What fits me?
Body shape is all about proportion, and fashion is all about dressing those proportions to look their very best. When you think about body types, don’t focus on height and weight… focus on shape. To dress according to your figure is about accentuating your shape putting attention to the positive and flattering thing about your figure so you look the best in every outfit you own.
Each of us is unique — and so are our bodies. But body shapes are generally narrowed down to five general categories: A-shape, V-shape, I-shape and X-shape
Once you’ve determined your body shape, you can begin to consider which fashion trends to embrace and which to avoid. Spend some time in front of the mirror and do a fair and honest assessment of your body. Then put these fashion tips to work.
A-shaped figure, Your lower body is wider than your upper body.
In other words, your hips are wider than your shoulders. Your bottom is rounded and your waist is well-defined.
Your best assets: Shoulders and torso. Emphasize your waist and arms, add volume to your shoulders and upper body.
As a rule of thumb, necklines for dresses should accentuate the shoulders and waist — play around with sweetheart, scoop-neck or plunging. Opt for visually interesting hemlines on dresses that slim the hips and thighs.
Dos and don’ts
- DO try A-line skirts
- DO keep hems of pants, skirts and dresses wide to balance the hips.
- DO look for boat neck tops, square and cowl necklines.
- DO wear strapless dresses to show off arms and even out proportions.
- DO try styles with ruffles on top.
V-shaped figure, broad chest and wide shoulders with narrow waist and hips.
Also known as the inverted triangle,
Your best asset: Your legs.
Accentuate your lower body while softening your shoulders and upper body. All types of long skirts with high or low waist look good on you, and especially ones that accentuate your waist. Avoid wearing spaghetti strap tops or boat necklines or in general high necklines that go across your neckline.
Dos and don’ts
- DO wear full skirts.
- DON’T wear spaghetti-strap tops.
- DON’T wear boat neckline tops.
- DO experiment with high-waisted styles.
- DO look for clothes that create the illusion of a waist.
I-shaped figure. The waist, hip and shoulder widths are similar.
Scoop neckline, sweetheart neckline,
Your best assets: Your arms and legs
Create curves and show off slender legs and arms.
For rectangle or ruler body types a sweetheart neckline adds some curves, or a pencil skirt with a slit to show off your legs and adds visual interest. Building dimension on a straight body type can consist of wearing belts to define the waist and layering items like accessories or tops.
Dos and don’ts
- DO wear scoop neck and sweetheart tops to create curves.
- DO wear tops with collars, ruffles and details to flatter your chest.
- DO wear a good bra that will make the most of what you have.
- DO layer to add more dimensions.
- DO wear dresses with ruching. Cinches on sides are ideal.
X-shaped figure. Your shoulders and hips are similar in proportion and set off by a thinner waist.
Your best assets: Your feminine curves
Show off your curves but with balance — that is the key to selecting clothes for an hourglass-shaped body. Keep the proportions of a fuller bust even with the proportions of fuller hips and thighs. Search for dresses that have a fitted top half and hug your waist to avoid adding bulk., X-shaped bodies should wear dresses with V-necks or sweetheart necklines to slim down the bust. Accessorize with belts so that the naturally smaller waist is showcased. A-line cut or wrap dresses are a perfect match.
Dos and don’ts
- DON’T hide your curves with baggy clothing.
- DO wear a good bra and showcase your bust.
- DO wear fitted dresses.
- DO wear a belt at the waist to enhance your hourglass shape.
- DO try wrap dresses.
- DO go for high-waisted skirts.
- DO pick thin, lightweight styles and fabrics.
But most importantly accentuate and draw attention to what you like. Do you have great shoulders and arms? Go strapless and wear a statement necklace to draw attention up. Tiny waist? Use a fabulous belt to really show it off. If you’ve got great legs, opt for something shorter but that has sleeves to give you some balance — so you’re not showing too much at any one time. Also, shapewear is a good thing to have in mind regardless of your size. It smooths you out and gives you a great silhouette.”