When it comes to looking good, it’s not your size or shape that matters, it’s the fit of your clothes. A great style begins with a great fit. So, you must choose the clothes that suit your body type that will flaunt your good features and hide your flaws.
Knowing your basic body type and understanding the types of clothes that will accentuate your assets, means you’ll be able to dress in a fashionable style that perfectly suits you.
BASIC BODY TYPES:
I. Hourglass Body Shape
This is the ideal body shape for women, characterized by a curvaceous figure, with a full bust, well-defined waist, and full hips. The key to dressing the hourglass body type is to proportionally dress the top and bottom of your body while accentuating your waist.
Take a look at pencil skirts, wraps, knit dresses with fitted waists, and tops with plunging necklines. Since your figure was made for form hugging tops, you could accentuate your waist by adding belts on your tops. Go for skinny jeans, boot cut, and straight leg pants. Keep away from loose fitting clothes, baggy sleeves and chunky boots.
II. Inverted Triangle Body Shape
This body is athletic and strong, where the shoulders and chest are the broadest part of the body. The shoulders are wider than the hips, bust tends to be proportionally large, and hips are small. The key to dressing an inverted triangle body type is to balance your narrow lower body with your broader shoulders and chest. To create the most curvaceous impression, add more volume to your lower shape by mixing and matching suggested garments.
Wear a shirt that is dark colored around the bust or shoulders and brighter in color below the bust. Then pair it with light colored pants or a skirt. Choose dresses with deep V-necklines. Opt for full skirts with patterns or embellishment that draw the eye to the hips. Keep away from boat necks, oversized collars or lapels on jackets and blouses, and big strong pattern and design on top as it has a widening effect. Keep clear of shoulder pads or anything that highlight the shoulders.
III. Triangle Body Shape
Triangle body shape is also known as “pear” body type. This shape has a shapely bottom, fuller at hips and thighs and smaller on top. The key to dressing a pear body type is to draw attention to your upper body while distracting the eye from your lower body to create a balanced appearance.
Take a look at strapless tops that enhance your shoulders, since your neck and shoulders are two of your best assets. Opt for full or long A-line skirts that hide your wider hips. Choose empire waist style that marks the smallest point of your figure. Coats, blouses and dresses with belts, flat fronted wide leg trousers and pants are okay with your triangle body too. Keep away from pencil skirts and tight cut jeans.
IV. Rectangle Body Shape
Rectangle body shape is also known as “ruler/straight” body type. With a ruler, there’s a little definition between bust, waist and hip measurements and has a tiny bit of curve at the hips. The key to dressing a rectangle body is to create the illusion of an hourglass figure by balancing your body points to create curves.
Take a look at dresses with full skirts, tops with cuts, necklines, and embellishments that add volume to your bust and shoulders while emphasizing a waistline. Opt for a boot cut, trouser cut, and flared cuts that are flattering to your body type. Keep away from heavy designs at the waistline such as notable waistband as well as high-cut trousers, belted jackets, and coats at the front. Refrain from rectangle shaped bags, clutch bags, and square toe shoes.
V. Diamond/Oval Body Shape
Diamond shape is also known as an “apple” body type. It is characterized by a rounded waist since weight tends to form on the stomach and also accumulates on your thighs and sometimes the buttocks. The key to dressing an oval body type is to proportionally dress the top and bottom of your body while creating a waist.
Take a look at the tops that are tight under the breast and should cover the whole belly area and end just below the hip bone. Opt for tops with a V-neckline to break up the size of your chest and create a lean line. Select tops with gathered cloth around the waist that emphasizes the bust line. Go for empire waist style blouses that draw the eye up, taking attention away from the middle by having a looser fit. It would create an hourglass illusion that makes you look lighter than actually you are. Pencil skirts at knee length that create a longer leg illusion look good on you. Opt for wide necklines, big lapels, and off-the-shoulders are an excellent way to create the illusion of volume without actually adding volume.
Keep away from tight fitting clothes that show your bulges, shapeless outfits that don’t show any waist and high cut pants, shorts, and skirts. Refrain from any piece of clothing that adds bulk to you like bulky trousers with pockets and zippers at the front. High necklines like turtle necks will add bulges to your look so better keep away from them. Skinny jeans and tops with narrow shoulder lines make you appear rounder and heavier.
Although this may seem like a lot of information to take on board, when you begin to realize which styles and textures best fit on you, you already have the edge for being a head turner in every walk. Now you’re dressed to kill!