We have all experienced a fashion misstep when we thought we found the perfect dress, but on trying it on, the dress was not flattering on you.
The truth is, all bodies are built differently and just because the dress didn’t flatter your body doesn’t mean it is not a reflection of you or your body. The trick is to find a dress that suits your specific body type and accentuates your best features whilst ‘downplaying’ your problem areas.
So, how do you find clothes flatter your specific body type?
Let’s first discuss the different body shapes before your next visit to the clothing stores at The Junction Mall:
Hourglass body shape
This body shape is characterised by having a well-balanced bust and hips, beautifully defined waist, gently rounded shoulders that align nicely with your hips, proportionate upper body, and when you gain weight, it evenly distributes throughout your upper and lower body.
The key to dressing an hourglass shape is: defining your waist and showing off your lovely lady shape.
With the amazing curves, it’s time to embrace them in body-hugging silhouettes and pieces that hit you in all the right places.
Power pieces for this body type are dresses that are cinched at the waist. V plunge and sweetheart necklines will also help you flaunt your upper body. To flaunt your waistline, go with a belt at your natural waistline or below the belly button, either way it only looks great. A-line dresses or similar cuts take care of working on the lower part of the body and needless to say, body-hugging dresses are your thing.
Apple body shape
This body shape is categorised by shoulders broader than hips, and a not so well-defined waistline.
Since most of the weight concentration is above the hips, the mid-riff appears heavier than the remaining body with a minimal waistline. The idea here is to take the attention away from that part of the body and highlight your strengths. That’s why you need to flaunt your legs or wear dresses with V or deep V necklines that create an elongated illusion of the torso.
A-line or empire cuts are ideal for this body shape. Wear printed dresses or patterned jackets that adds a layer that shifts the focus. Monochrome looks, dark colours, full or 3/4th sleeves dresses, and flowy tops will help. You could also wear flared bottoms, palazzos pants etc. to create a balanced look. Lastly, with the broad shoulders wearing the right bra size especially if you have a big bust line will help accentuate your strong features on the upper body.
Inverted Triangle body shape
This is also known as the athletic body and its characterised by having proportionally larger upper body,broad shoulders, ample bust, wide back, slim hips, subtle waist with a tendency to gain weight in your belly and upper body and lastly beautiful, shapely legs which are your best asset.
One thing to remember for this body shape is adding definition to your hips and thereby focusing on creating a balance. Straight-cut jeans and dresses that naturally have an inverted V-look to them are all clothes that will suit your body.
Since the hips are much narrower than the shoulders, pencil cut skirts, and skinny jeans, with any type of tops will look great. But, do make sure that there is not much layering or definition to your upper body because it needs none. V-neck lines work well and create an illusion of narrow shoulders, so this should be your go-to neckline.
Pear body shape
The pear-shaped body is wide in the lower part of the body. This body shape is charaterised by wider waist than the bust, with fuller hips, narrow shoulders in comparison to the shoulders and a full rear side.
The advantage of this body shape is that one can create an illusion of an hourglass figure if styled correctly. The shoulders are narrow, and hips are wide. All one has to do is to strike a balance or wear outfits that enhance the lower body, either way this would work well.
Some of the pieces that best suit this body type would be wide-legged pants, A-line skirts or dresses with patterned or ruffled tops that add definition to the upper body, skinny jeans with loose tops help create an hourglass illusion, crop tops, sweetheart necklines, V or deep-V necklines, scoop or boat necks that will help balance your bottom out.
Rectangle body shape
Our final stop on the body type tour is the rectangle body shape which is characterised by having shoulders and hip measurements that are nearly the same. Here, the waist isn’t very small or well-defined, and lastly, one’s weight is fairly and evenly distributed throughout the body.
The key thing to note with this body type is that the arms and legs are the main assets so one should focus on enhancing that.
Best pieces for this body type would be A-line skirts, ruffled and layered tops, dresses that add definition to your bottom and necklines that add definition to the upper body. Sleeveless, strapless and sweetheart lines should be your go to cuts. Lastly, blazers, long jackets and capes should also be considered as they add the much-needed drama here.
Being self-aware and understanding what outfits work for your body will make shopping so much fun while saving you unnecessary trips to the changing room. The guidelines above are simply a starting point to understanding the basics and, let’s be honest, most women are at least two body types. Therefore, it’s all about mixing & matching different cuts and looks till you find what best suits you.
What’s more, you can shop for any of the mentioned pieces and styles at The Junction Mall from stores such as Dichotomy, Eunique, Kache by Angie, LC Wakiki, Levis, MRP Apparel, Oneway, Pink Skink, Vivo and Woolworths.