Have you ever wondered why it is possible that two women of the same size can look entirely different in the same outfit? One woman may look fantastic, whilst the other may look terrible – it is all down to choosing the right styles for the shape of their body!
The truth is that dressing for your body shape, which means understanding the cuts and type of fabrics that suit you best, is more important than worrying about what size you are. A size 16, for example, with some clever dressing, can give the impression of being at least a dress size smaller, whilst a size 14 who wears the wrong-fitting clothes can look a size larger or more.
For example, if you are top heavy, the worst necklines to wear are polo and crew necks as this give you a uniboob look and makes you look more top heavy than you are. A square or V-neck , however, will make you look slimmer. A woman who is pear-shaped would do well to choose clothing that does not accentuate her hips, whereas a boyish figure needs outfits that will give her curves. Curvaceous women need soft drapey fabrics with movement, whilst stiffer fabrics look great on women with fewer curves.
Which Body Shape are You?
Hourglass – when your top and bottom half measure more or less the same, thus giving you the shape of an hour glass (or figure of eight), with a defined waist.
Pear – you carry your weight around your hips and bottom. Your bottom half is wider than your top half. This is the most common shape of UK women.
Strawberry – you have slim legs and hips but carry your weight on the upper half of your body.
Apple – you carry the majority of your weight around your middle; in other words your stomach is bigger than your hip or bust measurements.
Column (or boyish) – you have a boyish, straight up and down figure, which lacks curves.
The body-shape that most women aspire to is the hour-glass. This is the shape that stylists aim to achieve, by balancing out both your top and bottom half, whilst giving you a discernable waist.
Of course if it possible to take this a stage further with many other body shapes in-between (such as in TV fashion gurus' Trinny and Susanah’s book, The Body Shape Bible offer up the Lollipop, the Vase, the Goblet, the Brick, to name but a few ) but broadly speaking women fall into one of the above categories, with maybe a little overlap between two.
Once you have broadly determined which body shape you are follow the fashion tips below for your corresponding figure. If you consider yourself to be a bit of two categories, then compromise by applying the tips that are relevant to you.
Click on the links below to find the fashion tips for your body shape:
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