The Best Office Outfit Formula for Every Body Type

Updated 05/07/19

No two of us are shaped exactly the same, so at our sister site Who What Wear, they love to celebrate the many different body types of women. And these beautiful differences definitely affect how each of us dresses 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 tells 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% secure in yourself than in the daily routine of your career?

Ahead, we've categorized a handful of very generalized body shapes 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, we are just here to give you a helping hand should you feel a little lost on what you think feels and looks best on you.

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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. The pairing of a V-neck blouse will draw the eye down toward your cinched waist.

Le Funk Silk-satin Shirt
Orseund Iris Le Funk Silk-Satin Shirt $275
Coated Wool-blend Midi Skirt
RUH Coated Wool-Blend Midi Skirt $475
Eloquii Button Front V Neck Top $60
Tiger Jacquard Knit Pleated Skirt
Proenza Schouler Tiger Jacquard Knit Pleated Skirt $895

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. A cropped blazer on top will add structure and a strong focal point up toward your narrower shoulders.

Wright Cropped Wool Blazer
Equipment Wright Cropped Wool Blazer $395
Zara Ruffled Dress $40
Cropped Embellished Harris Tweed Blazer
Adam Lippes Cropped Embellished Harris Tweed Blazer $1640
H&M+ Jersey Dress $30

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

Odds are you have strong shoulders and a tiny 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.

Baxter Metallic Stretch-knit Wrap Top
Ganni Baxter Metallic Stretch-Knit Wrap Top $160
Violeta Buttoned Checked Skirt $80
Cropped Printed Stretch-silk Wrap Top
Diane von Furstenberg Cropped Printed Stretch-Silk Wrap Top $300
Pixie Market Black Button Back Pencil Skirt $88

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 will most highlight your lower body.

Intarsia Ribbed-knit Turtleneck Sweater
Emilio Pucci Intarsia Ribbed-Knit Turtleneck Sweater $860
Mixed Check Wide Leg Trousers
Topshop Mixed Check Wide Leg Trousers $100
Wide Leg Double Pleat Pants
A.W.A.K.E. Wide Leg Double Pleat Pants $690

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.

Tie Back Long Sleeve Top in Army
Farrow Tie Back Long Sleeve Top in Army $75 $13
Petite Studio Jane Pants $169
Pleated Cropped Top
Tibi Pleated Cropped Top $495
Joie Ianna Trousers $248

This post was originally published on Who What Wear at an earlier date and has since been updated. Next up, shop the four fall essentials our readers can't get enough of.

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