So, you don't have an apple shape or an athletic figure. Read on to discover 10 tips to help you decide what the perfect pieces for your body shape are.
If you have a curvy figure, define your waist to lengthen and highlight your assets.
1. Look for a semifitted style of jacket that hits just at the point where your hips start to curve out. Steer clear of straight, long cuts that button loosely at your waist.
2. Skirts that hit right at or near your knee lengthen without adding volume. Tuck in shirts or use a belt to highlight your waist.
3. Pick slim styled tops that can be tucked in. Semifitted tops with darts that end below your waist and can be worn out are also a good choice. Look for details like deep V-necks, small collars, or narrow lapels.
4. Steer clear of tapered slacks as they can really overemphasize curves. Classic flat front, boot- cut jeans or pants that sit below your waist lengthen and balance your figure.
5. A dress that is too loosely cut will make you look round; too tight can make you look heavy. Pick semifitted shapes that show off your waistline.
A pear shape needs to achieve balance. Draw eyes up and wear slimming cuts on your bottom half.
6. Jackets with structured shoulders that fit through your bust and waist but gently flare over your hips will balance your figure. Steer clear of cropped styles.
7. Create a slim silhouette by wearing an A-line skirt or styles with soft draping in dark or muted colors. Skip tapered cuts and all around pleating.
8. Choose tops that define your waist. Look for styles that feature cap sleeves, bright colors, prints and wide or deep V-necks. These will draw the eyes upward.
9. Flat-front or single-pleat pant styles with straight or wide legs allow movement through your hips and thighs without adding bulk. Mid-rise dark, boot-cut jeans have a narrowing effect.
10. A patterned dress keeps eyes from settling in one place. Provide balance by cinching in the waist.
After assessing your body type, create your own style by selecting key pieces that will work to your best advantage. There is no right or wrong body type, the trick is to show it off and make heads turn!
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