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Tips for Dressing Your Body Type

Wearing clothes that are suited to your body type make a world of difference in your overall look.


Most women are aware that certain clothing styles, colours and fits can complement and enhance their body shape. However, knowing just what to purchase or avoid can sometimes be a bit murky. This guide provides a few tips on how to highlight your favourite assets and minimize others.


Bring Out Your Curves


If you have an hour-glass figure show it off with details like crossover panels.

Look for tops that accentuate your waist and maintain the balanced look

of your figure. Wide belts over dresses and shirts show off an hour-glass waist




Enhance Your Bustline


An empire waistline shows off your bust and waistline while drawing

attention away from the hips. Strapless style dresses that dip in the middle

cradle breasts and create the look of a larger bust, while dresses with a slightly

gathered sweetheart style also give the impression of a voluptuous bustline.


Downplay Your Bustline


A softly draped neckline helps minimize a fuller bust area and offers a balanced

look overall. Light colours make a bustline appear larger, so try to choose solid

tops and dresses in darker colours. Prints, stripes and other patterns attract eyes

to your chest. Consider open-collar or V-neck shirts which break up the line from

your shoulder to chest.


Appear Taller Than You Are


Elongate your silhouette with ruching details and stretch fabrications that flatter

your décolleté. Wearing pieces with V-necklines creates a vertical line and draws

attention to your face, in effect making you look taller. Also, choosing outfits of a

single colour helps create a vertical line and the illusion of height.



Create a Straight Line


A shift dress, without a defined waistline, is best suited for women with a boyish

shape. Wearing a cropped-style cardigan over a shift dress accentuates your waist

and gives the dress a feminine look. Women with this body type sometimes like

drawing attention to the waist with belts or dresses that pinch at the mid-section.



Disguise Your Hips


A full skirt minimizes hips and gives shape to your overall silhouette.

Brightly-coloured tops or pieces with a ruffled or detailed neckline draw attention

to your upper body – away from your hips. Heels can also help by elongating

your figure and posture and by evening out your hips.