Why you should dress with your body shape in mind Oval

Body shape oval


Dressing your body shape is part and parcel of accessing the tools that will make you look good on the outside which in the end affects how we feel on the inside, but it is essential that there be a balance of self-love on the inside as well as the outside.  Following the guidelines will help you look fantastic but it's just as important to embrace your shape and love who you are from the inside out.

The Oval waist is undefined with a large LOW stomach and a tendency to have 'love handles'.  The hips are broad and the upper thighs generous may have a large or flat derriere.

An oval body shape will be a Body Shape that is 00/000 in weight has a larger waist measurement than her bust and hips, or if she has previously been an Hour Glass or Pear Body Shape but after additional weight has a large stomach as a prominent feature.

Our aim with this Body Shape is to visually elongate the body create an inverted triangle shape by pulling attention towards the shoulders and Head.

Let's take a look at the basic breakdown of the Oval.

  • Shoulders narrower than hips by at least one size
  • Widest point is on the hip
  • Often long between rib cage and pelvis


  • Semi-Fitted soft silhouettes
  • Well fitting Bras
  • Low Necklines
  • Dresses that flow through the waistline
  • Tops and blouses to be worn out of pants or skirts
  • Support garments for torso
  • Flat front straight and soft pants


  • Belts 
  • Tucking tops in
  • Waist emphasis
  • High Necklines
  • Pleats
  • Large Labels

It is quite often a good idea for this Body Shape to have items made by a seamstress as some boxy items may add to size whereas some definition in the right places can aid this Body Shape.

We are all unique and do not all fit into the perfect mould of the Body Shapes discussed however it is a practical guide to help you in the right direction.

The Imagepreneur has a specialised Style Program, this program is far more than a fashion program it is a timeless style program that creates a custom, easy to use style program for you based on your individual physical characteristics and age it is totally unique as it analyses your body as a whole before giving you any recommendations - this avoids conflicting results, which is common with other styling platforms and programs. This program will give you a photo of each item you require in your wardrobe from Jackets to bags, scarves and a whole lot more.  You can read more about it HERE

Do you know that you can eat and exercise specifically for your body shape, let me know if this is of interest you in the comments below and I will expand on them in the TI blog.

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