The Joy of Dressing for Your Body Type
Now that the world is cautiously opening up again, getting dressed is no longer a theoretical concept for a far-off future. Small gatherings, unmasked park hangs (the CDC just announced that fully vaccinated people can shed their face coverings outdoors), IRL dates with the good texter from that dating app—whatever the situation, wearing clothes that make you look and feel your best will make this responsible socializing all the more pleasurable.
IF YOU WANT TO…
COVER YOUR SHOULDERS
Sure, a simple tee would get the job done, but a tailored piece (floral mini, polished button-down, the cottagecore dress of your dreams) earns bonus style points.
HIGHLIGHT THE DÉCOLLETAGE
Strapless, sweetheart, off-the-shoulder—opt for any neckline that puts those sexy collarbones on display. Up the ante with light-catching extras, like a diamond ear crawler or a generous dollop of luminizer.
CIAO LUCIA DRESS, goop, $395; GOOP x MEJURI PAVÉ DIAMOND DÔME HOOPS, goop, $650; KHAITE TOP, goop, $1,080; ARIEL GORDON NECKLACE, goop, $10,950; ANITA KO EARRING, goop, $2,525; VICTORIA BECKHAM TOP, goop, $790
Draw the eyes north with aren’t-you-cute details, like faux-horn buttons, dainty ties, or a nipped-in empire waist.
COMPLEMENT THOSE CURVES
Shine a spotlight on an hourglass figure with a body-skimming tank or a pattern-happy dress that plays with proportion (a high neck has big “my eyes are up here” energy).
PLAY UP A PETITE FRAME
Never lacking leg room and having a lower center of gravity—Warrior III, anyone?—are just two benefits of being on the shorter side. Here’s another: Abbreviated hemlines are never a challenge.
G. Label x Tabitha Simmons Cusco Mini Shirtdress goop, $425SHOP NOW
MOTHER jeans goop, $208SHOP NOW
Anemos DRESS goop, $265SHOP NOW
The Office-Appropriate Option
Ganni SHIRT goop, $155SHOP NOW
G. Label Miller High-Waisted
Pleated Shorts goop, $325SHOP NOW
goop x Mejuri Pavé Diamond Dôme Ring goop, $550SHOP NOW
Emme Parsons SANDALS goop, $395SHOP NOW
COVER UP THE LEGS
Whether you buy into the “skinny jeans are out” thesis (just ask any Gen Zer in your life) or not, give cool, straight-leg denim a go. Or go completely off-script with a swingy skirt or wider-than-wide-leg trousers.
NILI LOTAN SHIRT, goop, $495; G. LABEL ANASTASIA RACERBACK TANK, goop, $145; NILI LOTAN SWEATER, goop, $475; NILI LOTAN PANTS, goop, $375; G. LABEL CINDY PATCH-POCKET SKIRT, goop, $450; G. LABEL CALEB WIDE-LEG PLEATED CULOTTES, goop, $495
SPOTLIGHT THE STEMS
Balance the inherent sexiness of a thigh-grazing hem with extra
volume (puff sleeve, balloon sleeve—you choose) on top.
EMBRACE YOUR HEIGHT
Full-length skirts, sweeping hemlines, jeans that don’t require a trip to the
tailor—the world is your oyster. Save the sky-high pumps for a special
occasion; low flatforms or stacked heels are great for everyday wear.
Lee Mathews DRESS goop, $550SHOP NOW
Ganni Dress goop, $215SHOP NOW
G. Label BLAIR JUMPSUIT goop, $450SHOP NOW
Khaite JEANS goop, $380SHOP NOW
JW Anderson SKIRT goop, $590SHOP NOW
Victoria Beckham JEANS goop, $590SHOP NOW
Clergerie HEELS goop, $575SHOP NOW
Clergerie SANDALS goop, $575SHOP NOW
Clergerie HEELS goop, $495SHOP NOW
FLATTER A STRAIGHT FIGURE
Flared midi dresses are made for you, wrap skirts hug your hips, and all manner of jumpsuits hang just right.
SHOW OFF YOUR ARMS
With soup cans or actual weights, you didn’t bicep-curl your way through quarantine for nothing. Show off the fruits of your labor with a flutter-sleeve dress or the sleekest halter this side of Y2K.