How To Dress For Your Body Shape
With the party season fast approaching we are all beginning to think about which dress we are going to wear for any upcoming events, parties and functions. This is the one time of year that we want to sparkle and shine, put on those killer heels and feel a million dollars.
Whether you are thinking of purchasing a new dress or pulling out your little black favourite from the wardrobe, there are a few things you may want to consider to make the best of your figure .
Firstly you need to know your own body shape. We often confuse body shape with height and weight, this has absolutely nothing to do with it. A 6ft lady can have exactly the same shape as 4ft 11inch lady, the same as a slender lady can have the same body shape as a curvy lady. Body shape is all about proportion, and fashion is all about dressing those proportions to look their very best. It's not about trying to look thin; it's about accentuating your shape and enhancing what you have so you feel your best in every outfit you own.
Kim K has the perfect pear shape and knows exactly how to flaunt it. Each of us is unique and our bodies are, too! Nevertheless, our body shapes fall into five general categories: pear, wedge, rectangle, apple and hourglass. You might fall into one category, or you might be a mixture of two or more categories.
Your lower body is wider than your upper body, in other words, your hips are wider than your shoulders. Your bum is rounded and your waist is well-defined.
As a rule of thumb, necklines for dresses should accentuate the shoulders and waist. Try sweetheart, scoop-neck or plunging. Opt for visually interesting hemlines on dresses that slim the hips and thighs, like the hi-lo trend, gathered side or tulip skirt. This gorgeous panel dress from M&S balances curvaceous hips and excentuates the waist.
Also known as the inverted triangle this body shape features a broad chest and wide shoulders with narrow waist and hips.
Draw attention to what you like. Do you have great shoulders and arms? Go strapless and wear a statement necklace to draw attention up. Tiny waist? Use a fabulous belt to really show it off. If you've got great legs, opt for something shorter but that has sleeves to give you balance.
This body shape is where the waist, hip and shoulder widths are similar. Fashion tips: Create curves and show off slender legs.
A sweetheart neckline adds some curves, or a pencil skirt with a side-slit shows off the legs. Try wearing belts to define the waist and layering items like accessories or tops. A great alternative to a dress for a rectangle-shaped body would be the crop top and skirt sets that are currently on trend.
In the waist to give more definition.
This style dress is excellent for this shape figure giving the illusion of curves
This body shape is where most of your weight is above the hips, which are narrow. Your back, ribs and shoulders are broader.
Fashion Tips: Elongate the torso and show off your legs
Apple shaped bodies have a fuller, rounder torso with a minimal waistline, so it's important to lengthen your body.
Choose dresses that have necklines that elongate your figure, like V-necks. Dresses with an A-line or empire hem should be staples for an apple-shaped body. A way to create a waistline and draw attention away from the mid-section is to wear a structured jacket with a dress.
Wear a good bra that lifts and belts at the smallest part of the waist.
This body shape is where your shoulders and hips are similar in proportion and set off by a tiny waist. Fashion tips: Show off your curves. Keep the proportions of a fuller bust even with the proportions of fuller hips and thighs.
Search for dresses that have a fitted top half and hug your waist.
Accessorize with belts so that the naturally smaller waist is showcased. A-line cut or wrap dresses are a perfect match for the hourglass-shaped body.
Beyonce shows off her hourglass figure in this simple black dress.
So whatever your body shape picking styles that work best with your figure can make a world of difference. Fabric choices and patterns matter too and can change the look and feel of an entire outfit. Patterns can overwhelm or make the outfit, depending on the body type and age, so be careful with bold prints and clinging fabrics.
But one last thing to remember is no matter what your size or shape, always think about good control underwear to smooth out any lumps and bumps! Don't be afraid to release the Bridget Jones ones!