Celebrity-inspired tips for dressing your body

Sarah Bernard
·Host of The Thread

One of the things that sets stars apart style-wise is that, thanks to advice from experts and years of trial and error, they know how to dress for their bodies. They know which silhouettes, hem-lengths, and trends look best on them and, more importantly, which ones they should avoid at all costs. So why not take advantage of their expertise? Pick a celebrity whose body type is similar to yours, and let her wardrobe choices help guide you. In this episode, we show you how Sofia Vergara, Kate Middleton, Beyoncé, Melissa McCarthy and Carrie Underwood play up their assets and how you can, too.


Sofia Vergara

Body type: Curvy

You’ll never see Sofia in a chunky sweater or shapeless pants. She is all about wearing fabrics with stretch that hug her curves in the right places. She also knows how to work with proportions so she can show off her assets without looking trashy. If something’s cut low, she balances it with a longer hemline.


Kate Middleton

Body type: Tall and thin

If you have a straight-up-and-down shape like Kate's, create the illusion of curves with flirty, feminine A-line dresses. The suggestion of an hourglass shape can be made very successfully by choosing a dress with strong shoulders and a belt or ribbon detailing at the waist.



Body type: Bigger on the bottom

At the moment, Queen B’s shape is in flux -- she’s expecting a baby in February. But the mom-to-be is naturally a bit larger on the bottom than the top. If you check out her pre-baby wardrobe, you can see that she deftly chooses pieces with a lot going on up top; embellishment or a deep v-neck will help draw the eye upwards.


Melissa McCarthy

Body type: Plus-size

Melissa is so attuned to what looks best for her shape that she’s designing her own line of plus-size clothing. Most often she chooses monochromatic pieces with flattering ¾ or full-length sleeves in classic cuts, adding a standout accessory or hairstyle for punctuation.


Carrie Underwood

Body type: Petite

You might have the impression that Carrie’s legs are a mile long but the songstress is barely 5’3.” She smartly chooses mini-dresses to show off her toned gams and if she does go for a dramatic gown, she’ll make sure it’s in a solid color for maximum elongating.


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