No magazine or online fashion site is complete without an article on “dressing for your body shape”! It’s all to easy to google “dressing for your shape” only to find a million photos of beautiful models with perfect figures and makeup to match, leaving us, everyday people, aiming for impossible “standards”.
Before trying to replicate an instagram look, get to know and love your body and shape…features, flaws and all. Fashion magazines, online sites, bloggers will give you the guidelines, but you can only gain full value if you know how to apply it!
There are a number of different physiques with the most common among them being hourglass, pear, apple, and banana. To find yours, grab a tape measure, take the measurements for you bust, waist and hips. Then use this calculator to determine your shape.
Once you know your body shape (even if you are in denial), here’s a few tips on how to dress to flatter your figure. We take no credit for the compliments that will follow.
You have a curvy body and tiny waist. Your bust and hips are ± the same measurement with your waist being 18cm or more small than both your bust and hips. Highlighting those God given curves by emphasizing your waist. Remember, you can be a size 16 and still have an hourglass shape! Here are some ideas to help you get going:
A belt will accentuate your slim waist and allow the curves to glow.
Crop top & pencil skirts It’s best if you pair it with a pencil skirt. The pencil skirt brings attention to your luscious curves.
The V-neck created by a wrap dress will flatter your bust, and help feature your waist and hips.
Photo: Danielle Frylinck
Apple or Circular shape
Your lower body or legs are slim while you carry some weight around the bust, waist and hips. You can minimise the midsection of your body by highlighting your legs and shoulders. Here are some ideas to upgrade your wardrobe:
A swing coat is a practical and fashionable garment capable of giving your body shape a flattering vibe.
A high-waisted skirt or flair trouser -the waistband will fit on the smaller part of your torso, and help you achieve a balanced look.
Shift dresses will help you conceal your body, and give you ample opportunity to show off your legs.
Mid waisted straight-leg trousers or jeams are always a favourable option when you want to avoid a stomach bulge.
Rectangular or Banana shape
Your bust, waist and waist are about the same size. You should highlight the thinnest part of your waist to allow your bust and hips to look broader.
A ruffled top – This garment will allow bust to get featured, which will make your waist look smaller in comparison.
Wear jackets, coats or blazers that narrow at the waist to cinch it and create the illusion of a waist.
A print shift dress with side-cut illusion will achieve the visual effect of greater curviness while your waist will seem smaller than your hips and bust.
Tapered trousers will to help you create a stunning illusion of a more curved body.
Triangle or Pear shape
Your hips are the widest part of your body. If you wish to achieve a balanced-looking figure, you can highlight your bust.
Fit-and-flare – bare shoulders will help take attention away from your lower body, and it will help highlight the smallest part of your waist at the same time.
Structured jackets will help keep the attention towards the top half of your body, plus, you will achieve an interesting geometry around your shoulders.
A-Line skirts – in this sweet piece you will emphasize the smallest waist part, and create a flare over your hip area.
Slight boot-cut trousers – killing two birds with one stone – it draws attention away from your hips, and makes them look proportioned.
Inverted triangle or V shape
Your bust is a lot bigger than your waist and hips. The key to creating balance is to minimise the bust and accentuate the waist and hips.
Avoid tops with broad or plunging necklines. Instead, opt for tops with conservative round or V-neck line that does not draw attention to your well endowed cleavage. Long sleeve tops also create a the illusion of balance. Tops should be stop at the hip.
Dresses with a looser waist reduce the size of the bust, yet still accentuates the waist and hips.
Trousers or pants should be broad. Avoid skinny jeans, tights and yoga pants!
Coats or jackets should be boxy, long and stop at the hip or lower.
These are just a few of our secrets! Let’s us know how it goes trying to dress to flatter your figure using these tips!
If you want to know more about your figure, book yourself a style and colour consultation at our Studio on Saxby!
Still not finding what would suit you, give our online personal styling service a try!