Dressing for your body type

Dressing for Your Body Type

Every woman deserves to feel beautiful in a dress; but not every woman looks like a runway model. Whether you have short legs, curvy hips, a straight waist, a flat chest or whatever your body type may be, the guidelines below can help you determine what your body type is and how to find the most flattering, stylish clothing for your body.

The “hourglass” body type: beautifully curvy. You have broad shoulders and/or a voluptuous chest, a smaller waist and gorgeous full hips.

· Style icon: Marilyn Monroe

· Style tips: Look for pieces that accentuate your curves and have a fitted waist. Fitted

· Clothing, Strait skirts and belted waists are best for you.

The “apple” body type: lovely limbs. You have thinner legs and arms, accompanied by fullness through the ribs and stomach.

· Style icon: Catherine Zeta-Jones

· Style tips: Look for clothing that accentuates your legs and arms.

· Clothing Loose-fitting waists, empire waists, short sleeves and knee-length skirts are best for you.

The “pear” body type: wonderous waist. You have a thin waist, narrow ribs and shoulders, with full, womanly hips.

· Style icon: Beyonce

· Style tips: Look for clothing with wide collars and details around the bust to balance your lower body.

· Clothing: A-line skirts, flared skirts, fitted waists and belts worn at waistline are best for you.

The “pencil” body type: wonderfully willowy. You are thin, with a straight waist and narrow shoulders and hips.

· Style icon: Audrey Hepburn

· Style tips: Look for clothing with detail at the bust and hips.

· Clothing: Puff sleeves, full skirts, ruching at hips and belts at waist give the appearance of a curvier figure.

The “womanly” body type: ultra feminine. You have a fullness through your core, arms and legs.

· Style icon: Queen Latifah

· Style tips: Look for clothing that draws attention to your face and elongates your silhouette.

· Clothing: Vertical stripes, collars and details at the neck, dark colors, flared skirts and well-fitted clothing are best for you.

The “athletic” body type: fantastically fit. You have broad shoulders, muscular legs and arms, and a flat stomach.

· Style icon: Venus Williams

· Style tips: Look for fitted clothing and clothing that drapes well over muscular figures.

· Clothing: Fabrics with stretch, knee length skirts and feminine details like puff sleeves and ruffles are best for you.

Being ‘short’ or ‘tall’ doesn’t determine your body type (e.g. you could be short and “curvy” or tall and “pear”) but you should approach your wardrobe differently. Here are a few tips in how to dress for your height.

If you are short: you are perfectly petite. You are smaller than the average woman.

· Style icon: Natalie Wood

· Style tips: Look for clothing that lengthens your silhouette.

· Clothing: Vertical stripes, solid colors, fitted clothing and empire waists are best for you.

If you are tall: you are superbly statuesque. You are taller than the average woman.

· Style icon: Katherine Hepburn

· Style tips: Look for clothing with belts or ties at the waist to break up silhouette.

· Clothing: Your height is complimented with patterns and feminine details such as ruffles and sashes.

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