Dressing for Your Shape

Back in 2013 I wrote a series of posts about dressing for your body shape. I have recently noticed they’ve been getting re-pinned on Pinterest, so I thought I would roll them into one post so they are easy to find. If you click on the title of the post, you will be taken to the original with a lot more information and some picture examples. Hopefully they will help you next time you hit the shops!

Dressing for Your Shape – Athletic

– Create a waist with belts and ties.

– Show off your arms with sleeveless tops and dresses, or your legs with shorts and skinny jeans.

– Try tops with thicker straps to balance out wide shoulders, and avoid spaghetti straps or strapless designs.

– Don’t be afraid of playing with patterns to add interest to your outfit.

Dressing for Your Shape – Pear

– Play up your shoulders and décolletage with strapless dresses and tops, or thin straps to draw attention to your narrow shoulders, neck and arms.

– Accentuate your top half by choosing clothes with embellishments. These will draw the eye up.

– Make use of belts and ties to draw attention to the narrowest part of your body – your waist.

Dressing for Your Shape – Hourglass

– Experiment with fashion from eras like the 1950’s and 60’s. The fashion in Mad Men leans itself to a woman with curves.

– Use fine accessories to break up an outfit. A thin belt or long pendant necklace would be perfect.

– Disguise the areas you don’t want noticed with dark colours or fashion features like peplums.

The best way to discover what suits you is to go to the shops and have a play. Try on things you wouldn’t normally, in many different styles, patterns and colours, and don’t be afraid to ask the shop assistants for help (or take a trusted friend!).

What body shape are you?

Would you like me to put together a mood board for a shape that isn’t here?



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