Flattering Workwear Ideas for Every Body Type
Look, there’s no shame in your pencil skirt game. They work on pretty much everyone, and it’s a lot easier to stick to what you know while getting dressed at the crack of dawn. But…you can’t deny that when it comes to your workwear it’s feeling a little stale. To shake things up, here are six inspired outfit ideas that’ll flatter your figure and your corporate dress code policy.
IF YOU’RE BOYISH, TRY A RUFFLED BLOUSE
The volume of a frilly top adds visual curvature to your naturally straight frame. When tucked into high-waisted black pants, it defines your waist and creates a nice contrast between your top and bottom, making your figure look less rectangular. This look is for the casual workwear look.
IF YOU’RE AN HOURGLASS, TRY A BELL-SLEEVE DRESS
You already know that pencil skirts and sheaths work well with your shape. But have you ever considered that sleeves could also flatter your figure? Turns out, three-quarter-length bell sleeves draw the eye right down to your waist (and also visually slim your arms). This is quite cool for a business chic workwear ensemble.
IF YOU’RE PEAR-SHAPED, TRY A FRONT-TIE SHIRT
This trend nips you in at the waist to show off your narrowest point. Just add wide-leg culottes to lengthen your bottom half—they don’t taper, so they don’t make your hips look bigger. It’s a figure-flattering match most offices can get behind.
IF YOU HAVE A LARGE BUST, TRY PRINTED PANTS
Let your legs do the talking and use a bold pattern to draw the attention away from your chest. The key here is to keep things wildly simple on top. Too much color can take a turn for the unprofessional.
IF YOU’RE TALL, TRY A MIDI-LENGTH SILK SHIRTDRESS
This kind of fabric hangs beautifully on ladies with height and is comfortable as all heck. Because the dress is longer, you can afford to look for one with slits. Just make sure they’re not so high that HR cringes when you sit down.
IF YOU’RE PETITE, TRY A FAUX JUMPSUIT
Just like a real jumpsuit, it creates a long line down your body to visually fake some extra height. But unlike a real jumpsuit, you have control over how the top and bottom fit. This way, you won’t end up in a piece that’s too long in the torso or too tight on top.