What styles of clothing best suit my body shape?

Hourglass

The typical hourglass body shape combines a small waist with a full bust and curvy hips and thighs.

Choose:

  • Choose clothing to fit your bust
  • Select soft, draping, stretchy fabrics (including lycra)
  • Go for tailored suits and jackets
  • Belts
  • Scoop, sweetheart & V-necks
  • Open collar shirts
  • Boot leg or straight leg jeans
  • Fitted skirts & dresses
  • Wrap dresses
  • High waisted skirts and trousers
  • Pencil skirts

Avoid:

  • Frilly shirts
  • Pleated skirts
  • Turtle necks
  • Skinny jeans
  • Empire line dresses
  • Sheath dresses
  • 3/4 length pants/cut-offs (unless you are tall and have very slim calves)

Pear-shaped body type

The typical pear body shape usually has a smaller bust measurement than the hips. The widest part of the busy is the bottom and thighs.

Choose:

  • Choose clothing to fit your bottom/hips
  • Go for eye-catching tops
  • Ruffles and detail on top
  • Turtle necks and high neck tops
  • Halter neck tops
  • Block colour skirts and trousers
  • Belts
  • Tuck shirts in
  • Belted coats/jackets
  • A-line dresses and shirts
  • Double-breasted jackets
  • Bootleg jeans
  • Wide leg trousers

Avoid:

  • Frilly, detailed trousers and skirts
  • Pleated skirts
  • Skinny jeans
  • Empire line dresses
  • Sheath dresses
  • 3/4 length pants/cut-offs (unless you are tall and have very slim calves)

Apple-shaped body type

The typical apple body shape usually has roughly equal bust, hip and waist measurements. Most of the weight is carried around the midriff and stomach, with the hip measurement being the largest.  Limbs (legs and arms) generally look slender.

Choose:

  • Choose clothing to fit your bottom/hips
  • Wrap dresses
  • Bootleg jeans
  •  V-necks & open collars
  • Tunic tops
  • Flowing maxi-dresses
  • Midi length skirts
  • Bias cut fabrics, floaty fabrics
  • Long (hip line) jackets
  • Long flowing jackets

Avoid:

  • Belts
  • Midriff tops
  • Short jackets and tops
  •  Mini skirts/short skirts
  • 3/4 length pants/cut-offs (unless you are tall and have very slim calves)
  • Fitted (body con) styles
  • Skinny & straight-leg jeans

Rectangle/Athletic shaped body type

The typical athletic body shape usually has roughly equal bust, hip and waist measurements, with limited definition. You would typically be slender, with a smallish bust and bottom. slim hips and stomach.

Choose:

  • Pleated skirts
  • Skinny jeans
  • Empire line dresses
  • Sheath dresses
  • 3/4 length pants/cut-offs
  • Turtle necks and high neck tops
  • Halter neck tops
  • Stiff, structured fabrics
  • Belted jackets. coats & tops
  • A-line skirts and dresses
  • Sleeveless, strapless & backless dresses

Avoid:

  • Oversized t-shirts
  • Wide pants (including palazzo pants)
  • Chunky shoes
  • Batwing tops
  • V-necks
  • Boxy jackets