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Dress to Impress: How to Make the Most of Your Body Type

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Do you dress to cover your perceived flaws, or to flatter your shape?

Kate Dimmock, the fashion director of PeopleStyleWatch, visited “Good Morning America” today to show you how to dress to make the most of your body type.

Whether you’re curvy, busty, boyish or plus-sized, Dimmock’s advice can help you look your best.

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Body Type: Curvy

The key to looking your best is to show off your natural hourglass figure. For example, a silky blouse that isn’t too clingy will flatter your bust. Pair it with a knee-length pencil skirt to flatter your waist – without emphasizing your hips.

Items in the Look

H&M purple top, $34.95; at H&M

Boundary & Co. Pencil skirt, $59; piperlime.com

Calvin Klein "Symone" sandal, $89.99; piperlime.com

R.J. Graziano bracelets, $45 each

Wildlife by Heidi Klum pave teardrop earrings, $64; qvc.com


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Body Type: Boyish

The goal is to create the illusion of curves.  Create the appearance of a slimmer mid-section with waist-defining cuts such as peplum. Pair this with skinny and slightly higher rise jeans to create the hourglass-figure illusion.

Items in the Look

Top Shop red peplum top, $60; at Top Shop

Arden B. skinny jean, $79; ardenb.com

Ivanka Trump cap toe pump, $135; piperlime.com

All The Rage Online spiked necklace, $30; alltherageonline.com


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Body Type: Busty

The goal is to de-emphasize the bust – without trying to hide it. Flatter your top half with tops that are roomy with draping. Pair it with a tailored blazer and pants in lighter shades to visually narrow your upper body.

Items in the Look

Top Shop Blazer; $130; at Top Shop

Tinely Road bow tank, $39; piperlime.com

Forever 21 pants, $22.80; forever21.com

Lulus spiked pump, $49; lulus.com


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Body Type: Plus-Size

The key is to streamline your silhouette with figure-flattering seams. Choose a dress with waist-defining embellishments (such as belts and seaming) in bright colors, in order to play up the parts of your body that you want to enhance.

Items in the Look

Loft ponte sheath dress, $89.50; at Loft

Lulus cap toe pump, $79; lulus.com

R.J. Graziano chunky bracelet, $45



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