What to Wear for a Photoshoot: Dressing for your Body

Welcome back to “How Does This Look?”, a video series created to help you choose the best outfits to wear for your next photoshoot from the perspective of a personal stylist, me, and a wedding and engagement photographer, Amanda!

This series has six parts to help you feel confident and prepared for your photo session:

  1. Fundamentals of Style

  2. Your Style v. Your Photographer's Aesthetic

  3. Confidence in Your Outfit, Posing, and Moving

  4. Dressing for your Body Type

  5. Accessories

  6. Dressing for the Seasons

What to Wear for a Photoshoot, dressing for your body type

Today, we are talking about how to dress for your body type. That’s a big part of feeling confident in the outfits you choose for your photoshoot. First, I think it’s important to understand that everyone’s body is different and your body may not be classified into a “type.” However, I’ll be walking you through the four most common body types (pear, apple, hourglass, and athletic) and how to style them.

Body Type: Pear

This is my body type. My hips are wider than my bust. In fact, my hips are also disproportionately wider than my waist. So one of the issues that I have when wearing pants is that my pants will fit at the hips but then gap at the waist. So I always have to wear a belt.

What should you wear for a photoshoot if your body has a pear shape?

Try wearing tops that have a plunging v-neck or cowl-neck. You can get away with showing “cleavage”. Bell-sleeves even look good on you because they help to balance out your upper and lower body.

You can also wear dresses for your photoshoot. So many dress styles look beautiful on a pear-shaped body! To show off your more slender upper body, you can chooses dresses with an embellished neckline, open back, or plunging v-neck. And for the bottom, anything that hits right below the knee will elongate you and make your hips and thighs look more slender.

Click here for Pinterest inspiration for Pear-Shapes!

Body Type: Apple

If your body can be classified as apple-shaped, this means that your shoulders are a bit wider than your waist. A common styling issue with apple-shaped body is finding tops and dresses that accentuates your feminine shape without making you look boxy.

What should you wear to your photoshoot if your body has an apple shape?

The best tops for apple-shaped bodies are flowy tunics, A-line silhouettes, relaxed fit button ups, and v-necks. Notice how most of these tops are wider at the bottom. This will help to create a more hourglass shape and accentuate your hips.

As for dresses, strapless dresses, wrap dresses, and maxi dresses with a lower neckline look amazing on you. The best length for you wold be mini skirts and dresses or dresses that hit right at the knee.

Click here for Pinterest Inspiration for Apple Shapes!

Body Type: Hourglass

If you have an hourglass shape, you are curvy with a well defined waist. One issue that you may have when finding the perfect outfit is choosing pieces that highlight your waist instead of draping over you with a tent-like effect.

What should you wear for a photoshoot if your body has an hourglass shape?

Your tops should be fitted! You want to really accentuate your feminine curves and show off your waist at the same time. Wrap tops, peplum blouses, and anything with a v-neck are perfect for you. Choosing topics with an already defined shape and structure will work well for your body type.

As for dresses, I would suggest anything with a fit and flare silhouette or a wrap dress. If you want to wear a loose and flowy dress, I would suggest wrapping it so that you can still show off your well defined waist.

Click here for Pinterest Inspiration for Hourglass Shapes!

Body Type: Athletic

Having an athletic body type means that your hips and shoulder are about the same width, so you aren’t particularly curvy. So a challenge for you may be finding outfits that create a more hourglass shape.

What should you wear for a photoshoot if you have an athletic body type?

You definitely want to show off your athletic frame and toned arms. So for tops, I would suggest wearing halter tops, racerback, and anything strapless. Whatever is your favorite part of your body, you want to emphasize it with your outfit.

Most dresses look great on you. You just have to decide what you want too emphasize. If you want to emphasize your arms, try a strapless or halter dress. Jumpsuits of the same style will work great for you too! If you love your legs, a shorter dress or tailored shorts would work well!

Click here for Pinterest Inspiration for Athletic Shapes!

When choosing an outfit for your photoshoot, the main goal is for you to feel comfortable and confident. And dressing in a way that flatters your body most plays a big role in how you feel on the day of the photoshoot.

I also realize that this is a visual topic so I’ve found some Pinterest boards for you for inspiration. You can find a link for them under each body type.

Also, check out what Amanda has to say about this topic on her blog. She even gives some tips on how to decide what undergarments to wear for your photo session as well! You can find her post here!


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