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Tubular? How to Dress for Your Body Type

tubeFor the last post in the “How to Dress for Your Body Type” series, I will be looking at the tubular body figure, with tips on what to wear and what to avoid.

Am I Tubular?

Tubular body types are defined as slim to thin, and are generally below average weight. You have straight body lines, are angular and bony, and have few to no obvious curves. Your shoulders, waist, and hips are similar in width, and your body appears balanced.

How To Create Curves?

Ideally, you want to minimize your thinness and body angularity. As a result, you can pretty much emphasize any area you want, as well as lead attention wherever you like. You want to fill out your body above and below the waist. To add volume to your thin frame, choose horizontal details, like bold belts, stripes, yokes and epaulets. Another easy way to add volume is to layer your clothing. Look for bulky or highly textured fabrics, like knits, velours, and tweeds. Wearing different colors on the top and bottom will break up your thinner body shape. Choosing swing or peplum style jackets will add volume to your narrow hips.

When it comes to bottoms, flared or gathered skirts are a great option for the tubular body shape. Look for pants or jeans that have flap pockets, cuffs or any other type of design detail.

What To Avoid?

Avoid too many vertical design lines, as this will only further elongate your frame and make you appear thinner. Try not to wear clothes that are too tight, as it will accentuate your thinness. Also, do try to avoid wearing clothes that are too baggy, since you will look lost.

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Apple? How to Dress for Your Body Type

appleFor the fifth part in this series, I will be focusing on the apple body type, as well as giving you tips on what to wear and what not to wear.

Am I An Apple?

Apple body types carry most of their weight in the torso area, meaning you have a wider midriff and an undefined waist. You have an average to large bust and wider shoulders. Your legs are slim and you have a flat butt. You have a top heavy appearance and your overall body lines are rounded.

How To Create Balance?

Ideally, you want to lead attention inward at the waist and up towards your face. This can easily be achieved by wearing V-necks, as this type of neckline will not only draw attention to your bust and face, but will also elongate your upper body. Think of wearing dark colors like black, brown, grey and navy as a monochromatic look, which will make you appear slimmer. Look for tops, dresses, sweaters and shirts that emphasize the thinnest part of your waist. For instance, empire styles are a good option for apples, as it will camouflage your rounder tummy yet emphasize your thinner areas. Look for tops that are fitted, as well as tops that fall below the hip area. When it comes to jackets and coats, do look for single-breasted styles, as they will flatter your curvier upper body.

In terms of bottoms, look for flared, straight or wide leg pants and jeans. All of these styles will help to balance your body. A-line and circle skirts are also great options for the apple shaped body. And, as always, do consider wrap tops and dresses, as they will skim over your body and create the illusion of a waist.

Things To Avoid

Try to avoid shoulder details, such as shoulder pads, wide lapels or horizontal collars. Avoid front closure styles, pleats, trouser pockets and bold belts. Stay away from baggy clothes and tops that are too tight, as both will only make you appear larger. Lastly, avoid double-breasted jackets and coats, as this style will add extra volume to your fuller upper body.

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Hourglass? How to Dress for Your Body Type

hourglassIn this fourth installment in the series, I will be looking at the hourglass body shape and giving you tips on what to wear and what to avoid.

Am I An Hourglass?

You are defined as having an hourglass body type if your bust and hips are about the same size and your waist is much smaller. You have a larger bust and possibly shoulders. You have a wider back but do have a small waist. You have larger hips and butt, and your overall body lines are rounded. Your body appears balanced, and emphasizes your full-rounded bust, hips and butt.


What To Wear?

If you would like to minimize your bust and hip fullness, do so by emphasizing your shoulder and neckline area by leading the attention up toward your face. You can also choose to slightly fill out your waist, as this will also minimize your curvier areas. When choosing tops, look for anything that is belted or that wraps, as they will highlight your best asset: your very defined waistline. Scoop and V necklines are great options, drawing the attention up towards your face. When choosing jackets, look for those that end right above or below your butt. Again, all belted jackets and coats are a great option for your body type.

When it comes to skirts, look for A-line, pencil and circle styles. And don’t forget, pencil skirts are a great way to show off your natural curve, especially when worn with a shirt tucked in at the waist! Look for flared, bootcut and wide leg pants or jeans. The slight flare at the leg opening will balance your curves.

What To Avoid?

Try to avoid high necklines, such as turtlenecks, as they will draw attention away from your waist. Do avoid puffy sleeves, breast pockets or anything else that will visually add volume to your larger bust. Avoid tops that are loose-fitting around your waist and empire dresses, as both styles will hide your defined curves.

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Inverted Triangle? How to Dress for Your Body Type

inverted-triangleFor the third post in this series, I will be looking at the inverted triangle body type with tips on how to determine if this is your figure, as well as examples on what to wear and what to avoid.

Am I An Inverted Triangle?

The inverted triangle silhouette typically has wider shoulders, and narrower hips and thighs. Your have an average to larger bust, a wider back and a larger waist. You have a flat butt and slim legs. Generally speaking, you have rounded upper body lines and straight lower body lines, making you look top heavy.

How To Create Balance?

Seeing as though you have wider shoulders, you want to minimize your upper torso to create balance with your narrower hips and thighs. An easy way to achieve this is to consider wearing darker colors on top and lighter colors on the bottom. Focus will be on your lower half, therefore creating balance and proportion with your wider upper half.

Halter, sleeveless and tops with wider straps are a good way to give the impression of narrower shoulders and focus the attention inwards. Creating a center-body focal point with a scarf or necklace, and choosing raglan styles to create sloping lines are other ways to minimize your wider shoulders. Choose tops with low to medium-low necklines. To enhance an inverted triangle’s narrower hips and thighs, look for peplum jackets or swing styles to add hipline fullness, therefore creating proportion with your straighter upper body lines. Wear belted coats that flare from the waist down, but make sure there is minimal detail on top.

Flared or gathered skirts in somewhat crisp fabrics will add needed volume to your narrow bottom. A-line and full skirts are other options to be considered as well. In terms of pants, look for flared styles as the wider bottoms will balance your wider shoulders/narrow hips and thighs. Backside pockets are a great way to add extra volume to your flat butt, as are cargo pockets. Look for dresses, pants and coats that have side pockets; it will instantly enhance your bottom. Do look for dresses that have a fuller hemline, that cinch you at the waist, or that flare out from the waist down.

What To Avoid?

In terms of tops, try to avoid puffed sleeves, wide ruffled collars, strapless styles and small straps, as all these styles will only accentuate your wider shoulders. Avoid shoulder details, such as epaulets and shoulder pads. Avoid skinny jeans and pants. Be sure to not wear pants or skirts with that are baggy below the butt (i.e. harem pants), as they will further flatten your backside. Do have pants and skirts altered for a better fit.

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Triangular? How to Dress for Your Body Type

triangleIn this second installment, I will be focusing on the triangular body type with tips on how to determine if this is your figure, as well as examples on what to wear and what to avoid.

Am I Triangular?

The triangular body type, also known as pear, is the most common of all shapes. Typically, your shoulders are narrower than your hips, thighs and butt. You have an average bust size, narrow back and smaller waist. You have straight upper body lines and your lower body is curvy, therefore making you look bottom heavy.


How To Create Balance?

Ultimately, you want to minimize your lower body and emphasize your upper torso. This can be achieved by wearing darker colors on the bottom and brighter colors on top. By broadening your shoulders, you will balance your hips, so look for tops with wide collars, bateau, cowl, or square necklines, or tops with puffy sleeves. Draw attention up towards your face with necklaces, scarves and earrings. Wearing epaulets is another way for you to broaden your shoulders. Look for jackets that fall above the hips, and coats with belts to define your waist.

In terms of bottoms, look for darker-colored pants, skirts and jeans. As noted in a previous post, bootcut pants or jeans are the best fit for the triangular body type, as the slightly wider leg opening provides balance to your curvier hips and thighs. Look for A-line and flared skirts or skirts with pleats in the center front, which will draw attention away from your fuller hips.  In terms of dresses, look for empire waist and wrap dresses, these will look great on you.

What to Avoid?

Try to avoid bold patterns and lighter colors on the bottom. Stay away from any form of detail at the hip-line, whether it be flap pockets on pants or jeans, side pockets, or backside embellishments. Do try to avoid pencil and full skirts, as well as skinny pants. When looking for pants, do not wear ones that fit your waist and end up being too tight around your hips and thighs. Instead, opt for ones that fit the hips and have the waist altered.

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Rectangular? How to Dress for Your Body Type

testIn a six part series I will be highlighting how to dress for your particular body type with pointers on how to determine your figure type, and what to wear and not to wear.

Am I Rectangular?

Rectangular body shapes typically have few curves, meaning that your shoulders, hips and thighs are all similar in width, and you have no defined waist. You have a small or average bust size, and your overall body lines are straight (no curves). Does this sound like your body shape?

How To Create Curves?

Your goal is to wear tops that create the illusion of curves. Wrap tops are a great way to draw attention to your waist, and V-neck tops are another option to consider in that they elongate your neckline and emphasize your bust. Choosing tops with embellishments, such as beading, ruffles or lace will also create the appearance of volume where you need it most. Look for jackets that cinch you at the waist, as well as peplum style jackets that will instantly give the illusion of hips to help you add curves to your straight body lines.

When it comes to bottoms, your best options are flared or bootcut pants or jeans. A-line skirts are universally flattering so look to include this as one of your wardrobe essentials. Other skirt options include pencil, which will hug and accentuate the few curves you have, as well as flared or fluted skirts that will add dimension to your lower body.

What to Avoid?

You will want to stay away from straight cut pants or jeans, baggy clothing as this will hide your few curves, and bottoms that have a high waist.

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