17 Flattering Winter Outfit Ideas For Each Body Type

Building your closet around flattering pieces isn’t a difficult thing to do if you know your body type.

By Alyssa Vandermeulen2 min read

Dressing according to your body type is not a new phenomenon. It's a trick that stylists have been using for decades in order to dress their clients in flattering, on-trend pieces that highlight their best features. You can do this at home by determining your body type (follow our guide here) and then decide what aspects of your physical shape you would prefer to emphasize. 

If you have been feeling unsure about the implications of dressing according to your body type, remember that styling is about accentuating your features, rather than hiding the parts of yourself that you don’t love. The winter season is a tempting time to pile on the layers and forget about the woman under them, but we are here to help inspire you and make you reconsider that option.

Without further ado, let's get into 17 feminine and chic winter outfits, broken down by body type.

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Pear Shape

Have a pear shaped body? Lucky girl, the cropped jacket was made for you! Pair a cropped jacket, like a bomber or a puffer jacket, with form-fitting basics, like bodysuits, for the perfect winter fit. Cropped jackets draw attention to your smaller torso, balancing the width of your hips for a look that is both comfortable and flattering! 

Abercrombie Ultra Mini Puffer, $180

FP Movement Pippa Packable Puffer Jacket, $198


If you struggle to find full-length coats that don’t swallow your frame, you should try mid-length cardigans instead. When layered well, knit cardigans can be just as cozy as your favorite outer layers, and they will draw attention to your small size without making it the center of your outfit. Avoid cropped styles during the winter and opt for longer sweaters instead! 

Abercrombie Long Length Chenille Cardigan, $80

Time and Tru Women's Boyfriend Cardigan, $18


The hourglass body type is easily dressed for most winter trends, but a fitted maxi skirt and cropped sweater combination takes it to another level! The high-waisted skirt shows off your feminine curves, and the cropped sweater adds a cozy touch that doesn’t hide the fitted form of the skirt. Add a pair of heeled booties and a cute bag for the perfect winter look! 

 Anthropologie The Tilda Maxi Slip Skirt, $98

Abercrombie LuxeLoft Crew Sweater, $80


Women with a straight body type benefit from oversized sweaters and denim, which is perfect for winter weather. The key to creating a flattering look with these two basic pieces is simply a game of proportions – either your jeans or your sweater need to break up the middle of your body! This look is easily accomplished with a longer, oversized sweater that extends your torso, or a shorter sweater and high-waisted jeans that extend your legs. 

Ariat R.E.A.L. High Rise Daniela Boot Cut, $85

Free People Coastal Stripe Pullover, $148

Plus Size

Winter style trends are full of inspiration for your body type, especially as colder weather calls for coats, maxi dresses, and knit skirts that elongate your body! You’ll want to draw attention to the length of your body with your footwear choices (yay, fun shoes!), as well as avoid excess layering that will widen your proportions. To accomplish this, we love knit dresses and long wool coats over your favorite outfits. 

Old Navy Fit & Flare Rib-Knit Maxi Dress, $50

Anthropologie The Thea Twofer Sweater Dress, $180


Apple-shaped women look great in a statement coat! Not only does this one piece instantly elevate any outfit, but it balances your body’s natural proportions without the potential restrictions. 

Boden Canterbury Textured Coat, $298

Sezane Mederick Coat, $485

Closing Thoughts 

Dressing according to your body type is the easiest way to ensure that you look (and feel) great in your clothes! Try one of these styles for your best-dressed winter yet!

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