Body shape guide

It is very important to know your body shape. When it comes to looking good, it's not your size or shape that matters, it's the fit of your clothes. Wearing the right clothes shouldn't be about following the latest fashion trends; it should be about choosing what actually suits you and what makes you feel comfortable and confident. To analyse your body shape, look at yourself in the mirror in your underwear. Stand with your legs together and your arms a bit away from your sides. Examine the area from under your arms, past your bust and ribcage, over your waist and hips to the fullest part of your thighs. Once you know your shape you will know what clothes to buy and which styles look best on you.

     Pear shape

The most common figure proportion for women is the pear shape. What that means is that the widest part of your body is below your waist, around your hips. Remember, you can be tall, short, heavy, or skinny and still be pear shaped.If you’re a pear, your fashion goal is to elongate your figure so that you look less bottom-heavy. The first line of attack to reaching this goal is to balance your hips and your shoulders while showing off your curves. The key here is to accentuate your top half. For example, if the eye is drawn to your cute top or the scarf around your neck, it takes the focus off your bottom half.
Always wear something darker and slimming on the bottom, like dark jeans or slacks, or a dark knee-length pencil skirt or A-line skirt. And, no, that doesn’t mean that you always have to wear black on the bottom, but make sure that the bottom is solid in color and darker than whatever you have on top. As a pear, you want to direct attention to your tops. Fun colors, prints, or details at the neck all serve the purpose of drawing the eye away from the hip area. Just make sure that your tops don’t end at your hips because that draws unnecessary attention there. For example, you can combine a tailored, flared pant with an attractive, eye-catching top can play up a pear’s best features.

Apple shape

Apple-shaped women are fuller around the middle. If they gain weight, it shows up around their belly and upper body. They’re usually larger-breasted and their upper arms and shoulders are broader, too. Their legs tend to be thin and their butts tend to be flat. As an apple, you want to emphasize your strong points (your bust and legs) while camouflaging your weaker ones (your midsection), keeping it all in balance. Since the idea is to draw the eye toward those parts of your body that shine and away from those that don’t, you want to show off your great legs.You can wear patterns, just follow these guidelines. Any large pattern is going to draw attention, so don’t wear a large pattern on top. Wear a small, subtle pattern on top, or save the patterns for the bottom. A great print skirt with a solid sweater set is a great way to express yourself while also flattering your figure. If you have a fuller chest area, draw attention to it. Doing so keeps straying eyes from your midsection. Wear a sexy V-neck. Wear bras that support your bust. And any straps on your tops should be wide enough to cover your bra straps.

Hourglass shape

Since the hourglass is considered the perfect feminine shape, there is not much to be done but to accentuate this particular figure. If you are one of these lucky few, all you really need is to dress smartly and look for clothes that silhouette your figure rather than hide it. Look for dresses that fit your boobs and elongate your waist. They should fit very snugly around that area. If you have some weight around the addomen then make sure your buy your dress in supportive fabric. Pencil skirts that fit well are ideal for the hourglass as they accentuate your wonderful curves. Other skirts can work too but will usually look better when they end around the knee. Be careful with casual clothes. They make  you look boxy.

Inverted triangle shape

Your bottom half is smaller than your top. Little definition between waist and hips. Flat hips and bottoms. Straight and squared shoulder line. On your bottom half you need to wear clothes that make your hips look broader. Keep details, fuss, anything that creates volume to your lower half and keep your top half clean and uncluttered. Straight clothing lines are a natural extension to your body line. Create the illusion of a waist with waist details such as a wider belt. Avoid necklines that make you broader on top e.g. boat or bardot, big straps, halterneck tops, big shawl collars. Styles that extend or accentuate shoulders e.g. details, volume, fuss on your shoulders such as puff sleeves, shoulder pads. Styles that hide your silhouette. Patterns on top, scarves around your neck or shoulders.

Rectangle shape

Rectangle body shapes are characterized by waist, hip and shoulder widths that are all similar to each other. The outline of your body won't have many curves so you'll need to use a few style secrets to create some. Create curves. Look for scoop-neck and sweetheart tops that help create curves. Belt your waist to create more of an hourglass figure. Wear tops with collars, ruffles and details to flatter your chest. Go lean. Wear long jackets to create a lean look and emphasize your narrow rectangle body shape. Layer it up. Layering adds more dimensions to a simple rectangle body shape. Support those girls. Stylists can't say it enough -- a well-fitting bra is essential for rectangle body shapes, which tend to be boyish. The right bra will make the most of the curves you have. Pants are easy. Because of your rectangle body shape, you can wear most pants styles and don't have to worry about them being too tight. In fact, clothes that hug your body will create the illusion of curves.

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