Thursday, 10 November 2011

Style Tip 2 - Know your body shape

Know your body shape 

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Every woman dreams of a perfect figure but unfortunately not all of us are blessed with an excellent figure. All women have curves but usually the curves appear at places where we do not want them. Knowing whether you’re an apple, a pear, or something else entirely, will help you figure out what will look good on you and what to avoid.  


Pear shaped body: Wider hips and thighs, Narrower shoulders, Wider bottom, Smaller bust

Pear shaped women should - love vertical lines, V-necks and skirts with slits up the side. Wide necklines such as boatneck or scoopneck style that can widen the shoulders and balance your bottom half .

Pear shaped women should wear bright, colourful tops that draw attention upward, toward the face, neck, shoulders and bust, rather than down to the hips and thighs. Bold patterns and flattering necklines will also draw attention away from your hips. Halter tops and strapless tops are also good choices for pear shaped women. 

You should wear dark colour bottoms for the slimming effect.  Padded bras and shoulder pads will make your tops hang differently. They’ll make your bust and shoulders look slightly bigger, to match your wider hips. 

Avoid wearing jackets and tops which end at your bum as it draws attention to your lower half. So stop hiding and covering your hips by wearing longer jackets.  To avoid making your hips look larger, Choose jackets and tops which reach your hipbones to achieve the right look.
Rectangular shaped body: Undefined Waist, Narrower Hips, Small Bust
Rectangular shaped women should wear pattern. Wear deep U and V-neck tops and any tops that have some drama to them.  Layered and sheer, asymmetrical, embellished, textured, looser soft tops belted in and structured fitted tops are all good choices. Also pin tuck fitted shirts are great and fairly easy to find.  for this body type can use fabrics that have a bit of structure to them, like slightly stiffer fabric with some pleating or gathers around the hips.
Fitted jackets that go to the top of the hipbone - like a crisp white shirt and an A-line skirt, cinched in at the waist with a belt.  Choose an a-line that has some interesting detail at the top part of the hips like pockets or interesting fabric embellishment. Also a stiffer fabric with a pattern, if you like will give you symmetry with your top half.

Keep it simple at the hemline. For the rectangular body type, look for an interesting waistband or attention-grabbing belts to help give definition to your waist. Look for some that have interesting pockets for both the front and back or an interesting waistband. Also a pant legs that have curves such as a boot cut or bell-bottom’s will give you a more curvy appearance.
Wearing something tailored alone without any waist-hugging details will only enhance your rectangle body shape.  So 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.  Emphasize a pair of lean legs, toned shoulders, etc. Make the best out of your body shape!

Hourglass shaped body: Bust and hips nearly the same size, Well defined waist, Full Bust, Shapely Legs.

Hourglass shaped women should embrace them curves and show off your most envied assets; your perfect proportions and tiny waist.  Be careful not to overdo your clothes with ruffles, bows and other frills as your figure itself is enough to draw attention so keep everything simple and you’ll be smashing. 

The vertical striped tops can be a good way of elongating your body especially if the garment is fitted or gathered in, this will give the effect of drawing the stripes into your narrow waist area.  wear pants that fit from the widest point of your hip and drape down. Flared or a wider leg would flatter you,  High-waisted, will emphasise the curve of your hip without making your bottom half look big. Skinny jeans just make your ankles look thin and your hip wide. The lighter jeans are, the more chunky they make you look no matter how cute they are on the hanger.  Think about flat-front, side-zip and pocketless pants, as they minimize your full hips and bottom.

wear straight cut skirts to enhance your lovely curves. If you’re a little curvier, an A-line skirt would help balance you out.  Wear bias-cut dresses with enough room to shift. These dresses will crease in at your natural waist, as long as the fabric is lightweight and drapes well.

Seek to emphasize your waist without highlighting your curves by color blocking your outfits. Choose a dark bottom and a lighter top, with a belt that matches the pant or skirt.
wear a very supportive bra to keep the girls proud. Sagging bust lines make you look heavier and your waist larger.

Apple shape body: Larger Bust. Broader Shoulders.  Narrower Hips. Less Defined Waist

Apple shaped women should Avoid low-rise pants, which often lead to the dreaded “muffin top".  Instead, look for pants with a wider waistband to help hold in your tummy. Focus on dark colour trousers and dresses as they help to create a clean, straight line from the hip to the ankle

Choose pants with a bootcut or flared leg. Skinny leg styles will emphasize your thin limbs, making your middle section look larger by comparison.

it’s all about the waist. Think high-waist and empire waist styles, Empire waist tops and dresses are the best pick for apple shaped figure as these tops are designed so beautifully to flatter you which will emphasize your smallest part: just below the bust. Choose tops with attractive necklines like V-necks which help to draw attention to the face and upper section of the body.  Belted jackets give the illusion of a smaller waist and trim your tummy

By choosing styles that cinch you here, you create the illusion that your waist is smaller than it really is, and the fabric flows out, camouflaging your tummy and hips.  Jackets help to hide the problematic areas of the body and emphasize your arms and shoulders beautifully.  Keep away from boxy and oversized tops too as they make you look larger and shapeless. 











Petite women should avoid chunky clothes and strong prints. Instead go for fitted shapes and soft fabrics, narrow belts subtle contrasts of colour and texture. Keep everything streamlined so as not to cut the body in half. 

Avoid wearing bright or light tops with dark bottoms. This breaks up the vertical line and makes a person appear even shorter than she is.  Avoid garments with horizontal lines or large prints. Horizontal lines add width and make us look even shorter than we are, and large prints can overpower a small frame. Vertical lines and small prints, on the other hand, are a great way to add color and style to an outfit while elongating your vertical line. One way to lengthen your silhouette is by showing a little skin!

Three-quarter length sleeves, scoop-neck or V-neck shirts, and knee-length or shorter skirts all work well on the petite frame. Avoid skirts and pants that hit mid-calf, although longer skirts and pants can be flattering and elongating if the hem meets your shoes. Low-rise pants and skirts are also flattering on petite women, as they lengthen the appearance of the torso. High-waisted pants and skirts, on the other hand, create a strong horizontal line, especially when paired with a tucked-in blouse. In addition, look for elongating vertical lines in the cut of the garment, like pleats in a skirt or long lapels on a jacket.

Busty women Make sure that you have a bra that fits...
should wear eye-catching skirts (shorter if you are comfortable) and trousers, strong prints and colours or textures draw the eye away from the top half of the body.

Shirts with a v-neck or u-neckline make your bust look a little higher and more proportional. Look for tank tops with wider straps. A-line styles and wide legged pants. These will make your bust look more proportionate with the rest of your body Wearing a single block of colour is thinning. Avoid eye-catching tops, instead wear long jackets that draw the eye down. Darker coloured tops which are loose fitting and waist hugging. a busty woman should be careful not to add too much bulk around the bust.

Tall women should wear High-waisted styles, wide-leg pants, it makes a long torso look more in proportion, delivering an "instant hourglass look,"

Wear the right skirt length, too short or too long will be out of proportion. keep everything streamlined.  tall women can indulge in wide belts.  can tuck shirts into pants and skirts to create a horizontal line to show off their waist line.  can wear horizontal patterns and textured fabricsPlay up your height with tall clothes: long lines, knee-high boots (with heels), long hair. Look for bias-cut dresses, straight skirts and fitted blouses. Don't ever try to minimize your arms, legs, hands or neck; they are sexy features, and longer is better
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