Fashion Tips: Dress For Your Shape

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It takes a bit of practice and trial and error to work our what clothes lengths and shapes suit your body but once you've mastered it, stick to it, show off your flattering parts and conceal the parts you aren't happy with. Of course, it can be fun to play around with styles that you don't normally wear but a word of advice; if you wish to do this, don't buy expensive items because you will probably remember why you don't wear that style. 

I've done it countless times, I am petite with curves and so should avoid long wide trousers, which for the most part I do. But I have been known to buy a pair when they make an appearance on the catwalk. I wear them once or twice and then I catch myself in the mirror and realise I look lost in them, I look like a child in grown-ups trousers. However, having said that, I have recently bought a pair of black cropped wide-legged high waisted trousers and so far so good. Because they are high waisted and you can actually see my ankles I look much taller than I am (with heels of course!). My shape suits pencil dresses and skirts and although I find myself wanting to shop for something different, as soon as I put on this style, it speaks volumes. It's not a myth! Whether I like long flowy maxi dresses or not, they are not as flattering on me but look fabulous on my tall slim friend.

Fashion is about having fun and that's fine but if you are buying an outfit for a special occasion, it is much better to wear something that is going to be ultra flattering on you. You'll have a long time to look back at those photos and cringe if you get it wrong.

It's more important to dress for your shape, rather than your weight or height. A tall woman and a small woman can have the same body shape, as can a slim girl and a curvy girl.

So, as a rule of thumb;

1) Pear shaped bodies, where your lower body is wider than your upper body, should emphasise their waist and arms, for example, wear ruffle tops to balance out the proportion between your upper and lower body, strapless dresses or jackets that sit just above the waist.

2) Wedge shaped bodies (aka inverted triangle), where your upper body is wider than your waist and hips, should emphasis their legs, so wear short skirts with long sleeves, or wide legged trousers and full skirts to balance out your wider upper body.

3) Rectangle shaped bodies, where the shoulders, waist and hips are similar widths, should emphasise their arms and legs and create curves by cinching in the waist with a belt, favouring skirts and tops over dresses to add definition.

4) Apple shaped bodies, where your hips are narrow and above this is where your figure is fuller, should emphasise their slender legs and wear V-necks on top to elongate this area, boot cut and flared jeans will help evenly proportion your bottom half with your shoulders.

5) Hourglass shaped bodies, where hips and shoulders are the same width with a tiny waist in the middle, should emphasise those curves with fitted dresses at the top and bottom so that your curves are being emphasised as opposed to looking bigger than they are. Again, V-necks work well to slim down a curvy bust with hourglass shapes, which make wrap dresses a perfect option for you.

So, as you can see, it's about evening out your proportions, highlighting the good points and concealing the not so good points. Fashion is meant to be fun, so play around with different styles until you find what suits you and compliments your body. When you wear what is right for you, you can embrace your wardrobe and feel confident. 

fashionBy Kerrie W