The Best Office Outfit Formula for Every Body Type

Here's how to flatter your shape

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No two of us are shaped exactly the same, and these beautiful differences definitely affect how each of us dress on a daily basis. After all, there is no shame in being aware of which areas of your body you want to emphasize or minimize. In fact, it says a lot about a woman if she knows how to dress in a way that shows off her body in a way that makes her feel most confident—especially in the workplace. Because what better place is there to feel 100 percent secure in yourself than in the daily routine of your career?

Ahead, our friends at Who What Wear have categorized a handful of very generalized body shapes: curvy with a tiny waist, a slim lower body with weight carried around your waist, hips that are about the same size as your waist, curvier on bottom and narrower on top, or petite overall—and suggested an outfit for each, should you feel like the described shape aligns with your figure. To preface, the below formulas are merely a guideline based on pieces that women with those particular body types tend to gravitate toward. By no means are these rules or facts. Only you know your body best. Who What Wear is just here to give you a helping hand in case you're curious. Check out the following pieces in varying sizes and price points from some of their favorite stores.

Curvy With a Tiny Waist: Midi Skirt + V-Neck Blouse

Opt for a midi skirt that will flow away from the tiniest point of your body: your waistline. When paired with a V-neck blouse, the eye will be drawn down toward your cinched waist, making the most of your hourglass figure.

pink wrap top
Art Dealer Chloe Silk-Jacquard Wrap Top $315
leather midi skirt
Envelope1976 Sarajevo Leather Wrap Skirt $685
black v neck top
Eloquii Puff Sleeve Wrap Front Bodysuit $60
midi skirt
Reformation Petites Mia Skirt $148

Slim Lower Body & Carry Weight Around Your Middle: Swing Dress + Cropped Blazer

A swing dress easily flows over your midsection and accentuates the smallest parts of your body, which are your bust and hips, nicely. A cropped blazer on top adds structure and a strong focal point at your narrower shoulders.

black swing dress
Asos Pleated Smock Dress $45
black cropped blazer
Michael Kors Collection Cropped Wool-Gabardine Blazer $1,450
plus size t-shirt dress
H&M T-shirt Dress $18
Box cropped pinstriped wool-blend blazer
Orseund Iris Box Cropped Pinstriped Wool-Blend Blazer $925

Not Very Curvy & Hips Are Around the Same Size as Your Waist: Pencil Skirt + Wrap Top

Odds are you have strong shoulders and a smaller waist. The best way to show off those assets is with a wrap top that will accentuate your waist and a pencil skirt to show off your straighter midsection. The wrap top creates a welcome division between your waist and hips that are the same size.

Baxter Metallic Stretch-knit Wrap Top
Ganni Baxter Metallic Stretch-Knit Wrap Top $125 $25
black midi skirt
Violeta by Mango Pencil Belt Skirt $80
white wrap top
The Range Vapor Crinkled-Voile Wrap Top $225
Bottani ribbed merino wool and cashmere-blend sweater
The Row Bottani Ribbed Merino Wool and Cashmere-Blend Sweater $1,390
black midi skirt
Pixie Market Black Cross Over Denim Skirt $99

Curvier on Bottom & Narrower on Top: Formfitting Top + Wide-Leg Pants

If you're looking to draw more attention to the top part of your body, try a more formfitting top and culottes on the bottom, which flatter your curves and balance them out.

green long sleeve top
The Range Alloy Cutout Ribbed Stretch-Knit Top $145
Sand Wide Leg Cuff Trousers
Topshop Sand Wide Leg Cuff Trousers $90
plaid pants
Yigal Azrouel Plaid Wide Leg Pants $495

Petite Overall: Mock-Neck Top + Straight-Leg Trousers

A slight mock turtleneck will elongate your petite frame just a bit, and the accompaniment of straight, slim trousers will complement your smaller frame. There's nothing super bulky going on here.

Tina Mock Neck Bodysuit in Black
Stelen Tina Mock Neck Bodysuit in Black $58
Petite Studio Jane Pants $169
red long sleeve top
Theory Mock Neck Top $335
black pants
Rag & Bone Simone Pants $295

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