it is really important to know your body type in order to determine what styles work best for you. Here is a guide that describes the different body types to hep. Want a quick checker? Scroll down to the quiz to find out
You are a Full hourglass with feminine curves and a waist!
Full hourglasses are characterized by rounded shoulders, sturdy hips, a slender waist, and a short upper body. They’re often fairly busty and have serious curves. It's important to balance out the hips and shoulders and accentuate the waist. One way to do it, for example, is to tighten the waist a little with a thin cord or belt. Where skirts are involved, a pencil skirt is one of the very best options for this shape. Keep in mind: hard, stiff fabrics are a no go. What you need is a fabric with a fluid drape.
Suggested outfit Priscilla Top and Butterfly pant belted with the Novah Sweater
Wide rectangles tend not to have much by way of a waist. Your shoulders and hips are more or less the same width. Given the lack of waistline, the trick is create one or to completely disguise its absence. This shape can't go wrong by combining a top that stops just below the hips with a pair of skinny jeans. It’s the perfect way to ‘lengthen’ the upper body. Knee length dresses are another good choice for the wide rectangle – they put the emphasis on your gorgeous legs. If you're wearing a pair of bootcut trousers or a flared skirt, make sure the shoulder area is a little wider and straighter. That will create the illusion of a waist. Where necklines are concerned, the V-neck is your friend. Wide rectangles should definitely consider stiffer fabrics and straight, graphic prints.
Suggested styles Serenity Topper, Madelyn Tunic Dress, double dye leggings.
You are blessed with an X-type! Neat hourglass
Are your shoulders and hips perfectly aligned and do you have a slender waist? If so, you’re a neat hourglass. You body is naturally well proportioned, so select garments that follow your natural curves. In addition to accentuating your natural curves, be sure to emphasize your waist by tucking it into a top, dress or kimono or wearing a pair of wide-legged or bootcut trousers with a fitted waist. As a neat hourglass, your best option is to go for fabrics with a fluid drape that hug your natural curves. ‘Less is more’ – that goes for accessories too.
You are an I-type with a narrow figure!
The slim rectangle has a slender, straight, and somewhat ‘boyish’ figure. Their shoulders and hips are equally wide, and they tend to lack both a defined waist and curves. Tops with voluminous sleeves, layers, and details in the bust and shoulder areas help create more shape. Ruffles around the lower body will also provide for additional volume, making your silhouette more interesting.
Styles highlighted Priscilla Top, Butterfly pant belted with the Novah Sweater. Accent with a sweater infinity
You are a V-type with an athletic figure!
For those of us who are inverted triangles, our shoulders are broader than our hips. Balance out your V-shaped silhouette by accentuating your lower body rather than your upper body. Inverted triangles often have a more ‘athletic’ build with narrow hips, which is why ‘softening’ the shoulders is important. When selecting a pair of trousers or a skirt, bright or light colours and patterns are a great way to give your lower body more oomph. By taking this tack you put the focus on the lower body, which helps camouflage the shoulders. When deciding on the length of top pieces, for example tops or jackets, hip length is your best bet. For the upper body, the inverted triangle should go for fabrics with a fluid drape, but opt for a stiffer fabric for skirts or trousers.
Pieces shown Taylor Top and Pam Palazzo Pant
You are an O-type with narrow ankles!
The apple has a belly, which also happens to be the danger zone for this body shape. Apples also lack a well-defined waist. However, apples do have delicate ankles and lovely calves. For that reason, it’s a good idea to direct the focus towards your face and slender ankles. You can emphasi the latter with skirts and dresses that have, for example, a slit and by selecting the most flattering length. To draw attention to the face, be sure to rely on eye-catching accessories, a pair of dazzling earrings or a fetching scarf for example.
You are a pear with feminine curves in the lower body!
The pear's upper body is tapered and becomes wider from the hips down. That’s why you should be sure to accentuate your upper body and use our tips to make your lower body look more slender. Use bright colors to accentuate your upper body, wearing subdued clothing as much as possible once past the hips. (For trousers/skirts a darker shade is your best option. Try to avoid prints.) Create longitudinal lines along the lower body to split up the ‘heavier’ zone. Wide-leg trousers that counterbalance the hips look fantastic on the pear.
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