Knowing your body shape is the key to successful dressing, no matter
what trends or fashion fads are happening. Stick to the rules and
you'll never be stuck for something to wear again!
Please note these guidelines only take into account your horizontal
and vertical body shapes. The recommendations may change based on
other features such as your age, your weight, your face shape, your
neck length and any figure flaws you may have.
Body Shape Guide for Different Figures
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Guide for Petite Shaped Figure
||A petite shaped body does not just mean "short"; it can also mean
that you are slight all over. Luckily, the high street caters more
and more for petite women but you can also select clothes from
regular ranges---just follow our Fashion Tips to find out how to
dress up for your body shape.
1. "At under 5'3", petite women can feel overlooked" says designer
of gowns. "One way to get noticed is to bare some flesh---not in a
crass, sexy way, but simply so your clothes do not dominate you."
You will look great in well-tailored, form-fitting clothes (nothing
baggy) and showing lots of leg will make you look taller. Invest in
a tailored jacket to give structure to your shape.
2. And less detail is usually more better too, avoid fuss and
clutter, like pockets, pleats, pick-ups, ruffles and frills, as they
all distract from the line of your clothes and will make you look
3. Dresses are your friends---opt for ones in a single color from
shoulder to knee. Draw attention to the top half of your body with
stripes and patterns, block colors on the bottoms half will elongate
your figure. Avoid colors that are too 'girly' ---sugary pinks,
lilacs etc---as they can appear childlike.
4. Use large but delicate accessories to help draw attention to the
top half of your body, Hooped earrings are ideal.
V-neckline, Empire waist, Maxi-dress, Short-length, Mini-length,
More than 2 colors from head to toe
Guide for Slender Shaped Figure
||Despite the fact that other women envy your figure, if you are a
slender body shape, you might feel overlay boyish at times, Your
fashion tip is to look for clothes that feminize your figure. You
can carry off most styles, using details such as: ruching, ornate
beadwork, ruffles, embroidery or patterns to give the appearance of
a fuller chest..
1. Look for clothes that will create volume, with details such as
frills, fluted edges and ruffles.
2. If you want to create the impression of bigger boobs, look for
chunky statement necklaces that fall around the bust area.
3. Stay away from clothes with a large print, as they can drown out
your dainty features.
4. Draping will give soft lines across the body and will create
volume in your more petite areas.
5. A padded-in bra can give you extra curves. You can also try
bum-lifter underwear to create a rounder derriere.
Cowl Neckline, Strapless Sweetheart Neckline, Wide V-Neck, Jewel
V-Neckline, and do not wear anything too tight or clingy, it will
make your frame appear more angular.
Guide for Apple Shaped Figure
||Of all the fruit in the fashion basket, the apple, with its rounded
tummy and big bust, can be one of the most difficult to dress.
Luckily you also often benefit from slim hips, a great bum and
lovely legs. Find out how to make the most of your apple body shape
with these expert Fashion Tips.
1. Use clothes to sculpt your midriff, so it looks less like an
apple and more like an apple core. At the same time, draw attention
to your favorite bits---that cleavage those legs and anything else
you really like.
2. Body Control Underwear will work wonders to define your middle
area too, pulling you in at the waist.
3. Do not hide in puffy skirts. Show off your lovely legs with clip
4. V-neckline and scoop-neckline are good for apple shaped ladies as
you often have a great bust. Do not be afraid to show it off.
5. Use structured, tailored jackets to give definition to your upper
body and show off good shoulders, Wraps are always a winner for an
apple body shape as they fit nicely over a fuller bust. A side tie
on the dress will draw attention away from the stomach. Drop
earrings will draw attention to your lovely jaw line and face.
6. Do not be afraid to use color. Vibrant patterns will gloss over
problem areas and strong block colors will accentuate your best
bits. Think of a bright jacket with a patterned top underneath.
A-line, Ball-gown, Empire, Strapless, Sweetheart, V-Neckline,
Mermaid/Trumpet style, any Slose-fitting and Skin-tight
Guide for Hourglass Shaped Figure
||Characterized by a curvy bust and hips with a slimmer waist, the
hourglass body shape is often thought of as the ideal female body
shape. To make the most of your gorgeous figure, read on for tips on
dressing an hourglass.
Unfortunately, not all styles will flatter curvy bodies.
High-fashion stores in particular can be a frustrating experience
for hourglass women---the clothes often seem designed to fit
"straight up and down" figures.
"Hourglasses may feel frustrated at not being able to wear
ultra-fashionable styles, but certain items will always suit you,
whether that is a fitted jacket, strapless dress or crisp shirt, and
if you want to make a nod to fashion, you can do it with color,
fabric and accessories"
1. Use puff-sleeves or flower on a jacket to emphasis your
shoulders. An A-line skirt teamed with a fitted top will mirror your
fabulous hourglass shape. A peplum detail on a skirt creates a line
down from the waistline to floor, which will exaggerate your curvy
2. You can wear any shape skirt, but the Mermaid/Trumpet skirt is
the most flattering on you. a simple skirt to reveal a little
cleavage is wonderful.
3. Empire and natural waist with sash on will emphasis the curve of
your hip without making your bottom half look big. Wear fitted
clothes but make sure they are not too tight. Consider going one
size up so your clothes really mirror your figure.
Mermaid/Trumpet, Sheath/column style, Empire waist, Basque Waist,
Natural Waist, Sleeves Dress
Dropped Waist, Close-fitting and tight style
Guide for Inverted Triangle Shaped Figure
||Being an inverted triangle shape does not sound very sexy, but with
your strong shoulders, narrow hips and slim legs, it is considered
to be one of the most desirable types and it often seen on athletes
Chances are you have got great legs, and can carry off a wide range
of styles. The main aim is to create the illusion of an hourglass
shape by discreetly adding volume around your hips to balance your
broader top half, while flattering your shoulders.
1. Avoid anything boxy, such as high-necked shift dresses and
wide-cut or cropped jackets, plus anything billowy, they will make
you look bigger. Instead, look for easy and common shaped necklines
or any that cut a feminine curve into your shoulder line.
2. You really suit classic looks, such as sexy tailored jacket and
sweeping dresses, so if you want to look up-to-date, go for on-trend
3. Wear a ball gown or A-line to width the hip line and balance out
broader shoulders. Make sure there is a belt on the waistline. Use
block colors on the shoulders and avoid details on the shoulders as
this can make you look bulkier, or show off your shoulders at all,
the naked eye is drawn inward, making your waist look narrower..
Print can help add bulk and volume to your lower half, drawing the
focus away from a broader upper body.
4. When it comes to neckline, look for details that will soften your
shape, a scalloped neckline with beads will draw attention towards
your cleavage, and away from strong shoulders.
Sheath/Column style, Empire, Ball Gown, A-Line, Halter, Strapless,
Mermaid/Trumpet style, Dropped waist, Shoulder covered totally
Guide for Pear Shaped Figure
||The pear body shape is the classic feminine silhouette, with hips,
thighs or bum that are bigger than the upper half. So sometimes your
bum probably does look big in this, but chances are you have slim
shoulders and great boobs.
Pear shapes also have the advantage that when they put on weight it
goes on their lower half, and the eye tends to take in the top half
1. Show off your slim top half with strapless tops and dresses, A
strapless maxi dress is a great buy, try and find one with a
nipped-in waist and a flared skirt
2. Spaghetti and embellished strappy tops are your friend, because
they show off your lovely arms, shoulders and decolletage.
3. Be wary of the length of your clothes, Choose jackets that cut
off above the hip line for a flattering look. Look for skirts with
front pleats. A-line skirts also work well as they make the waist
look small, while swimming over the hips.
4. Minimize wide hips with dark block colors on your bottom half.
Showcase your fantastic small waist with a thin belt across the
smallest part. Invest in a good bra---a padded bra will add a few
more cups and could give you a confidence boost.
Empire，A-Line，Ball Gown, Halter Straps, Tank Straps
Mermaid/Trumpet style, Dropped Waist, Strapless, Sheath/Column style
Guide for Rectangle Shaped Figure
||It means your shape looks athletic with bust and hips of
approximately the same with. You have little or no waist definition.
Because of your wide waist you might appear heavier on top than you
really are and even if your stomach is flat. But one of the positive
thing on being a rectangle shape is that you gain weight everywhere
and lose it everywhere!
Fashion Tips: Your main goal should be to create a waist on your
figure and add more width to your upper and lower
part---transforming your body into a proportionate hourglass shape.
You can either wear a dark colored wide belt around your waist or
place a waist cinching shape wear underneath your clothes.
Sheath, Empire, A-Line, Ball Gown and Mermaid, Strapless
Mermaid/Trumpet, Close-fitting and Tight style
Guide for Busty Shaped Figure
||Selecting styles which suit a big bust can be a daunting task but
the right choice will make you appear less top heavy and can take
years off your figure. Elongate your upper body, while subtly
showing off your curves by wearing tops that lift and separate your
1. Wide open necklines suit you as they break up the neckline and
stop you looking top heavy-look for sweetheart, deep scoop and
2. Styles which nip in under the bust line lengthen your body and
lift your bust giving you shape and definition.
3. Tops which are firm around the waist and are looser on the chest
minimize the waist and give the illusion of a smaller bust
4. Wrap styles that diagonally cut through the bust separate the
cleavage and elongate the neck, Opt for good shaping and simple
lines on top keep the bust line uncluttered and fuss free.
5. 3/4 length sleeves are flattering as they deflect attention away
from the bust line, Single jackets cut to the hip line accentuate
your waist and give balance to your bust and hips.
6. A well fitting supportive bra is essential, a bra with a wide
back strap stops overhang at the sides and back
A-line, Ball Gown, Princess, Square Necklines, V-Neck styles and Off
High-neck, Halter neck, Spaghetti Straps, Wearing tops with busy
detailing will make the bust part complicated and too heavy!