Body Type & Clothing ConnectionStrategic Dressing

Returning to an office (Part One)

By May 21, 2022January 22nd, 2024No Comments

As we return to the office, what clothes and styles are acceptable today in this hybrid work model? šŸ“‚šŸ’»

There is a plethora of brands and styles that have reinvented themselves to offer more versatile, classic, and comfortable options. As we update our closet to fit this new standard, we need brands that are long-lasting and that fit our body type šŸ‘—.

In order to kickstart your search for fresh items to add to your wardrobe,Ā we created a guide of our favorite brands by body type, so you can feel your best as you navigate through the return to the office āœØ.

Determining your body type is a way to find clothing that makes you look your best, highlighting your assets, and balancing out your overall figure.

Our Favorite Finds by Body Type


The goal: Repeat your curved shape and defined waist

  • Subtle shoulder pads work well to slim the entire silhouette
  • Darts, waistline tucks, princess seams
  • Tucked in tops with belts


The goal: Strengthen the shoulder line to balance middle body fullness

  • Straight lines, with no waist shaping & vertical design details
  • Tops left out rather than tucked in
  • Jackets fingertip length or longer
  • Details close to the face draw attention away from mid-body (try using a contrast collar or bold necklace!)


The goal: De-emphasize waist

  • Straight or semi-fitted styles
  • Longer jackets: fingertip or longer
  • Worn out tops rather than tucked in
  • Low-rise pantsĀ 
  • Avoid belts, unless narrow and discreet


The goal: Call attention to slim upper body, make the eye look up

  • Slim skirts and pants, snug to the hip, even if you have to take in the waist!
  • Bright, textured jackets, above the hip
  • Tucked in shirts

Inverted Triangle

The goal: Minimize upper body and emphasize lower body

  • Strong colors and patterns in bottoms
  • Relaxed fit in tops
  • Low-slung belt, worn asymmetrically