After my tricks and treats (you can find it here), I got a lot of emails and endless requests from my dear fashionistas asking how they should work a particular trend into their wardrobe keeping in mind their body shape, so here I prepared everything you need to know about your body shape. It is very important to know which body shape you have so you can start learning how to flatter your good assets and hide the areas you are not so proud of and believe me everyone has them :)
As you well know body shapes come in all different sizes and no matter how tall,short, large frame or petite you are, you're ever so beautiful when you feel good and look confident with yourself and believe it or not clothes play a major part on how you feel. I know what you might be saying, I hear it all the time, OHH EMM GEEE doesn’t Jessica Alba look good I want to have her body,Well, Surprise Surprise all of the celebs we see gracing magazines are airbrushed & have an excellent stylist by their side 24x7 who knows what sins to hide to make them look stunning.
Unless you are ready to hire me and have me by your side 24x7 here are a few pointers that might help you, I targeted each and every body shape there is to help you out and make you understand more what to look for in a garment.
No.1 - Apple (Rounded Shape)
This body shape is round all over top and bottom, carrying extra weight in the tummy area. This type of figure must avoid chunky clothing such as tops or heavy sweaters that swim around your figure, long thick jackets and trousers that have pockets as these create extra bulk. This body shape is also found in men. One with this type of figure should gravitate towards v necks which elongate your body and have a natural slimming effect, choose fabrics that don’t cling to the body, the material should skim your body silhouette just enough to cover any sins.Light colours such as pastels are a definite NO NO unless it is very flowy and pleated. Anything that has round neck avoid as this will make you look much fuller than you really are and since summer is round the corner do not go for short shorts or short skirts. A-line & wrap dresses are a definite must have in your wardrobe.
No.2 – Rectangle
The rectangle body shape is found in men and women, has no curves or waist. You can distract from the waist by creating curves and wearing belts, divert the attention to upper or lower body. Always remember to avoid boxy cut pants or gathered pants; it is inevitable to draw attention to your waist with rouching or detailing. Swirly prints create curves instantly, flared pants create va va voom curves and adding a tailored jacket create shape especially with darts at the side to cinch in the waist.
No. 3 – Pear Shape (Triangle Shape)
The hip measurement will be largest with narrow shoulders and defined waist. Distract attention from the hips and focus on the smallest area which is the waist, weight is generally carried around hips and thighs so by adding volume in your upper body with hair, earrings or shoulder pads will instantly distract and balance out your figure. Best suitable style is A-line, wrap dresses, peplum and palazzo pants.
No. 4 – Diamond Shape
Diamond body shapes are opposite of an hourglass figure. The waste is thicker than the shoulders and hips. Therefore, dressing a diamond body shape is best done with clothing that creates balance. Adding volume to your shoulders and hips as well as fitted clothing at the waist creates perfect curves. This promotes flattering lines that are easy on the eye. Creating volume amongst your shoulders is important to balance out the thickest part of your waste. This can be accomplished with mild shoulder pads, such as those found in jackets. Blouses and other tops can have volume if you stick to scrunched sleeves that gather extra fabric or sleeves that are not fitted to your arms. In addition, square cut necklines or low circular necklines are the best to elongate the volume of your shoulders.
The hourglass figure is the most coveted figure by women, the shoulders and hips are balanced with a small defined waist. This figure is very well proportion. Belts always enhance this type of figure. Avoid boxy cuts that hide your shape. Horizontal patterns emphasises your figure, pencil skirts, empire waist tops and dresses are a must have in your wardrobe.
No. 6 – Wedge Shape (Inverted Triangle)
A wedge body shape carries the weight in their upper body. This shape can be found in men and women, in men it’s the most coveted body shape. Attention for women should be focused on the legs, this can be done by wearing V necklines, chunky bangles and bracelets divert attention to your wrist which is naturally close to the hip. Bright or bold shoes also distract from upper body. Avoid large lapels in men and women and shoulder pads also this will only make you look bigger. Women should avoid gathers at sleeves or horizontal lines on upper part and always remember to wear light bottoms and darker shades on top.
Till next time ...
Love & Fashion,