Many women struggle with finding the perfect clothes to fit their unique body shapes, but looking and feeling good in your clothes can actually be much easier than you think with a few simple tricks, beginning with getting to know your body shape.
Determining Your Body Type
The very first step towards the perfect outfit is figuring out your own body type. Even though we’re all unique individuals with specific dimensions and proportions, there are several body shapes that serve as universally accepted categories.
Triangle (Pear) Shaped Body Type – waist larger than bust, wide hips, slim arms and shoulders.
Apple-Shaped Body Type – proportional figure, large bust and mid-section.
Rectangular (athletic) Shaped Body Type – not curvy, long slim arms and legs, usually a slim, yet not defined waist. Shoulders and hips have the same width.
Hourglass-Shaped Body Type – very curvy, defined waist, bust area and hips are approximately the same size.
Inverted Triangle– Large bust, narrow waist and narrow hips.
What To Wear
Now that you have determined what body shape you are, it’s time to see which type of clothes best suit your figure.
If you have this particular figure, you definitely need to highlight your shoulders. This way, your entire body will look even and perfectly balanced. Feel free to use colorful scarves and necklaces. Your body shape is perfect for elegant dresses. However, you should try to avoid tight pants and short skirts. Dark colors are the best choice for your bottom half, but your tops should be more colorful, bright and attention grabbing.
Women with this body shape often seek to distract from their midsections. A great way to achieve this is to wear A-line dresses and long, flowy tops that do not cling to the stomach area. Layered tops and long tunics are the most flattering options. Instead of skinny jeans, try rocking a cute boyfriend jean. In order to enhance your curves, wear belts below your bust instead of around your waist to create a flattering A-line.
The fact that you don’t have natural curves should not discourage you! There are a number of things you can do to enhance certain parts of your body. For example, you can wear tops that end at the middle of your hips. You can use jewelry and accessories to enhance your bust and upper body. Shorter dresses and skirts will serve to elongate your legs and create a curvier sillouette.
To show off your hour glass figure, be sure to choose clothes that will enhance your natural curves. It is a good idea to avoid baggy outfits and focus on accentuating a narrow waist with more fitted tops. Pencil skirts are a great way to flatter your figure.
Inverted Triangle- Shaped Body
Wear detailed or patterned bottoms in order to help fill out that area, and avoid wearing patterned tops. Instead keep tops simple and uncluttered. Straight clothing lines are a natural extension to your natural body shape. You can create the illusion of curvier hips by using wide belts. Avoid low necklines and chunky scarves or jewelry.
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Stefan is a writer for First Beat Media and a blogger in his spare time. His favorite topics are dating, health, lifestyle, sports, fashion and fitness.