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Body Shapes: Finding your body shape and how to Dress Your Body Shape


Fashion styles are not only about trends. It is also about joining fashion with your height, shape, skin, personality and age! When you walk out of your house, you should be showing the world that confident and trendy woman inside. Knowing your body type and shape allows you to take control of your fashion style and walk with more confidence. Feeling good helps you look good. Read the five body figure types below to find out more about what flatters your exact body shape.


Hourglass body shape

Curvy hourglass girls go in at the middle, often with a fuller bust and bottom to contrast with the smaller waist. You’re blessed with a very sexy shape so you need to learn not to drown it in too-baggy clothes but also not go too overtly sexy either - unless that’s the look you’re going for!

Bring out your best: Wrap dresses, waist-cinching belts and flared or wide leg jeans will work wonders. Not necessarily all at once. Lucky you; you can wear all types of jeans, skirts, and pants. Just choose lengths that flatter your legs the most.

Best to avoid: Shapeless baggy jumpers will hide your wonderful waist. Unless you add that magic belt of course

Rectangle body shape

Rectangle ladies are fairly straight up and down though don’t always have the boyish chest to match. Many women would kill for your shape; there’s no main area you want to minimize so you can get away with more things than most. However you may crave more curves – an illusion easily created with the right clothing.

Bring out your best: A structured coat that cinches in with a belt will make you look curvier. If you’ve a small bust you can get away with tricky to wear high-necked tops.

Best to avoid: Low rise jeans and trousers can make your torso look too long. Stay away from sheath dresses and stick to styles with more shape instead.

 Fashion styles are not only about trends. It is also about joining fashion with your height, shape, skin, personality and age! When you walk out of your house, you should be showing the world that confident and trendy woman inside. Knowing your body type and shape allows you to take control of your fashion style and walk with more confidence. Feeling good helps you look good. Read the five body figure types below to find out more about what flatters your exact body shape.

Apple Body Shape

If you are the Apple of someone’s eye then you’re pretty in proportion but tend to carry your weight around your mid section without a well-defined waist. You may also have fabulous legs and/or chest so dressing is all about showing off those best bits and avoiding adding volume round your middle.

What will bring your best
: Empire line and longer length tops will flatter your figure. Go for low-ish necklines to draw the eye upwards. Also, wear solid, dark colored tops. Waist cinchers and body shapers are your best bets.

Best to avoid: Short, boxy jackets and pleated or tiered skirts are not your friends; these will add volume around your middle.

Pear body shape

If you are a bottom-heavy beauty and are bigger around the hips, bottom or thighs than you are up top then, like the majority of women, you are a Pear! You’ve probably also got a fairly flat stomach you lucky thing. Work that womanly figure by adding more shape and structure above the waist.

What brings out your best: Balance out your curvy bottom half with bold bright tops or tops with large collars, lapels or sleeves. Straight, bootleg, wide leg pants and jeans create a vertical fluid and not to mention flattering lean vertical line on your shape. Create more width and volume to your shoulders and chest by wearing bold bright tops or tops with large collars or sleeveless.

Best to avoid: Tube, pencil and fishtail skirts, especially tight-fitting ones will only emphasize your hips and behind. 




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