Thursday, August 19, 2010

How to dress for your body type (Women)

I like blogging about things that are useful to me, sometimes it's hard to figure out what to wear with my body type, so I searched for what  the best clothes for someone with an hourglass figure to wear and I decided to look for all of my beautiful readers with different body types as well.

There are 4 general body types for women:

46% of women have this body type.Which is a straight or  rectangular shape waist hips and bust are usually even with each other. Celebs with this body type include, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, Hilary Duff, Sheryl Crow, Rachel Hunter.

What to wear:
  • Low vertical necklines like U- and V-neck because they break up your wide torso and elongate it.
  • Almost all types of pants especially wide and flared leg because the flare hem which make it look like you have hips.If you're wearing skinny pants or jeans, make sure you balance your frame with bright colored shoes. 
  • Tops, sweaters and dresses that cinch at your waistline or right below your bust such as an empire waist because it makes your waist look narrower.
  • Full skirts such as circle, pleated and A-line styles.
  • Shoulder pads help raise your frame by adding flattering width, sculpting your upper body
  • Shirts and tops that have details around the bust area such as ruffles, ruching, sequins and other embellishments.

What to avoid:
Stay away from high waist clothing it usually make a waist look shorter and thicker.

14% of women have this body type. This is when your bust three or more inches bigger than hips. Celebs with this body type include, Jennifer Hudson, post-pregnant Angelina Jolie (a very thin apple), Catherine Zeta-Jones and Elizabeth Hurley belong to this category.

What to wear:

  • Tailored and fitted tops, sweaters and dresses. It will skim your silhouette in a flattering way compared to boxy tops that only exaggerate your figure.

  • Solid, dark colors. Especially black, dark blue navy, dark brown and dark grey. Wear it as a top or sweater and you've instantly trimmed down your chest!

  • Low v-necks. They lengthen your neck and minimise your chest and torso, creating a long and lean line on your frame

  • Tops that cinch at the thinnest part of your waist such as empire cut to skim over your wide midriff.

  • Straight, wide and flare leg pants will help balance out your body shape by widening your hips a bit

  • Single-breasted coats and jackets because of the single straight line these will flatter your shape. Double-breasted will only make your torso look wider and bigger.

  • Full skirts such as A-line and circle skirts to draw the eye away from your full midsection. They also manage to show off great curves

    What to Avoid:

  • All apple shaped women should completely avoid wearing clingy and fitted tops. Keep away from boxy and oversized tops too as they make you look larger and shapeless. You can opt to wear longer shirts or tops as they help to cover-up the tummy area. Always remember not to wear any fabric which clings to your tummy.

20% of women have this body type.This is where your hips significantly larger than bust.Celebs who have this body type include, Beyoncé, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Coleen McLoughlin, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez.

What to Wear:

  • Close-fitted blouses and tops with eyecatching design and/or volume such as: bustier, horizontal lines, patterns, pockets, beads, etc

  • Wide necklines. Like for example boat neck, strapless, bandeau, square, U and cowl necks.

  • All kinds of pants and jeans. Yeah really! Straight, bootleg, wide leg pants and jeans create a vertical fluid and not to mention flattering lean vertical line on your shape. A great option when you want to offset your killer curves.

  • Cropped jacket and cardigans add a stylish twist of width on your upper body

  • Jackets that fall just above the hips. It's the best jacket and coat length that doesn't draw a lot of attention to your curves.

What to Avoid:

  • Pear shaped women generally have heavy thighs and heavy calves. In such cases, you should avoid wearing tight and short skirts

8% of women have this body type. This is where you have an equal hip and bust measurements with a narrow waist.Celebs with this body type include,Megan Fox, Salma Hayek, Scarlet Johansson, Halle Berry, Kate Winslet, Jessica Biel

What to Wear:

  • Waist belts. Wide and skinny belts worn around your waist will accentuate your beautiful hourglass shape.

  • Wrap tops and dresses flatter your shape, creating a smooth and sexy silhouette

  • Belted tops, dresses, sweaters, shirts, coats such as nipped jackets, for example a trenchcoat which elegantly flatter your body shape

  • Almost all skirts such as pencil, A-line, circle, tiered. When wearing pencil skirt tuck in your blouse and accentuate your waist with a skinny belt. Have in mind that the tapered skirt style will emphasize your curves so if you're self-conscious about them select a skirt with a flare hem to add balance to your figure.

  • All types of jeans and pants. Flare leg, wide leg and bootcut will make your hips look slimmer because of the slight flare at the hemline. However skinnys will enhance your curves.

     What to Avoid :

  • Avoid shorts that are loose and shapeless, because these will not do your figure any justice.

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