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How to dress for your body shape

How to dress for your body shape

Ever wondered why skinny jeans look on your bestie but rather unflattering on you, even though you might be the same pants size? The answer is quite simple: your body shapes may be different.

But instead of wasting your energy stressing over dresses and skirts that don’t seem to be a perfect fit, you can learn how to highlight your best assets and downplay the parts you’re not too keen on. Ever wondered how celebs always look so amazing? Sure, it could have something to do with a million-dollar bank account but it’s also due to the fact that they know their body shape… and they dress for it.

Here’s the best part: you can too! And you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on a personal stylist. Here’s how to dress for your body shape.


How to dress for your body shape

Generally, our body shapes fall into four distinct categories: square, triangle, hourglass and rectangle. However, this doesn’t mean you’re restricted in dressing only for your body shape or being forced to follow the latest fashion trends if they’re not to your taste. Today, our clothes are made from so many different fabrics and cuts that there’s something for everyone, no matter your shape, height or proportions.

At the end of the day, the goal is to dress in clothes that help you feel and look your best. You’ll know you’ve found the perfect piece for your body because you’ll be able to move comfortably without restriction, your clothes won’t gap, and they won’t pull in the wrong places. Your clothing choice should be about the right fit and what makes you feel confident. After all, we think a smile is the best thing a girl can wear.

Need a little guidance deciding what’s best for your body shape? We’ve come up with a few choices that you might want to look out for on your next online shopping mission.


What to wear if your body shape is…



  • Buy: Wide legged pants. A-line skirts. Dresses with patterned or ruffled tops. Sweetheart tops or crop tops
  • Your style icon: Kim Kardashian



  • Buy: A-line, swing and shift dresses. Skinny jeans and leggings. Blazers and open shirts. Flares with heels. Halters and deep V-necks
  • Your style icon: Drew Barrymore



  • Buy: Almost anything goes! Look for V-neck tees and stretchy fabrics that hug your body back
  • Your style icon: Ashley Graham



  • Buy: Oversized trousers, jumpsuits, gathered skirts, pencil skirts and boyfriend jeans. Halter necks, crop tops and boob tubes
  • Your style icon: Bella Hadid


Dress for your shape and shop our collection of women’s clothing online


At Billy J, we are all for self-expression and having fun through your personal fashion choices. Want to wear pastel coloured pants but you have a pear-shaped body? Don’t sweat it, girl - go ahead and wear what you want. There’s nobody stopping you. This article is just a recommendation of how you can feel confident and comfortable in clothes that flatter your shape. 

Whether you’re looking for a little black bodycon dress for that exciting first date or relaxed fit mom jeans for Sunday brunch with your besties, you’ll find it right here online at Billy J at affordable prices. We also offer fast shipping to Australian and New Zealand addresses, or to anywhere else in the world. 

Find your own personal style and build a great wardrobe with our collection of women’s dresses, jackets, jeans and more. Shop our range online now!