If you want to look your absolute best, making wardrobe choices according to your body shape is a great move. Trends come and go and they can certainly be tempting, but every woman looks fabulous in an outfit that suits their natural curves.
Here, we take a look at the main body shapes and make suggestions for what you should be wearing.
Apple shaped women have an ample bust, a rounded stomach and slim legs and hips.
Choosing straight or skinny trousers is a fantastic way to show off your legs. Team with tailored jackets to give some definition to your upper body, and pull you in at all the right places. This sort of look is suitable for the office or even a night out.
The pear body shape is characterised by a smaller bust, slim shoulders and bigger hips, thighs or bum.
Pears can show off their slim upper half with strapless tops and dresses, and don’t be afraid to experiment with spaghetti straps and off-the-shoulder looks. To keep all the attention on your top half, wear dark colours on your bottom.
If you have an athletic body shape, you’ll have a sporty figure with not many curves. You’ll usually have to make your wardrobe choices wisely to avoid looking boyish.
You’ll be pleased to know that athletic body shapes can wear pretty much anything that they want. But due to your lack of curves, you’ll probably want to choose pieces with a girly or feminine edge to balance out your look. Short, fitted dresses will show off your slim legs, and can be teamed with your favourite accessories for almost any occasion.
Hourglass shapes are defined by their bigger bust, curvy hips, and defined waists.
If you’re an hourglass, you’re likely to be the envy of many women! For 1940s pin-up style, team an A-line skirt with a fitted shirt, unbuttoned slightly to show off your cleavage. With a pair of high heels, you’ve created a look that could be suitable for day or night.
Once you’ve identified your body shape and start thinking about items that will really suit you, rather than just sticking to the latest trends, you’ll find that you feel much more confident and comfortable in your clothes.
As a side note, make sure that you’re always choosing clothes in the right size. If you’re really a size 16, trying to squeeze into a 14 or even a 12 will only make you look larger than you really are. Well-fitting items are always much more flattering when it comes to accentuating your natural shape.
What body shape do you think you are? What fashion tips would you share with other women with a similar shape?
This article was brought to you by Ruth Hinds on behalf of Jones and Jones Fashion. J&J is a fashion-forward brand specialising in feminine and sexy pieces in a great range of fabrics and tailoring. From casual day dresses to prom dresses, they’re the go-to retailer for quirky and modern styles.