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Dress to Impress for Your Body Type

November 5, 2015

We believe the first step in looking great is feeling great, but we also know there are certain styles and cuts that flatter each body type. So whether you are petite, have a slim angular frame, or have an hourglass figure, you can dress to impress using these style tips and tricks.

In the video below, one of our designers Kris gives you the perfect solution for dealing with jeans that are too long. Many women face this problem, even if they aren’t petite. View tips on hemming and fraying – both methods will give you a fabulous look.

Elongate your frame

Good things come in small packages. Excellent posture can be your number one accessory! If you have a smaller frame, there are ways to make yourself look taller, such as dressing in a column of color to trick the eye, which creates the illusion of length and height.

Beau Jacket, Sleeveless Tie-Back Tee, Capote Trouser, Simone Bracelet, Ted Baker Black Pump, Clare V. Clutch

Ritz Sweater, Ginger Top, Overlay Pencil Skirt (turmeric), Collette Bracelet, Ted Baker Black Pump, Stuart Weitzman Purse


Invest in a good tailor—ensuring your garments fit well and sit close to the body, you’ll enhance your figure

Flaunt your waistline

Be the envy of all and show off your curves! Whether tall, petite, or full-figured, show off your gorgeous hourglass proportions. Belts are your best friend and can be used to accentuate what you’ve been blessed with.

Claire Dress, Twist Scarf, Wide BeltDolce & Gabbana Lipstick, Stuart Weitzman Heels

Meg Cardigan, Drape Tank, Nouveau Legging, Stuart Weitzman Shoe, Clare V. Sunglasses, Elizabeth and James Bag


Tuck in the front of your tee or add a wide belt at your waist to get the most impact and draw the eye in to your tiny waistline.

No hips, no curves, no problem!

With a more rectangular body shape, you can easily incorporate any style into your look. Create the illusion of a curvier figure by wearing a top with a slight peplum, which gives the illusion of shape at the waistline.

Zigzag Jacket, Bustier Top, Overlay Pencil Skirt (black)Pearl Back Drop Earrings, Manolo Blahnik Heels, Dolce & Gabbana Lipstick


Accessories create interest and movement. Choose items with texture and dimension, like a basket weave clutch or chunky jewels.

Create shoulders & Lengthen legs

If you’re looking to minimize your midsection, wear pieces that balance your shoulders and bust with your hips. You’ll want looks that create fullness on top and lengthen from the waist down. Use a scarf to draw interest and frame your face.

Swing Tee (heather turquoise), Grid Skinny Jean, Twist Scarf, Rag & Bone Booties, Clare V. Sunglasses

Foldover Pullover, Skipper Tee, Overlay Pencil Skirt (turmeric), Rag & Bone Booties, Elizabeth and James Bag, Bobbi Brown Nail Polish


An easy, loose flowy top shows off your fashionable side. Add skinny jeans to showcase your great legs.

Embrace your shoulders

Blessed with beautiful shoulders? Learn to accentuate them by wearing jackets with a structured arm, like a blazer. You can also draw attention down to your waistline by wearing belts and nipped-in garments.

Crew Blazer, 9-to-5 Blouse, Skater SkirtSimone Bracelet, Ted Baker London Black Pump, Clare V. Clutch

Zigzag Jacket, Domino Blouse, Shadow cabi Curvy Slim Boot, Pearl Back Drop Earrings, Rag & Bone Booties, Bobbi Brown Nail Polish


Slim fitted pieces with narrow shoulders tend to look great on just about everyone. Pair them with a flared skirt or bootcut jean.

How do you dress for your body type? What is your favorite feature and what do you do to play it up? Let us know in the comments below and remember to keep sharing your cabi style on social media using #cabiclothing.