How to Dress the Athletic Figure

If you’re a woman with an athletic figure, you may be tall or petite without many curves. Your height only serves to accentuate your straight figure, so you need to dress to create curves. The goal in dressing your body type is to create the hourglass look by adding a little extra “bulk” to your shoulders and hips, while cinching your look in at the waist. Keep on scrolling to scoop some tricks on how to dress your athletic figure.

Choose tops with shoulder emphasis and avoid boxy tops.

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Go for tops that emphasize your shoulders, but this doesn’t mean you need to select ones with shoulder-pads. You may opt for off shoulder tops, spaghetti tank tops, tube tops, as well as sleeveless shirts that cut off just short of being a cap-sleeve. Going for blouses or tops have ruffles, pleats, buttons, or other eye-catching details on the shoulders will highlight your shoulders more while giving your upper body a “V” shape appearance. On the contrary, skip those short tops and shapeless jackets that will only make your torso look boxier and more boyish. Instead, choose hip or thigh length jackets with ruffles or flare at the bottom. Even if you’re wearing your jacket over pants, the added volume at the bottom of the jacket will give you an hourglass look, especially if you cinch in your jacket at the waist.

Highlight your waist with high-waist bottoms or crop tops.

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To create an illusion of an hourglass figure, choose high-waist pants and skirts that will give dimension between your upper and lower body, therefore, emphasizing your natural waistline. You want to draw attention to your natural waistline by drawing the eye inward. Though you can wear a belt in the center of your body, you may also opt for crop tops that show your midriff, helping you create your upper body’s “V” shape.

Opt for tops, bottoms, and dresses with “bulk”.

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Choose outfits with bulk, especially on your bottom to complement the inverted “V” shape to create an hourglass look. Though wide-legged or flared pants balance out your lower half with a wider look, you may also go for ones with prominent pockets directly on the hips, or pockets with embellishments on the butt to emphasize these areas. Tall women with an athletic figure can also opt for cargo pants with pockets along the outside of the thigh, again, adding bulk to these areas. For a flirty and feminine vibe, opt for a-line, bubble, pleated and ruffled skirts that will give some volume to your bottoms while ruffled tops on your upper body. This look is especially prominent if the skirts are shorter, falling between the mid-thigh and knee.

Play with prints and patterns to balance your proportions.

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Stripes can visually add some volume to your bust line and bottom part. Like fashion blogger Blair Eadie, you may opt for a striped matching set of crop top and skirt to balance your proportions. Or, opt for a cold-shoulder top with ruffles and stripes like fashion blogger Sydne Summer wore for a more flattering look. Abstract prints, floral prints, and polka dots can also add some volume to your desired parts of the body, especially if your prints are bigger. Indeed, dressing for your athletic frame if one of the keys to creating a fashion style that turns heads.

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