You usually know what looks best on you – from that one dress you always wear, to that body-hugging pair of jeans – yet, we reckoned a guide on how to dress to best suit your body shape is never a bad idea.
Acknowledging your basic body shape and comprehending what types of clothing that really aid in accentuating your most flattering features will mean smiles all day long, confident posing and tailored outfits that commend attention; and who wouldn’t want that?
Today there is a whole range of options to choose from in fashion, whether your curvy, athletic, full-figured, pear, petite, top or bottom heavy. Simply scroll down to check out which specific styles make the most of your body shape.
Birmingham fashion designer and garment curator, Jada Lynton let’s us in to some of her top styling tips, saying: “It’s all about dressing for how you want to feel and choosing timeless pieces. It’s also important to find out which styles flatter your body shape and stick to the formula.”
If you have a curvy figure with a small waist, you’re an…
You aim is to: Emphasise your waist and highlight your waist.
Clothes with fitted feminine silhouettes are most flattering for your body type. To make the most of your figure and accentuate your shape, it’s best to wear formfitting dresses and skirts, particularly those that have diagonal cuts and have belts around the waist, like River Island’s sultry taupe belted jacket.
Pencil skirts are also the height of highlighting curves, it’s the reason why Kim Kardashian can always be seen sporting a sophisticated crop top and pencil skirt arrangement. Adding embellishments like lace lining will never fail to provide an essence of class to your look.
Your waist should always be emphasised, a defined cinched in middle is always flattering and really conforms to a womanly shape. A V-neck is incredibly complementing to your bust, and any wrap detailing will draw attention to the curves between your middle section.
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If the widest part of your body is around your hips and thighs, then you’re a…
Your aim is to: Elongate the rest of your body by accentuating your torso and your pins.
A pear figure is the most common amongst women, however keeping proportions in check is key with this figure. Drawing attention to the upper body while de-emphasising the lower half will produce gorgeous curves.
Wearing anything that flaunts bare shoulders or interesting torso detailing will make this the central focus, and any skirt shape that highlights your tiny waist while generously flaring out to conceal the hips, like an A-line number, will have you looking stunning.
Boot-cut styles are the best category of bottoms for this figure: putting the spotlight more on the volume at the hem than your hips will create a perfectly proportioned appearance. A slim fit, maybe one with a slight flare, looks very chic and dons the most modern feel for the every-day contemporary stylish woman.
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If the lower half of your body is slim while your middle is fuller, you’re an…
Your aim is to: Balance out your middle section by highlighting your shoulders and legs.
Most women with an apple figure habitually have shapely legs, so all the more reason to show them off. Straight leg fits when it comes to trousers and jeans will be the most gratifying, elongating your legs; while any low-rise tailoring that hang on the hips will ease with any stomach bulging. Try avoiding any boxy or overly loose shapes, as this will only add pounds that you don’t have.
A-line skirts, like River Island’s white number, will also conceal your middle section and generate a cinched in waist; the flaring dynamics falling around your abdomen while hugging the smallest part of your torso.
A swing and pea coat will be the best structure of jacket and coat to de-emphasise your middle section and create a more fitting and slender appearance. Pliable fits like a shift dress can also be your best friend: falling just enough away from the body to conceal any less than perfect areas.
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If your physique is slender and goes straight down, you’re…
You aim is to: Create curves and definition in your middle and waist to generate an illusion of fuller bust and hips.
Athletic figures can wear almost any kinds of clothing, yet to transform your slender physique into a more curvy shape, pieces with pleats and peplums add feminine definition.
The same goes for anything with embellishments: frills, beading, and bows all propose a ladylike boost to your figure – especially busy, detailed tops around the bust, like Miss Selfridges’ lace shirt, as they will make your waist appear smaller in comparison.
Bold and intricate, yet refined and classy, patterns and prints will also help by offering depth and character to a one dimensional shape.
Image credit: Miss Selfridge, Pretty Little Thing, Primark, Lipsy
If your sleek and slender body reflects your petite height, then you’re…
You’re aim is to: Wear peplum structures, layer clothes and mix fabrics to bring out the personality in your shape.
The petite figure is one adorned by many celebrities, think Sarah Jessica parker, Scarlett Johanson and Eva Longoria. The key is to maintain your sleek figure and to not get lost in any loud prints or over-sized pieces.
Plush material like velvet, silk, lace and chiffon will add character and fullness in all the right places, and clean lines of textural layers will increase the richness of your style. Avoid overcompensating however, as we want your petite shape to be emphasised, not stunted.
Straight leg and skinny trousers will elongate your pins to create an illusion of height. Plus, a nice pair of high heels will never seem out of place with this body shape too.
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