a big chest, how can you minimize the look?
I don't know, that's not a problem I have.
I try to maximize my chest.
A V-neck, cowl or scoop neck
A V-neck

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What's your favorite store to go clothes shopping?
L.L. Bean
Macy's
Urban Outfitters
J. Crew

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Scarves can make or break a look, how do you wear yours?
I don't tie it, it's just around my neck and flowing.
I use it to highlight my eyes, so I tie it around my neck.
I like to show some skin, so I have a loose knot that falls around my chest.
I like to have the scarf around my shoulders.

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Undergarments are the foundation of a gorgeous look, what are yours like?
Cute and lacy
Mine are padded.
No padding and supportive
Supportive and varied (Halter, Racerback, etc.)

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Dark colors on top or bottom?
Neither
Bottom
Both
Top

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Where do you prefer your skirts to end?
I actually like the ankle length of bohemian skirts.
Past the knee
I like short skirts.
When they end at the knee

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Are pleated skirts a yes-yes or no-no?
I like box pleats.
Smaller, narrow pleats are fine.
I don't need extra fabric, it makes me look bigger.
Super small pleats in a light fabric works for me.

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Have you noticed what types of pants look good on you?
Slim, straight and bootleg
Wide-legged pants
Skinny jeans and leggings
Flat front boot cut trousers, preferably with a little stretch

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What style of shoes look good on you?
Simple pumps in a neutral tone
Open-toe wedges
Strappy sandals
Shoes with rounded toes, peep toes or bows

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Frills on your clothes, love it or leave it?
I'll try it, but it's not really my style.
Love it. Frills on top balance out my figure.
Frills on the hem of my skirt flatter my legs.
Leave it. I don't need an extra layer.

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Do you look better in stiff fabrics or fluid fabrics?
More fluid than stiff
Stiff
More stiff than fluid
Fluid

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The hem on a shirt tail top looks best when it is what?
When it ends with a straight hem across the hip
When it ends with a curved hem that gives my legs some room
When it's flowy and isn't tight on my hips
When it ends on a diagonal from my waist to my hip

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How do you like to accentuate your figure the most?
Bright colors
Different textures
Different patterns
Classic tailoring

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