Your body shape can determine what clothes suit you. Fashion and styling can often seem like a skill that’s out of your reach, especially when you look at glamorous people on social media rocking outfits that often look a bit off on you. However, what if we told you that you can master the art of styling through one simple trick – paying attention to your body?
We often believe we’re meant to make our clothes look great when we wear them, not realising that it’s the opposite. The clothes are meant to make you look great. By understanding your body type and ensuring that you dress to enhance your best features, you can nail your outfit game each time!
What silhouettes suit different body types?
Here’s a quick snapshot of everything you know need to know about identifying your body type and picking the perfect silhouettes for your shape.
If your waist, bust, shoulders and hips are the same size and create a column-like silhouette, then you’ve got a rectangle body. While picking your outfits, focus on items that add the illusion of shape. A pencil skirt with ruching around the hips can make them look fuller. Similarly, A-line shirts (similar to what women wore in the 1950s) will add drama to your silhouette. Short blazers, dramatic necklines and large sleeves are ideal for you.
If your shoulders are noticeably wider than your hips, your body has an inverted triangle shape. To create a balanced silhouette, you must bring more attention to your waist by wearing pencil skirts, colourful bottoms or skinny jeans. Try to pick simpler tops as you don’t want your shoulders getting all the attention. Deep V-neck tops can also help slim your shoulders down.
People with wide hips and narrow shoulders and bust have a pear shape. The trick to creating the perfect outfit is finding the right balance between highlighting your curves and pulling attention away from them. Sounds like rocket science, right? Here’s a trick – wear high-waist straight-legged or skinny jeans to create an hourglass-like silhouette. Pair your bottoms with flowy tops that either end at the waistband of low-rise jeans, or are tucked into high-waist jeans (this is because you don’t want to lose your waist).
If your hips are approximately half a foot shorter than your chest and waist, then you have an apple shape. By wearing an empire-waistline dress (or top), you can create a balance between your bust, hips and waist. Pairing a short jacket with high-waisted wide-legged pants can create a balance and help create the illusion of a slimmer waist.
People with a noticeable balance between their bust and waist have an hourglass shape. This body type is fairly versatile, and you can wear figure-hugging garments that show off your natural curves. You can also wear crop tops with high-waist jeans, A-line dresses, and tops with plunging v-shaped necklines.
By following these simple tips, you can always end up looking like a million bucks! Follow our website for more fashion and skincare tips like these!