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How to Dress for Your Shape

Find the right fit for your body type with our shape-targeted advice on buying pants, skirts, dresses, and more.

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Pencil Skirts for Every Shape

Any body type can pull of the sleek cut of a pencil skirt with a few helpful pointers.
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Cropped Pants for Every Shape

How to ensure this ultimate summer-to-fall staple looks crisp and current on you.
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The Best Cardigan Sweaters for Your Shape

They’re the ultimate throw-on-and-go layer, but to ensure that you look smart (not schlumpy), consider these figure-enhancing tips and picks.
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The Best Trousers for Every Shape

Like a great office mate, the ideal pair of work pants is dependable, versatile, and always professional. Find the one that suits you best.
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Get the Perfect Fit
Experts advice on how to pick sizes and shapes for just the right fit.

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Shop for Your Shape Checklist

Most women fall into one of the following categories: triangle (larger at the bottom), circle (thick around the middle), hourglass (curvy but evenly proportioned), and rectangle (straight up and down). Learn which pieces work best for your unique body shape—and which won’t flatter you.

  • Wide-leg pants. A dark pair slenderizes the thighs while creating a longer and slimmer silhouette.
  • Boatneck top. The wide neckline broadens the shoulders to offset fuller hips.
  • Tailored jacket. A structured jacket plays up the shoulders (which are narrower than the width of the hips on a triangle shape) to even out the lower body's proportions.

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