Does Size matters ?
Women come in all different shapes and size. From experience and with some hit-and-trial method, we get to know what looks best on us. Although there are a lot of ladies who are afraid of trying new trends and styles, in fear that it might not look good on them. Well, there isn’t any foolproof way to hide your extra flab, but there are few hacks by which you can definitely highlight the best you got.
There’s always a new trend coming and we gravitate towards it without considering if it will look good on our body shape or not. Well, I do not blame you, trends change fast, and its not always easy to know how to adapt them for our unique (and beautiful!) body shapes. So how do you find clothes that are flattering your specific body type? The key is to know your proportions, and use fashion to accentuate your best features and hide everything else!
Let us understand our body shape first and how do we identify them-
Our body shape is based upon the size of our physical features and the overall balance of our body. While there is no universal definition for each body shape, understanding the overall balance of our body amongst bust, waist and bottom can help us determine which areas of our body we need to hide.
I have broken down a few of the most common body shapes by definition, which areas you should be trying to emphasize, and which pieces to shop for that will help you do exactly that.
1. PEAR BODY SHAPE-
1.Larger lower bodies and smaller upper bodies.
2. Shoulders narrower than hips.
3. Tend to gain weight below waist.
4. E.g. 32–28–39, 34–30–38, 36–30–44
5. Your waist is larger than your bust
6. You have proportionately slim arms and shoulders
How to Style-
The trick to dressing this body type is to wear anything that adds to your shoulder and bust area. Keep attention to your upper body, by minimizing the lower half by wearing sober clothes like dark jeans or pants. Your goal is to elongate and balance your figure by accentuating your top half.
1. Dresses: Try an off-the-shoulder fit-and-flare dress.
Your bare shoulders will take the attention off your lower body, and the skirt shape is ideal for highlighting the smallest part of your waist and then generously flaring out to conceal wider hips.
2. Skirts: Try an A-line skirt.
An A-line skirt highlights the smallest part of your waist and flares out over hips.
3. Tops: Try an embellished top.
Embellished or embroidered tops are great for centering the focus on your slim upper body. Underscore the effect by keeping your skirt or pants simple and unadorned.
4. Pants: Try boot-cut pants
Boot-cut styles provide a one-two punch: They draw eyes away from the hips, and the volume at the hem balances out your hips, making them seem perfectly proportioned. A slim flare is best suited for the most modern feel.
Avoid pants or tights that narrow your legs.
5. Outerwear: Try a structured jacket.
Interesting details or prints direct attention to the top half of your body and give a bit of structure to the shoulder area, which makes your bottom-half appear smaller in comparison.
2. RECTANGLE/RULER BODY SHAPE-
1· Tend to be waif-like and slim.
2· Shoulders, hips, waist almost same size.
3· Very little indentation at waist; not particularly curvy
4· Your weight is fairly evenly distributed throughout your body
5· E.g. 34–30–35, 36–33–37, 40–36–42.
How to Style-
With this body type, you may have a long, thin body that tends to lack curves. Your aim is to wear clothes that flatter your thin profile, break up your silhouette, and create curves.
1· Tops: Try a ruffled piece.
Shirts with ruffles around the bust make your top half look larger, which makes your waist look smaller and shapelier in comparison.
2· Outerwear: Try a slightly cropped jacket with a banded bottom.
Jackets that cinch in at the bottom are ideal for your shape.
3· Dresses: Try a side-cutout dress.
The small side cutout on the dress works to make your look curvier. The inward-pointing lines whittle your waist, making it look smaller in proportion to your bust and hips. Voila: curves!
You can also try a dress with a lot of embellishment at the bust, as it will give some “weight” there, making it look a bit bigger.
4· Pants: Try tapered pants.
Tapered pants(narrower towards bottom) will create the illusion of more proportionate hips.
5· Skirts: Try a miniskirt.
A form-fitting skirt will emphasize any curves you have, and the short hemline will show off your slim legs.
Bright tights will also add more shape to a straight body.
5· Belts: Try belts on your dress
you can “pinch” in your waist with belts to exaggerate curves.
3. APPLE BODY SHAPE-
1. Wider shoulders than hips.
2. Bigger on the top half of their bodies than on the bottom half.
3. Slim hips and legs
4. Carry the most weight on bust and mid-section
5. Tend to gain weight above the waist or bottom.
6. E.g. 40–36–33, 36–32–30, 34–30–29
How to Style-
To dress successfully for the apple body, you need to direct attention away from your mid riff, and wear clothes to accentuate the lower part of your body giving more volume to your hips and legs. Most women with this type of body have normal to thin legs and a pronounced bust.
Your goal is to minimize your midsection by highlighting your hips and legs.
1. Outerwear: Try a swing coat.
A swing coat will be incredibly flattering on you.
2. Tops: Try a flowy top.
A flowy top is the best way to de-emphasize your midsection. Printed Tops would work wonders for you to hide extra flab.
Wear tops that drape over any curves if you wish.
3. Skirts: Try a high-waist circle skirt.
The waistband will hit at the smallest part of the torso and flare out over the stomach. Make sure it’s not much flare as it will make you look more heavy.
4. Dresses: Try a shift dress.
A shift dress(short dress loosely hanging on the shoulders) lies just far enough away from the body to conceal any problem areas.
Tailoring tip: Get your dress hemmed towards the end show off your legs!
5. Pants: Try low-waist straight-leg pants.
Pants that sit low on the hips will help avoid any stomach bulge.
6. Draw attention away from your waist and shoulders/arms (wear long sleeves shirts, blouses, etc.), and draw attention to your bust and neck (e.g. v-necks).
7. Avoid dresses and belts that pinch at your waist. This will most likely accentuate curves that you may not wish to show off.
8. Wear dark colors.
4. HOURGLASS BODY SHAPE-
1. Well-proportioned upper and lower body.
2. Shoulders and hips (almost) same size
3. Dramatic indentation at waistline.
4. Tend to gain weight all over your body, especially hip and chest area.
5. E.g. 32–26–33, 33–27–35, 36–30–38.
6. Your body is curvy as you have a well-defined waist.
How to Style-
Finally the type of hourglass body has the bust and hips almost the same size, in a variation of maximum 5cm. If this is your body type then you should show your curves and accentuate the thinnest part of your waist. Avoid anything that makes you look “boxy”! You have admirable curves, so embrace them. Use your waist as the focal point when dressing.
1. Outerwear: Try a belted jacket.
A belted jacket is the easiest way to play up your petite waist.
2. Tops: Try a crop top.
3. Dresses: Try a wrap dress.
The V-neck is ultra-flattering to your bust, and the wrap detail highlights the curve between your waist and hips.
4. Pants: Try wide-leg pants with a belted waist.
The upside of belted pants? You can be sure they all fit perfectly at the waist.
5. Skirts: Try a pencil skirt.
A pencil skirt accentuates your curves and smoothens your thighs.
6. Tailored clothing is usually more flattering. Shapeless or drape-y clothing tends to over-focus on the bust make hourglass shapes look heavy or pregnant.
7. Shape your bust.
Embrace V-neck dresses and tops. V-necks are typically quite flattering. Just be sure you do not show more cleavage than appropriate to the situation.