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Dress for Your Body Type With Help From Monroe and Main

How to Dress Your Body Type
Our beautiful bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Do you embrace your body type when you dress? Do you even know what your body type is? The folks at Monroe and Main help women confidently dress to fit her style needs, balance her shape, and flatter her figure as her body ages. They are poised to be an  industry leader in clothing that fits various body types covering sizes 6-24 or S-3X. They have something for nearly everyone.

How to Dress For Your Body Type

Tips to Dress for Your Body Type

The first step is figuring out your body shape. When you don’t dress right for your personal shape, it can really throw off your proportions. Once you determine your body type, you might select some shapewear to help further accentuate “what ya mama gave you!” Monroe and Main provides great information in their “How to Dress Your Body Type” info graphics. Find the full info graphics and instructions here.


Measuring my body as per the Monroe and Main instructions, I determined that I am an hourglass shape. I am widest at my bust and hips. Before selecting my outfit, I checked out the Monroe and Main shapewear section. Not only plus size women can benefit from shape wear. Many celebrities (even the ones you think are “perfect”) wear them, they just don’t want you to know about it.

How to Dress Your Body Type

The “muffin top” area is my trouble zone. In case you have not heard this term, it’s the part of your hips/waist that spills over the waistline of your bottoms. I selected a high waisted brief to provide smoothing around my waist a bit of lift to my bum. No one needs to know, right? I love that I look great and feel confident that my shape looks its best.


I selected this lovely blouse (Temptress Tie Top) that ties in the middle to accentuate my waist. The printed bottoms (Paisley Brocade Pant)highlight my hips and bum and the platform sandals (Zip Canvas Wedge) elongate my legs. The entire outfit is super comfortable and cost less that $200. I love looking great without breaking the bank, don’t you?


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Well guess what, now YOU have a chance to win a “How To Dress Your Body Type” Kit, including Monroe and Main Measuring Tape and $185 Monroe And Main shopping spree. Woo hoo!!

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This is a Fashionista Event Opportunity, and is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic. I was provided with a free outfit from Monroe and Main. All opinions are my own.


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  1. Christy Peeples DuBois says:

    I have read a post similar to these on Monroe and Mains blog but it wasn’t as detailed but I find it so interesting how different patterns, colors, shapes can influence our overall appearance/look and flatter or not flatter our body shape, and by all means we prefer that they flatter!!
    I am an hourglass body type and would want medium support shapewear. Thanks so much for this great opportunity.

  2. Gail Williams says:

    I learned that I am an hourglass figure-type even though I am a plus size woman.

  3. Linda Kish says:

    Your shapewear shouldn’t be restrictive! Make sure you can breathe and move around easily, even in corsets and other strong-control shapewear styles.

  4. Lynne says:

    I learned that you have to consider not just how the clothing is cut, but also what color it is, and what kind of print is on it to figure out how to successfully flatter your body type.

  5. Anita k says:

    I learned that I am an Oval,and I have been wearing the wrong clothes.

  6. Nicole Carter (Weasley) says:

    I learned I’m a rectangle type, good to know!

  7. crystal gibson says:

    I learned that I have an oval shape and should wear structured or belted jackets and tops.

  8. I learned one of the easiest ways to take focus away from my hips is with a bright colorful top. Smart!! I also learned they have a TON of cute clothes! Thank you for the chance!

  9. jeanette sheets says:

    ive learned how to properly measure myself

  10. I learned that I have an hourglass shape and I NEVER would have thought that!

  11. Tina W says:

    They say that good foundation garments are the key to dressing well, which I believe. An ill-fitting bra makes everything look and feel terrible.

  12. sarah issac says:

    I learned I am an oval

  13. Ellen Casper says:

    I learned that I’m a hourglass shape and should wear bold colors and prints to accentuate my assets.

  14. I am very petite and was surprised to learn I have an hourglass figure.

  15. kathy dalton says:

    i am an oval and therefore I need to create a waistline

  16. I absolutely love your whole ensemble! I learned that, while I am still an hourglass shape, the ratio between my waist and hips is ever lessening. One of these days, I will be a rectangle! But when that happens, I will be happy because I’ll know how to dress, thanks to guides like the one at Monroe and Main!

  17. Jeanine says:

    I learned how to find my body type, which is a triangle.

  18. julia says:

    Learned I am an oval shape. I am a size 6 and this website is perfect

  19. Claire Rheinheimer says:

    I’m really surprised that I can’t figure out what my shape is my looking at the pictures, I’m going to have to measure!

  20. Claire Rheinheimer says:

    I figured I could just look at the pictures and figure out my shape, I’m going to have to actually measure myself. How weird!

  21. Katherine says:

    Their explanation of measuring choosing your body style and then your fashion is the best I have ever seen

  22. Danielle says:

    Apparently I’m a rectangle — how unglamorous sounding! Interesting that I’ve always found empire waisted dresses to be the most flattering on me but they aren’t even mentioned here for rectangles!

  23. Wendy R. says:

    I swear I left a comment but it seems to have disappeared. I am an hourglass shape, which is good to know that I still am.

  24. Katherine Riley says:

    I learned there are 5 main body types and that I am an hourglass.

  25. wendi says:

    i am rectangle in summer and i dont qualify in the winter lol

  26. amy rouse says:

    Women with inverted triangle body shapes will have larger bust measurements than their waist and hip numbers, and visually their bodies will appear more narrow at the hips than the shoulders. <<< that's me!

  27. Amanda Lea says:

    I learned how to take proper measurements and that I am pear shaped.

  28. Dandi D says:

    I learned how to correctly identify my body shape and make good clothing choices.

  29. Sheila Vives says:

    I learned that I am an “Oval”, which I think is the hardest shape to find clothes for.

  30. I learned how to identify my body shape and buy for it.

  31. M.Clark says:

    I learned that knowing your body’s shape is the perfect foundation for dressing well and choosing clothes that flatter.

  32. Tish Wilson says:

    I learned that I am an hourglass shape. I also never heard of the way they demonstrate to measure your waist, but I will be trying it.

  33. Laura G says:

    I learned that different patterns look best on different body types.

  34. heather eg kaufman says:

    I learned that I am an inverted triangle. I have never even heard of this shape.

  35. Emily Endrizzi says:

    I learned that I am rectangular shaped.

  36. Shawna says:

    I learned that the key to mixing prints is to stay in the same color family and varying the scale of pattern.

  37. JanD says:

    I learned the right way to measure my waistline.

  38. Julie L says:

    I learned that I’m an hourglass shape! I was surprised to hear that!

  39. I learned that in order to mix patterns, you just have to stay in the same color family. Sounds easy enough!

  40. AlexisB says:

    I had no idea there were so many different body types/shapes! I believe I am an oval.

  41. Hannah Avery says:

    I learned that by taking your measurements, you can figure out what shape you are.

  42. Kelly says:

    I am so excited by this company. I learned that I am an oval, and I am excited to see all the outfits that will look best on me 🙂

  43. Delores Harris says:

    Your outfit is very flattering. Tina Fey doesn’t mind showing off her shapewear.

  44. Seyma Shabbir says:

    The first thing you should do is to take your measurements and determine body shape, I am an hourglass.

  45. Ida Mae says:

    I learned that I am an hourglass shape. Now to hopefully win so I can get some proper clothes!

  46. latanya says:

    If your hip measurement is considerably larger than your waist and bust measurements, and your shoulders appear more narrow than your hips, your body type is considered a triangle.

  47. Sara Theissen says:

    I learned that I’m an oval shape, and I can add some definition to my body by wearing structured and belted tops or jackets and dresses that help emphasize a natural waist.

  48. Sherry Compton says:

    I learned how to take measurements of your waist and hips.

  49. Dawn Monroe says:

    I learned that I am probably a rectangle body shape and they suggest a belted outfit , which is something I always try not to do. I learned something new!

  50. Andrea Williams says:

    I learned how to properly measure my body and that I should try some bright and bold solids and prints.

  51. Michele P says:

    I learned you need to measure your bust, waistline and hips to find out which of the 5 body types you have.

  52. Alice F says:

    I had no idea there so many different body types! Also, I the first step in determining body type is to start with your body’s measurements.

  53. Aaron says:

    I learned that there are five body shapes based on three measurements.

  54. Marti Tabora says:

    I learned that you should always pair bold and bright colors with more neutral tones, I never really do this. Thank you.

  55. Andrea Darst says:

    I learned I’m a rectangle shape and A-line dresses are best for me!

  56. Apryl Potter says:

    I didn’t know there were so many body types. I also didn’t know how to measure my waist correctly. Thanks you!

  57. Crystal says:

    I desperately need a wardrobe makeover!

  58. Jeanna says:

    I learned that I am more of a rectangle shape. I also learned that once you know your shape, it’s easy to understand which areas to highlight and which you might not want to!

  59. Heather in VA says:

    I learned that good foundation garments are the key to dressing well.

  60. Love your pants…fun outfit and very flattering!

  61. Angela W says:

    I took my measurements and I found out that I have an hourglass shape and I how I wear my clothes to flatter that shape is important. I should wear bold colors or prints that highlight my assets.

  62. Candy O says:

    Love the outfit on you! The tie waist top is beautiful!

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