By Chi de Jesus
I’ve simplified this article to help you go through your wardrobe and find that piece and focused on the four usual body shapes – the rest would be adjusting to the different standard shapes. This could also be a good basis for how you can adapt to the trends or even create a signature look that’s uniquely yours.
THE PEAR BODY TYPE (or the triangle)
Key points: narrow shoulder, wider hips, fuller rear
Strategy: Elongate, draw attention to the top – brighter colours on top, darker colours for bottoms
Do’s: dainty or fun tops, interesting necklines (V, cowl, scoop), waist-length or mid-thigh jackets, below-the-knee skirts, perfect fit dark jeans, and layered necklaces to draw attention to the face.
Don’ts: bright coloured overly fitted jeans and distressed jeans that call attention to the bottom part
THE HOURGLASS-SHAPED BODY TYPE
Key points: well-defined waist, fuller bust, hips, and thighs
Strategy: define the waist, choose body-hugging silhouettes, balance
Do’s: form-fitting jersey knits, wrap tops, elbow-length sleeves, bomber jackets, fit top and flare bottom dresses, high-waisted skinny jeans, fitted jumpsuits, skinny waist-belts
Don’ts: boxy silhouettes, straight skirts, stiff fabric, low-waisted skirts and if you love ruffles, make sure it’s even from top to bottom.
THE APPLE-SHAPED BODY TYPE (or inverted triangle)
Key points: no well-defined waistline, shoulders are broader than your hips
Strategy: focus on the peripherals – amazing legs, arms, and the bust, volume on the hips
Do’s: A-line silhouettes, flowy tunics, relaxed silhouettes, V-neck, strapless or sleeveless tops, vests, mini skirts, vertical and diagonal stripes, skinny jeans, boot cut or cigarette pants, bracelets, and rings
Don’ts: never jersey, horizontal stripes, body-hugging silhouettes, cropped tops and round or high necklines, hot pants, shapeless garments, high rise jeans, sabrinas
THE RECTANGULAR SHAPED BODY TYPE (or the straight/athletic)
Key points: not curvy, hips and shoulders have the same measure or evenly distributed including the waist – usually called the “boyish frame”
Strategy: keep the volume either on the top or the bottom
Do’s: halters, racerback styles, strapless tops, embellished necklines, tank tops, belted tops, flowy outerwear, A-line cuts, statement earrings, rings
Don’ts: jackets that end at the waist, boxy clothes, square necks, fitted sleeves, extreme flare pants
Did you get the general idea? Ready to go through your wardrobe? Take a photo add a caption and send it here! We’ll feature you in our next article. Happy styling!
Source: The Australian Filipina