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How to Dress for Your Body Type

How to Dress for Your Body Type

Just as we instinctively know to play up our strong suits in, say, an interview (shout-out to the neurotic detail-oriented type As), it makes sense to do the same when it comes to our closets. Let us explain: Are you a décolletage enthusiast? Take the plunge with a deep neckline. Legs as long as the workday? Keep the hemlines short. Can’t get enough of those curves? Neither can we. Once you know what works for you and what doesn’t and have a roster of trusty pieces to reach for, looking—and feeling—your best comes easy.

HOW TO DOWNPLAY YOUR UPPER ARMS

Don’t feel like, well, baring arms? Lean into pretty, pumped-up statement sleeves and let little nuances—a cinched waist here, a chopped-off hemline there—collect all the compliments.

  1. Roussia Blouse Roussia Blouse
    Roussia
    Blouse
    goop, $530 shop now
  2. G. Label Fox Miniskirt G. Label Fox Miniskirt
    G. Label
    Fox Miniskirt
    goop, $395 shop now
  3. G. Label Peri Tie-Neck Short-Sleeve Shirt G. Label Peri Tie-Neck Short-Sleeve Shirt
    G. Label
    Peri Tie-Neck Short-Sleeve Shirt
    goop, $325 shop now
  4. MOTHER Jeans MOTHER Jeans
    MOTHER
    Jeans
    goop, $218 shop now
  5. Roksanda Dress Roksanda Dress
    Roksanda
    Dress
    goop, $1,245 shop now

Wear it with:

  1. Emme Parsons Sandals Emme Parsons Sandals
    Emme Parsons
    Sandals
    goop, $415 shop now
  2. Tabitha Simmons Sandals Tabitha Simmons Sandals
    Tabitha Simmons
    Sandals
    goop, $645 shop now
  3. Victoria Beckham Sandals Victoria Beckham Sandals
    Victoria Beckham
    Sandals
    goop, $740 shop now

HOW TO PLAY UP A PETITE FRAME

An ankle-exposing crop (no trips to the tailor necessary) plus pointy heels, or really anything with a skyscraping waistline, has the magic effect of adding inches.

  1. G. Label Nate Rib Henley G. Label Nate Rib Henley
    G. Label
    Nate Rib Henley
    goop, $395 shop now
  2. Khaite Jean Khaite Jean
    Khaite
    Jeans
    goop, $340 shop now
  3. Wandler Bag Wandler Bag
    Wandler
    Bag
    goop, $850 shop now
  4. ATP Atelier Heels ATP Atelier Heels
    ATP Atelier
    Heels
    goop, $460 shop now
  5. Jennifer Fisher x goop Hoops Jennifer Fisher x goop Hoops
    Jennifer Fisher x goop
    Hoops
    goop, $200 shop now
  6. Tibi Jumpsuit Tibi Jumpsuit
    Tibi
    Jumpsuit
    goop, $695 shop now
  7. Veja Sneakers Veja Sneakers
    Veja
    Sneakers
    goop, $135 shop now

HOW TO SHOW SOME SHOULDER

Straps or no straps, the beauty of these low cuts is that they allow your décolletage to take center stage. Enhance the situation further with pinned-up hair and something sparkly in your ears.

  1. Tibi Dress Tibi Dress
    Tibi
    Dress
    goop, $1,195 shop now
  2. Mara Hoffman Dress Mara Hoffman Dress
    Mara Hoffman
    Dress
    goop, $425 shop now
  3. Thira Strapless Dress Thira Strapless Dress
    G. Label
    Thira Strapless Dress
    goop, $595 shop now

Wear it with:

  1. STVDIO Hoops STVDIO Hoops
    STVDIO
    Hoops
    goop, $162 shop now
  2. Marlo Laz Earrings Marlo Laz Earrings
    Marlo Laz
    Earrings
    goop, $5,750 shop now
  3. Nak Armstrong Earrings Nak Armstrong Earrings
    Nak Armstrong
    Earrings
    goop, $14,500 shop now

HOW TO DOWNPLAY YOUR HIPS

First: Start with an anchor, like a flattering A-line skirt. Next: Focus your energy on the waist up, with a figure-hugging knit or something sexy and tailored. And finally: Rely on this foolproof formula anywhere and always.

  1. Toteme Top Toteme Top
    Toteme
    Top
    goop, $350 shop now
  2. Pari Desai Top Pari Desai Top
    Pari Desai
    Top
    goop, $265 shop now
  3. G. Label Carr Layered Pleated Skirt G. Label Carr Layered Pleated Skirt
    G. Label
    Carr Layered Pleated Skirt
    goop, $595 shop now
  4. ATP Atelier Flats ATP Atelier Flats
    ATP Atelier
    Flats
    goop, $390 shop now
  5. Sea Top Sea Top
    Sea
    Top
    goop, $275 shop now
  6. G. Label O'Neill Boy Button-Down G. Label O'Neill Boy Button-Down
    G. Label
    O’Neill Boy Button-Down
    goop, $295 shop now
  7. Danielson Midi Skirt Danielson Midi Skirt
    G. Label
    Danielson Midi Skirt
    goop, $495 shop now
  8. AGL sandals AGL sandals
    AGL
    sandals
    goop, $455 shop now

HOW TO COMPLEMENT YOUR CURVES

Whether you want to emphasize your curves or give off the illusion of curves, never underestimate the power of a nipped-in waist. Wraparound dresses (for the coverage queen) and bustier-like bodices (lift-off!) accentuate all the right places.

  1. Xirena Dress Xirena Dress
    Xirena
    Dress
    goop, $276 shop now
  2. G. Label Rosie Skinny-Strap Maxidress G. Label Rosie Skinny-Strap Maxidress
    G. Label
    Rosie Skinny-Strap Maxidress
    goop, $695 shop now
  3. G. Label Martindale Seamed Bustier Dress G. Label Martindale Seamed Bustier Dress
    G. Label
    Martindale Seamed Bustier Dress
    goop, $595 shop now

Wear it with:

  1. State Property Earrings State Property Earrings
    State Property
    Earrings
    goop, $850 shop now
  2. Ariel Gordon Pendant Ariel Gordon Pendant
    Ariel Gordon
    Pendant
    goop, $3,250 shop now
  3. Eriness Earrings Eriness Earrings
    Eriness
    Earrings
    goop, $725 shop now
  4. KATKIM Ring KATKIM Ring
    KATKIM
    Ring
    goop, $4,200 shop now

HOW TO EMBRACE YOUR HEIGHT

Play with proportions that complement your stature, like a pretty midi dress that hits right at the shins or high-waisted trousers that just barely graze the ground (the longer, the better, in our opinion).

  1. Sophie Buhai Bracelet Sophie Buhai Bracelet
    Sophie Buhai
    Bracelet
    goop, $995 shop now
  2. G. Label Sheely Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress G. Label Sheely Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress
    G. Label
    Sheely Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress
    goop, $595 shop now
  3. Emme Parsons Sandals Emme Parsons Sandals
    Emme Parsons
    Sandals
    goop, $395 shop now
  4. goop x Rosie Assoulin Top goop x Rosie Assoulin Top
    goop x Rosie Assoulin
    Top
    goop, $550 shop now
  5. G. Label Patrick Wide-Cuff Pants G. Label Patrick Wide-Cuff Pants
    G. Label
    Patrick Wide-Cuff Pants
    goop, $495 shop now
  6. Victoria Beckham Tote Victoria Beckham Tote
    Victoria Beckham
    Tote
    goop, $1,620 shop now
  7. Veja Sneakers Veja Sneakers
    Veja
    Sneakers
    goop, $150 shop now

HOW TO HIGHLIGHT YOUR LEGS

Prefer something generously cut with room to breathe? Or maybe you fall into the fitted-and-tailored camp? Either way, playsuits, shirtdresses, and utility skirts are all viable options for putting the focus right where you want it: on those sexy gams.

  1. G. Label Agustina Flight Romper G. Label Agustina Flight Romper
    G. Label
    Agustina Flight Romper
    goop, $525 shop now
  2. G. Label Tracy Puff-Sleeve Button-Down G. Label Tracy Puff-Sleeve Button-Down
    G. Label
    Tracy Puff-Sleeve Button-Down
    goop, $375 shop now
  3. Matin Skirt Matin Skirt
    Matin
    Skirt
    goop, $240 shop now
  4. G. Label Roxanne Utility Boxy Shirtdress G. Label Roxanne Utility Boxy Shirtdress
    G. Label
    Roxanne Utility Boxy Shirtdress
    goop, $695 shop now

Wear it with:

  1. La Californienne Watch La Californienne Watch
    La Californienne
    Watch
    goop, $6,500 shop now
  2. Staud Bag Staud Bag
    Staud
    Bag
    goop, $295 shop now
  3. Alexandre Birman Sandals Alexandre Birman Sandals
    Alexandre Birman
    Sandals
    goop, $595 shop now
  4. Veja Sneakers Veja Sneakers
    Veja
    Sneakers
    goop, $100 shop now
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