Dressing For Your Body Shape

News   •   Oct 18, 2010 15:56 BST

Every woman has something about her body she'd like to hide, whether it's heavy thighs, a pudgy tummy or a too-round bottom. Don’t worry too much - everything can be fixed. This article will give you some clothing tips for your fuller figure.

Firstly, let's identify your body shape:

Curvaceous is when you have an hour glass shape with large breasts and curvy hips and/or bottom.

Top-Heavy is when your bust measurement is the most dominant part of your body because you have a large and curvaceous bust and small hips and/or bottom by comparison.

Pear-Shaped is when your hips and/or bottom are the largest part of your body and your breasts are smaller by comparison.

Apple-Shaped is when you have no waist, perhaps you feel your tummy is large and round.

Clothing tips for curvaceous woman:

• Knee-length or calf-length skirts provide balance between your curvy upper body, hips and your legs.
• Avoid flared jeans or trousers, because they make your hips look wider and create an overall unbalanced look for your entire body. Wear straight, boot-cut or wide-cut trousers.
• Go for V-neck tops to elongate the neckline.
• Wear tops that end at your hip bones or slightly below to highlight the hourglass figure of your body. Shirts that end above the hips will make your hips and bust look wider than they are.
• Cinch your waist. Do this by using belts - wide or skinny. Adding a belt to any outfit makes the waist look smaller.

Clothing tips for Top-Heavy woman:

• Select V-neck tops to lengthen the vertical line of the top portion of your body.
• Avoid wide necklines that make your top look wider, as well as high-waisted trousers that exaggerate a full chest.
• Dresses are your best friend. Any dress, especially those with V-necks can look flattering.
• Match tops with low-waisted trousers to place attention on your hips and lengthen your entire body.
• Select lighter textured fabric, as thicker fabrics add mass.
• Avoid any bottoms that are too tight.

Clothing tips for Pear-Shaped woman:

• Avoid too-baggy tops or too-tight tops: the looser tops will make you look large all over; the tight tops will make you look out of proportion to your hips.
• Miniskirts are a bad idea because they accentuate heavy thighs.
• Look for dresses that nip in at the waist and slightly flare out over hips and thighs.
• Straight or slightly boot-cut trousers are the most flattering.
• Wear darker coloured bottoms and lighter coloured tops. This will give your body more balance.
• Avoid any bottoms that are too tight.

Clothing tips for Apple-Shaped woman:
• Balance out your figure with an A-line skirt that will give you the look of a waist and more of an hourglass look.
• Avoid full sleeves or puffy sleeves.
• Avoid tops that are too tight or baggy.
• V-neck, boatneck, turtle and mock necks and shirt collars are your most flattering necklines.
• Choose flat-front, never pleated, bottoms that have a lower rise than the natural waist.
• Play up nice legs with shorter (an inch above the knee) skirts.




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