Why great clothes look awful on you?
And what you can do to change that
This has nothing to do with your body. Well, it has, but not in the way you thought. Be honest, after you have read the headline the first thought that came was “alright, I know pretty well why clothes on me look terrible — it’s because I’m too tall, too short, too fat, too thin…” and so on and so forth. Most of the cases, this is not true. Intrigue? Keep reading.
There are many more factors that determine the way you look. Here we will talk about one of the most critical ones: matching the clothes with your body type (or body shape — to be more precisely).
The problem is that countless times we tend to wear clothes that are good and comfortable, but completely inappropriate based on our body shape. The shape of your body determines what type of outfit should be worn easily, and what you’d better stay away from.
The overall principle is very simple — your outfit should emphasize your advantages, and disguise any deficiencies. It’s a matter of balancing your upper and lower parts, stressing the advantages of a female silhouette.
There are many rules how to do this properly, but the principle is all the same. Just keep this in mind. If you know that you have to choose an outfit based on your body shape, you will certainly find advice if needed. However, if you forget the principle — the consequences can be unpredictable, so to say. Give you an example: let’s say your waist is quite short and it carries most of your extra weight. The last think you want to do in this case is to add any kind of ruffles, furbelows or embellishments around your waistline or bust. This is because the trick is to focus the attention everywhere else but your fuller midsection.
Your Body Shape
When choosing your outfit, it all comes down to the shape of your body. Obviously, no two women have precisely the same curves at the same places. What women do share, however, are certain basic silhouettes that fall into specific categories, or body shapes. Some call them according to their resemblance to distinctly shaped fruit, like apple, banana, pear, some use other symbols — inverted triangle, spoon, hourglass or Coca-Cola bottle.
No matter the name, they are the typical woman body shapes. Your task is to identify yours. Once you do that, there will be much easy to find suitable and great looking clothes.
Jeans: great piece of outfit but could look terrible if chosen improperly
This is a great example to analyze. Jeans are undoubtedly one of the most popular items in any woman’s wardrobe. A great pair of jeans is indispensable. Take the variety of colors, cuts and rises available and you’ll see that they can satisfy even the pickiest fashionista. Skinny or straight or, maybe, flare, high rise or low rise, black or blue, classic wash or stone-wash… the options are endless.
The abundance of options and lack of understanding could make more harm than good, however. Slim banana shaped woman wear boyfriend style jeans would look too baggy and tomboyish. Likewise, women with more expressed lower part and wide hips wearing skinnies would look unstylish, if not silly.
However, if you know the rules how to fit jeans for your body type, you will look amazing, because you will select the appropriate clothes for your figure.
How to dress appropriately for your body shape
Here we will lay out some pieces of advice. If you’re interested (and you should be) — you’ll go deeper and will search what’s appropriate for your body type and what’s not.
Pear body shape
You should try to accentuate the shoulders and waist. Use necklines for dresses, play around with sweetheart, plunging or scoop-neck. Choose visually interesting hemlines on dresses that slim the hips and thighs. Try styles with ruffles on top.
Try A-line skirts, experiment with light-colored tops and dark-colored bottoms for contrast, keep hems of pants, skirts and dresses wide to balance the hips. To compensate upper part, wear jackets that hit right above the waist, try boat neck tops, square and cowl necklines. To flatten proportions and show off arms, wear strapless dresses. Do opt for pointy-toed shoes to make your legs visually longer.
Wedge body shape
Also known as the inverted triangle, or strawberry, this body shape features a broad chest and wide shoulders with narrow waist and hips. Legs usually are the biggest asset.
What you should strive for is to accentuate your lower body while softening your shoulders and upper body.
Highlight and drawn attention to what you like. If you have great shoulders and arms, go strapless and wear a statement necklace to draw attention up. Fabulous belt will show off a tiny waist. If you’ve got great legs, choose something shorter but that has sleeves to give you some balance. Remember, that shapewear is a must regardless of your size. It evens you out and gives you a perfect silhouette.”
Accentuate legs by wear bright colors on bottom, wide-leg pants or full skirts. In general, look for clothes that create the illusion of a waist, experiment with high-waisted styles. Don’t wear spaghetti-strap tops or boat neckline tops, as they will emphasize upper part even more.
Rectangle body shape
The waist, hip and shoulder widths are similar. It means your arms and legs are our biggest asset. You should aim to create curves and show off slender legs and arms.
Wear a sweetheart neckline which adds some curves, or a pencil skirt with a side-slit which shows off your legs and adds visual curiosity. Defining silhouette on a straight body type can consist of wearing belts to define the waist and layering items like accessories or tops. A great substitute for a dress for a rectangle-shaped body would be the crop top and skirt sets.
So, wear scoop neck and sweetheart tops to create curves or opt for long jackets to create a lean look. Tops with collars, ruffles and details will flatter your chest. A nice bra that will make the most of what you have. Find dresses with ruching. However, avoid overwhelming styles, as this makes you look boyish.
Apple body shape
Most of your weight is above the hips, which are narrow. Your back, ribs and shoulders are broad. Clearly, legs are the asset that you want to show off.
The aim is to visually lengthen your body since apple-shaped ones have a fuller, rounder torso with a minimal waistline. Wear dresses like V-necks, because they elongate your figure. Dresses with an A-line or empire hem should be staples for you. A structured jacket with a dress create a waistline and draw attention away from the midsection. All and all, selecting structured pieces can create a curve in your chest and hips.
Wear a bra that offers good lift and support, use V-neck tops to create the illusion of a lengthier torso, use shorter skirts to show off your legs and draw attention away from your midsection. Boot-cut and flared jeans are also suitable, as they will create an even line from the shoulders down.
Hourglass body shape
Your shoulders and hips are similar in proportion and set off by a tiny waist. You are lucky because you have Curves! Your goal is simple — show off your curves!
Keep the balance when selecting clothes and it will be fine. Try to keep the proportions of a fuller bust even with the proportions of fuller hips and thighs. Look for dresses that have a fitted top half and hug your waist to avoid adding bulk.
Our suggestion is to wear a good bra and showcase your bust. Wear fitted dresses and a belt at the waist to enhance your hourglass silhouette, try wrap dresses or pick high-waisted skirts. Wear skinny or straight leg jeans.
The worst thing to do is to hide your curves with baggy clothing.
Other things to consider
We covered one of the most important aspects when choosing your outfit. This determines the overall shape of your look. Like we said, try not to forget that when you’ll do your shopping. However, there’s a myriad of other things to consider: your style in general, what kind of persona you are, what is your temperament, what is your hair color, what is the best outfit based on your skin tone, your favorite colors — the list goes on and on. But it’s always worth starting with what’s the most important. Be beautiful and stylish!