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Many of you wonder if there are some tips to dress in a way to make you look more charming. It seems it has troubled many ladies: why my body shape is not that perfect? Why is it so hard to match a look-so-beautiful cloth? Actually, it is not the problem that your body shape is not perfect, but we need to dress according to our appropriate body shape. Just like we always find some girls look more glamorous in maxi dresses while some more charming in short jeans. Everyone can look great and dress beautiful regardless of their body proportions, shape and size.

There is a number of different types of body shapes, but let’s just concentrate on 4 major ones: hourglass, pear, rectangle, and apple.

The point here is what body type on earth am I?

To find out the answer, take a look below.

1. Hourglass

You belong to this type if:

  • Your shoulder and hip are almost the same sizes, with an obvious smaller waistline
  • You wear the same size top and bottom
  • you have a clearly defined waist
  • You have clearly defined bust
  • You have a curved bottom

Hourglass is kind of the most perfect body shape. It is also called X body shape. People who are in hourglass body type have a more obvious silhouette, which looks sexier. And they have more options on picking the right clothes for themselves.

Tips:

  • You need to wear shaped and fitted lines in order to follow your body lines
  • Follow your body line – that defines your waist, enhances your bust and highlights your hips and bottom
  • This is the classic feminine shape and is most flexible when it comes to wearing different styles and shapes in clothing

You should avoid:

  • Any styles and shapes that hide your body shape. They will add extra volume to your waist
2. Pear

You belong to this type if:

  • Your hip is wider than shoulder or bust
  • You carry weight on your hips or thighs
  • You have narrower shoulders than hips
  • You have a clearly defined waist
  • You wear a larger size on your bottom half than your top

Pear body shape is also called A or triangle body shape. Obviously, people with pear body type has a large lower body and a smaller upper body.

Tips:

  • You need to balance your top half with your lower half by wearing clothes that make your shoulders look broader.
  • Your jackets and tops need to finish either above or below the widest point of your hips and bottom
  • Balance the top with your fuller bottom half. Layering on your top half creates visual interest and draws the eye upwards. Wear volume, clutter, pattern, color on your top half, so hips and thighs will seem narrower
  • Wear fitted styles around your waist and always accentuate your waistline e.g. empire line, wraps, fitted lines
  • Make your shoulders look broader with e.g. shoulder pads, puffed sleeves, cap sleeve t-shirts, boleros

You should avoid:

  • Narrowing leg, pleats or creases in your leg line, pinstripe suits, turn-ups in your trousers, wide or flared leg lines. Also, avoid combat or cropped trousers or culottes
  • Details, patterns, pockets on your thigh and hip area and belts on your hips
  • Flared or ruffled sleeve lines, straight skirts or pencil skirts
  • Bags that sit on your hips
  • Ankle straps, kitten heels, delicate footwear, round toe shoes, ankle boots with straps around your calf area
  • Mini skirts or any other hemline (including single or double vents in jackets) that finishes on your hips, thighs or any other full point of your leg
  • Dropped waistlines or dropped panels
  • Sloping or narrow shoulder lines
3. Rectangle

You belong to this type if:

  • Your shoulder, bust, and hip are almost in the same size with no obvious smaller waist.
  • You wear the same size on your top and bottom halves
  • You have a small bust
  • You have a little waist definition
  • You have flat hips and bottom

Rectangle body shape is also called H body type. People with rectangle body type look straight. Though they might have a taller vision, without a defined silhouette, they are less feminine.

Tips:  

  • You need to create the illusion of a waist
  • Keep your silhouette uncluttered
  • Unstructured jackets that gently shape the waist
  • Hip and bottom details are good – as long they create gentle curves

You should avoid:

  • Details at the waist such as noticeable waistband; high-waisted trousers; belted jackets and coats at the front
  • Straight lines from top to toe e.g. straight jacket worn with straight trousers/with pin stripes/with a pencil skirt
  • Boxy jackets or coats as well double-breasted coats and jackets; boxy pleats
  • Fussy, busy or droopy style in your clothing
  • Rectangle shaped bags or clutch bags
  • Square toe shoes
4. Apple

You belong to this type if:

  • Your shoulder or bust is larger than hip.
  • You have rounded shoulders
  • You have fullness in the tummy area
  • You have ok/good shaped legs
  • You feel uncomfortable when tops are tucked in

Apple body shape is kind of the opposite to pear shape: one is large on the upper body while the other is large on the lower body. Apple body shape is also called Y or inverted triangle body shape. With broad shoulders, people who are in apple body type might look masculine.

Tips:

  • Follow your bodyline – avoid details around bust, tummy and hips. Keep detail in the top and lower thirds.
  • Keep the clothing line straight to slightly fitted, but fabric soft so you avoid unnecessary bulk around the bosom, waist and tummy
  • Keep details above the bust line and below the hip line – for everything in between keep it plain and simple
  • The shoulders need attention so you should balance them from the front and side views
  • Keep your silhouette fitted under bust and as well below your arms and along your waist
  • Splits at waist work wonder

You should avoid:

  • Wearing belts whether big or small
  • Sleeves which finish next to your bust
  • Any details, fuss and volume near bust, tummy or hip area e.g. no lapels, double-breasted coats or jackets, high-waisted trousers or waistbands
  • Skirt above knee length
  • Clothing that finishes at your fullest points e.g. jackets, cardigans
  • Excessive fabric in the mid section
  • Gathered or tiered skirts
  • Clutch bags or shoulder bags
  • Petite shoes, kitten heels, boots with buckles

If you feel that you belong to more than one body shape type, don’t worry, it just means you might be suitable for more than one body type. And of course, you can try both the tips on these body types and find out which fits you better!

If you want to have a deep personalized style analysis of your own, our stylists are more than happy to help you out.

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