When you’re looking at all those racks of clothes in a department store, its easy to get caught up in the pretty colours and striking patterns. You can get excited about a piece of clothing because of its appearance, but when you try it on you might find that it doesn’t fit right or look as good as you’d imagined. Then disappointment sinks in and you think, “Why can’t I find the right clothes to fit me?”
There are so many different types of clothing out there – tailor pants, embellished blazers, shapeless t-shirts, boyfriend jeans, flared dresses – the list is endless. Not every piece of clothing is going to suit every body type. The trick is to have a good understanding of your body shape to identify the right cuts and styles that will work best for you. It’s easy to focus on the “problem areas” but try to consider your whole body when identifying your body shape. Remember, no matter what body type your are, the main priority is dressing to draw attention to your face. And most importantly, if you don’t feel comfortable in what you’re wearing, don’t even bother taking it to the checkout counter!
We’ve broken it down to the 5 most common body shapes:
This shape is identified by someone who is lacking in curves with a straight up and down frame. If this is you, look for tailored clothes that accentuate womanly curves. If you have a small bust, look for tops and dresses with high necklines – halter necks are a great option. Play around with colorful or patterned skirts on a dress. Otherwise try glittering jewellery pieces that frame your face to draw attention away from your lack of curves.
If you are pear shaped you have hips that are wider than your upper body – just like Kim Kardashian! Stick to one colour palate to create a leaner, overall shape. If you want to divert the attention off of your hips, look for full skirt dresses that will help balance out your proportions. Otherwise try wearing a top or dress with an embellished neck line to draw attention to the upper part of your body. For pants, make sure they’re fitted at your waist line and go for a darker shade, like navy or black.
Look for fabrics that don’t cling but sit close to your body – soft cotton or silk will do this well. An A line cut dress can help minimise roundness and avoid cuts that mimic your shape, such as scoop necks. Focus on accentuating your legs with a pair of heels or short skirt and avoid belts that draw attention to your waist. A structured, short cut jacket is also a great staple item to have in your wardrobe.
If you have a wedge shape you’ll find that your shoulders are wider than your waistline. Look for dresses that help create the illusion of a waist to balance our your proportions – a belt or high waisted pair of pants or skirt will do this well. Avoid spaghetti strap tops and try to keep the shape around your shoulders rounded rather than geometric. A V line cut will help draw attention to your thin waist in all the right ways!
An hourglass shaped body is someone who has evenly proportioned shoulders and waistline with a thin midsection. If you have an hourglass body shape – embrace those curves! Avoid baggy clothing and ruffles that appear around your shoulders and bust. High waisted pants and pencil skirts are a great staple item for your wardrobe. Look at dresses that cling to your body and create an a dynamic silhouette – the mermaid style dress is a perfect choice for the hour glass figure!
GlamCorner has a vast variety of dresses to suit every body type! Check out our range or contact our in-house stylists for more information.