Dress for your Body Shape
I’ve had more and more women approach me both virtually and in-store with concerns over finding the best items of clothing for their personal body shape. If this sounds familiar, then this article is for you.
Whether it be a change in body shape post-childbirth or a change as menopause sets in, our bodies don’t stay the same shape forever. When this happens it can be confusing to know what to wear and what suits our new body shape after we have spent years dressing a certain way.
There are 5 main body shapes that we fall into as women and once we know our body shape we can then focus on our best assets. Learning how to create the illusion of an hourglass shape (even when that isn’t your shape) and focusing on our best features will take some of the guesswork out of getting dressed each morning.
The Inverted Rectangle
Shoulders are wider than the hips, you take a larger size on the top and smaller size on the bottom.
Choose clothing which visually accentuates to your hips like an A-line skirt or a wrap dress with definition around the waist.
Avoid tops and jackets that add bulk to your top half.
This season, keep an eye out for wrap dresses that give definition to your waist.
Shoulders are narrower than hips, you take a smaller size on the top half compared to the bottom half.
Balance your smaller top half by wearing clothing with structure that accentuates your waist.
Choose bottoms to skim over your hips.
Choose tops and jewellery that will draw the eye upwards.
This season look for long maxi skirts that skim over your hips, wear with simple tailored tops.
Shoulders and hips are the same measurement, with a defined waist you mostly wear the same size on top and bottom.
Avoid boxy styles with no shape.
Use belts to accentuate your curves.
Avoid skirts that are too full of fabric – this will unbalance your already balanced body shape.
This season look for dresses that accentuate your waist as well as soft pleated skirts worn with a fitted top.
Bust, waist and hips measure a similar size, little waist definition, straight shoulders.
Define your waist with clothing or with a belt.
Choose dresses or skirts with an a-line skirt that kick out a little to accentuate your waist.
Avoid straight skirts as they mirror your rectangle shape.
Look for dresses in soft flowing fabrics that can be cinched in with a belt.
Little waist definition carries weight around the tummy, average to a large bust size.
Look for trousers that skim your hips and are long so they elongate the legs.
Avoid horizontal stripes and patterns on your top half.
In tops and dresses look for an open neckline or deep V-neck to elongate your top half.
This season, wide-leg pants are going to be huge. Look for darker colours as these are going to be more slimming than bold prints.