How to Dress the A Body Shape

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Traditionally known as the pear body shape, the A shape is characterized by a curvy set of hips.

  • The widest part of the body is the hips and/or thighs
  • The shoulders, bust, and arms are smaller compared to the hips
  • A defined waist thanks to wider hips
  • Tend to have thicker thighs
  • Can have a fuller butt, though not always
  • Tend to gain weight around the lower stomach, hips, and upper highs

How to Dress the A shape

I believe there are multiple approaches to flattering the A shape depending on what your style goal is. You can either play up your figure more by emphasizing your curves or choose to balance out your silhouette by highlighting the upper body while drawing attention away from the hips and thighs.

How to balance out your A shape

The goal here is to show off your curves without over emphasizing them, elongate your figure and balance out your shoulders with your hips.

Square Neck Slim Fit Top

Ruched, voluminous sleeves with a square neckline creates width in the shoulders to balance out the hips. A bright color like red draws attention to the upper body. The fitted silhouette with the half sleeves highlights the waist.

Puffed Half Sleeves Mock Neck Blouse

Alternatively, a similar silhouette in a mock neckline achieves the same visual interest.

Off the Shoulder Boat Neck Long Sleeve Top

Off the shoulder top widens the shoulders while the flowy fabric gently follows the curves of the body.

Ribbed Striped Sweater

Structured shoulders with horizontal stripes draw attention upwards.

Ribbed Sweater Dress with Belt

Wide V-neck, bat wing sleeves, and diagonal ribbed detail creates volume on the upper body. The belt shows off the waistline while vertical ribbed detail below the waist lengthens the lower body.

Levi's Classic Bootcut Jeans
Mid-rise jeans sit comfortably at waist, easy through hips and thighs for a flattering fit, minimal distressing around the hips keeps the eyes moving, bootcut silhouette balances out the hips, and vertical grain lengthens the legs.
  • Look for pieces with shoulder detail to visually broaden the shoulders
  • Show off your waistline with waist cinching and shaping details
  • Wear prints and patterns, textures, or interesting details on the upper half of the body
  • Invest in light or brightly colored tops
  • Wear layers on your top half draws attention upwards
  • Tops and jackets to end at either above or below the widest part of your hips
  • Wear darker colors on the lower part of the body
  • Slightly flared hem to balance out the hips
  • Keep the bottom with minimal detail, avoid shiny or textured fabrics, patch pockets at the hips, pleats.

How to emphasize your womanly hips

Conversely, play up the lower parts of your body to flaunt your womanly hips.


High Waisted Skinny Jeans
Highlights your small waist and curvy hips. Vertical grain on the jeans elongates the legs.
Belted Wide V Neck Sweater with Ruffled Hem
Belted waist flatters your small waistline while the flared hem accentuates your hips.


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