Dress Smart: How To Dress For Your Body Shape
Too thin. Too fat. Too curvy. Too broad. Plus size.
No matter what your body shape is, these words are so callously thrown around these days. Women of today may have become powerful, more aware, more educated, more progressive – but when it comes to looking and feeling good with whatever body shape and size we have genetically been blessed with, we struggle, stumble and occasionally fall.
Each one of us is unique, and so are our bodies.
Today’s feature is all about embracing our natural bodies, not fretting over weight loss, and looking the absolute best by dressing up smartly! As long as you look and feel good, sky is the limit. So, the first step is to decide what body type you have and figure out how you can play up your best features.
#1. The Pear
This means you have a lower half that is bigger than your upper half. Your waist however, is well defined. Your best assets are your torso and shoulders.
Your goal is to emphasize your defined waist, and to add volume to your upper body and shoulders.
Try playing around with sweetheart necklines or scoop-necks. Opt for clothing that makes the hips and thighs appear slim, for example a hi-lo trend. Use wide legged pants to balance the proportions of the hips. Strapless tops and dresses will help in showing off your arms.
#2. The Inverted Triangle
This body shape features a broad chest and wide shoulders with a narrow waist and hips. Your legs are your best asset.
The emphasis is on your lower body, while trying looks and styles that will soften your shoulders and upper body.
If you have great legs, wearing a skirt or jeans that show them off is the way to go. Wearing bright colours on the bottom is a big yes. Don’t experiment with boat necklines or spaghetti straps that might make your shoulders appear even wider. High-waisted pants or trousers, or anything that brings attention to the waist should be your go-to style.
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#3. The Rectangle
Basically, everything is of the same proportions. Your waist, hip and shoulder widths are more or less similar. Your assets to show off are your arms and legs.
You can show off any part of your body, and use an style – as long as you successfully create the illusion of curves.
Opt for sweetheart or scoop necklines that create the illusion of curves. If you want to show off your legs, go for a pencil skirt with a slit that will add visual interest. Building dimension is key to your style. Use of belts that define the waist , and adding layers and accessories would take your fashion game a step higher. Crop tops paired with skirts are a no-brainer for this particular body shape. Ruches, cinching, collars and ruffles – plus, plus, plus and plus!
#4. The Apple
Most of your weight is above the hips. Your shoulders are broad while the hips are narrow. Your legs are your best asset.
Elongating your torso and of course showing off your legs will take you a long way.
Styling Tips :
The most important thing is to lengthen your body because your torso is fuller and waistline is minimal. Selecting necklines that elongate your figure will work wonders. These include V-necks or plunging necklines. A-line and empire hems are staples for anyone will an apple body shape. Select structured pieces that create curves in the chest and hips.
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#5. The Hourglass
You have a tiny waist accompanied by shoulders and hips that have similar proportions. Your curves are your best asset.
To show off those amazing curves of course!
Balance is key for picking clothes if you have an hourglass shape. Avoid adding unnecessary bulk to your body by selecting dresses that have a fitted top half and hug the waist. A-line wraps or dresses are a perfect match for this body shape. Hiding your curves behind baggy clothes is a big NO. High-waisted skirts, straight legged or skinny jeans and belts are your pals!