The Complete Guide to Making Prints and Patterns Work for Your Body Type

Every season has its own on-trend patterns, but prints and patterns are just one of those cyclical trends that will never really go out of style. Navigating through the many types of prints and garments out there can be overwhelming, especially when you’re trying to pick the right outfits for your body type. Whether you’re into subtle prints or bold and colorful patterns, you can find ways to rock these styles no matter your shape or size. Check out three ways to wear prints and patterns that will instantly flatter your body type!

body type: prints on top

Prints on Top

Best For: Petite or Pear Body Shape

Not quite vertically endowed? I can relate! If you’re petite like me, stick to smaller subtle patterns that won’t overwhelm your small frame. If you’re pear-shaped, your hips are generally wider than your bust. Mixing prints and patterns on the top half of your frame will visually balance your figure.

 

body type: all over prints

All-Over Print

Best For: Tall, Straight, or Hourglass Body Shape

Take advantage of your tall physique by gracing your body with larger prints and more of it! Longer printed garments like dresses, maxis skirts, and jumpsuits will work well with your height. For straight and hourglass body types, your shoulders and hips are proportionate, meaning an all-over print will flatter you from head to hem.

 

body type: prints on bottom

Prints on Bottom

Best For: Apple or Inverted Triangle Body Shape

Generally, if your bust is proportionally larger than your hips, you fall in the apple shape or inverted triangle category. That means you’ll want your outfit to even out your proportions by highlighting the legs and hips to balance out your bust. Patterned bottoms and solid tops will look great on your figure!

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Jenn Wang
Written by Jenn Wang
I’m a die-hard Midwestern gal living in the pursuit of a vibrant life. That means I’m hustlin’ hard while not taking life too seriously, staying active while eating as many French fries as I darn well please, and traveling the world while staying loyal to my Midwestern roots.