How often have you put on an outfit and asked the question, "Does this look alright on me?" The chore of tackling what you are going to wear every day should be fun and easy. Every wardrobe needs to have a few basic items. Jackets, skirts, tops, pants, jeans and dresses are the fundamental building blocks for a total chic look. Each body shape can be enhanced by certain styles and cuts of clothing. Here are 10 tips to help you know what to choose for your particular shape.
If you have an "apple" shape take the focus away from a round middle with long vertical silhouettes.
1. Look for a jacket that is semifitted or straight shaped hitting just below your behind. Vertical detailing (like pinstripes) lengthens the torso. Deep V-necks draw eyes up.
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Dresses featuring an empire shape and an open neckline draw eyes upward creating a long, columnlike line.
2. Flat front pencil skirts and A-lines that hit at or near the knee elongate the frame. Bypass wraps, pleats and front pockets.
3. Choose tops with fitted styles that hit below your waist. V-necks minus any detailing around the middle look best.
4. Opt for long, straight trousers with narrow waistbands. Mid-rise jeans cover love handles, and boot-cuts balance your silhouette.
5. Dresses featuring an empire shape and an open neckline draw eyes upward creating a long, columnlike line. Avoid bulky or stiff cuts.
If you have an athletic, straight figure, choose wardrobe pieces that work to create curves.
6. Fitted or belted jackets that curve in at the waist create an hourglass shape. Avoid boxy styles.
7. Skirts with slanted or patch pockets add volume to narrow hips. Define the waist with a thick waistband or a "wow" belt.
8. Front pockets or ruching on a top add shape. Cap sleeves and slim V-necks accentuate a feminine form.
9. Front pleated pants give you hips. Low slung and slim cut jeans also highlight curves.
10. Belted shirtdresses and wrap styles highlight your middle and flow out and over the hips creating a curvy line.
Didn't recognize your body type above? Stay tuned next week for Part 2 and more body shape tips.
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