Body shapes, style advice, style guide

Style advice for your body shape!

As a freelance fashion stylist I’ve worked with several clients, yet there’s one thing every woman wants to know:

  How do I dress to suit my shape? 

  Well, I’ve now put together the ultimate fashion style guide showing you what dresses to wear for your body shape. Take a look at the Shape Solutions range to discover fashion that really works wonders for your figure.

  This are the 4 different type of body shapes for women. 

About the Apple body shape
If you are the Apple of someone’s eye then you’re pretty in proportion but tend to carry your weight around your mid section without a well-defined waist. You may also have fabulous legs and/or boobs so dressing is all about showing off those best bits and avoiding adding volume round your middle.

Bring out your best:
Empire line and longer length tops will flatter your figure. Go for low-ish necklines to draw the eye upwards.

Best to avoid:

Short, boxy jackets and pleated or tiered skirts are not your friends. Cast them out now and feel forever better.

Go for dresses that highlight your bust and skim down over yout tummy without clinging.
Top Tip: Look out for dresses with embellishment around the neck and colour/ detail around the hem to draw attention to either end of your body.

About the Pear body shape.

If you are a bottom-heavy beauty and are bigger around the hips, bottom or thighs than you are up top then, like the majority of women, you are a Pear! You’ve probably also got a fairly flat stomach you lucky thing. Work that womanly figure by adding more shape and structure above the waist.

Bring out your best:

Balance out your curvy bottom half with bold bright tops or tops with large collars, lapels or sleeves.

Best to avoid:

Tube, pencil and fishtail skirts, especially tight-fitting ones will only emphasise your hips and behind.

Look for dresses that add volume and detail on your top half or bust and flare out over your hips rather than cling 
Top Tip: Adding a structured bolero jacket to most flared dress styles will give a really flattering look for Pear shapes.

About the Hourglass body shape

Curvy hourglass girls go in at the middle, often with a fuller bust and bottom to contrast with the smaller waist. You’re blessed with a very sexy shape so you need to learn not to drown it in too-baggy clothes but also not go too overtly sexy either…unless that’s the look you’re going for!

Bring out your best:

Wrap dresses, waist-cinching belts and flared or wide leg jeans will work wonders. Not necessarily all at once.

Best to avoid:

Shapeless baggy jumpers will hide your wonderful waist. Unless you add that magic belt of course!

Your curves were made for dresses, so have some fun! Just stick to styles that highlight your waist.
Top Tip: If you love strapless dresses but have full upper arms simply add a little shrug.

 About the Rectangle body shape

Rectangle ladies are fairly straight up and down though don’t always have the boyish chest to match. Many women would kill for your shape; there’s no main area you want to minimise so you can get away with more things than most. However you may crave more curves – an illusion easily created with the right clothing.

Bring out your best:

A structured coat that cinches in with a belt will make you look more curvy. If you’ve a small bust you can get away with tricky to wear high-necked tops.

Best to avoid:

Low rise jeans and trousers can make your torso look too long. Stay away from sheath dresses and stick to styles with more shape instead.
Most dresses will look great on your more boyish frame but aim to create more curves top and bottom. 

Top Tip: If you’re a lucky busty rectangle go for a lower neckline. If not, go for a higher neck and show off your sexy back or legs instead.

I hope this post helped you to get to know more about how to style your daily outfits according to your body shape!

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