Flatter Your Body Not Faulter

Posted: January 28, 2014 in Fashion
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In a world of ever-changing trends, knowing what to wear can be a challenge. We all come in different shapes, fashion is all about dressing your body; how do we make sure we are wearing outfits that will flatter our unique body type? Getting dressed is a whole lot easier when you know what pieces work best for your shape. The key is to know your proportions and use fashion to accentuate your best features; and hide everything else!

First step is to know what type of body you have. There are different categories of classifying the shape of a woman, but the most common are; Apple, Rectangular, Pear, Hourglass and Wedge.

The Apple Shape

If you have this body type then you want to elongate your midsection and create the illusion of a smaller waist. You should also emphasize your legs, draw attention away from your waist and shoulders/arms, and draw attention to your neck (e.g. v-necks). Choose flared trousers over straight or skinny trousers, it helps balance out wide shoulders and/or a heavy upper body. If you don’t want to draw attention to your chest, avoid necklaces and wear chunky bangles instead. You should also wear plain colours up and go for patterned and colourful bottoms. For curves, handles, or lumps that you’d prefer to hide, wear solid dark colours over them.

The Rectangular Shape

In this body type, the waist is about the same as hips, more like a cylinder; if you have this body type, you can “pinch” your waist and exaggerate curves to avoid looking lanky or boyish. Opt for styles that fit closely at your middle but flare out at the bottom to create curves. Your best assets are your legs and arms and you want to create curves where they don’t necessarily exist. Go for ruffles and frills to add texture and volume to your figure. Steer clear of baggy clothes, dresses that are tight all over and anything too flowy or unstructured around the waist.

The Pear Shape

With this body type you should minimize attention on your lower half and focus attention upward. DO try a-line skirts which camouflage wider hips, experiment with light-coloured tops and dark-coloured bottoms for contrast. If you’re pear-shaped and you are short (or have short legs), wear straight-leg or slightly flared trousers with heels. Skinny trousers that hug your ankles can make your lower body take on the appearance of an upside-down triangle.

The Wedge Shape

This body shape features a broad chest and wide shoulders which are large in proportion to a narrow waist and hip. Accentuate your lower body while softening your shoulders and upper body; your asset is your legs. Avoid bright colours on bottom, spaghetti-strap and boat neckline tops. Do wear bright colours on bottom, wide-leg pants, full skirts, tops that call attention to your waistline and look for clothes that create the illusion of a waist.

The Hour Glass Shape

People with this body type have equal hip and bust measurements with a narrow waist; if you’re one of the lucky few with this body type, dress to flatter – not flatten your beautiful curves. Your shape is all about tastefully showing off those curves: not too baggy, not too tight.

No matter your body type, making your legs look longer is generally flattering!


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