Dress Your Body Shape
“The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.”- Hubert de Givenchy
By wearing the right clothes for your body type, you can accentuate your best features and conceal whatever you want to, creating a proportional body shape that is pleasing to the eye. By just picking the right clothing you’ll make full thighs, wide hips, or a full torso look less noticeable.
While Hourglass Body Shape is considered the ideal body shape in fashion because of its balanced proportions, all forms are beautiful; the secret is to create the illusion of a balanced body so that the eyes travel smoothly throughout the body with no prominent point that ‘disturbs’ the eye.
- Choose clothes and accessories that accentuate your proportional body figure by using your waist as a focal point.
- Accessorize with belts so that the naturally smaller waist is showcased.
- Make sure to keep your top relatively simple and smooth to complement your feminine Hourglass body shape.
- Avoid anything stiff and that makes you look boxy.
- Choose clothes to wear close to your body, baggy and shapeless styles do nothing to flatter your look.
- A-line cut or wrap dresses are a perfect match for the hourglass-shaped body.
- Wrap style garment is your body shape’s closet essential: it adds a flirty touch to your waist as well as tailoring your midriff without making it look boxy.
- Wear darker colors on top, lighter colors on the bottom.
- “V” necks elongate the upper body.
- If wearing loose clothing that falls from the shoulders, belt at the waist to define a waistline.
- Gathered skirts and flared hems look great on your body type.
- Wear wide legged trousers to create visual balance below the waist.
- You will look great with halter tops as well.
- Use accessories and jewelry to visually elongate the torso (scarves, long necklaces, etc.).
- Define your waist with belts or wrapped sashes.
- Wrap styles such as wrap cardigans and sweaters help tailor your midriff and define your waist.
- Wear clothes that visually adds more weight to your shoulder and bust area and brings attention to your upper body: use shoulder pads and lighter colors on top, darker colors on the bottom
- Wear tops with pleats, epaulets, ruffles, patch pockets.
- Wear simple and straight or slightly tapered pants without pleats or gathers at the waist.
- Draw the eye upward with colorful accessories worn around the neckline and shoulder area.
- Avoid adding visual emphasis to the hip area
- Tops, sweaters and jackets that extend either above or below the widest point of your hips and bottom
- Aim to create a waistline with your tops and to emphasize the hips and legs and accentuate the correct buttocks line
- Wear fitted jackets with defined shoulders (pads, lines, seams, etc.).
- Wear wrap dresses with waist accents to help create the illusion of a waistline.
- Wear gathers and pleats at the waist.
- Pants should be fitted with a slight flare at the bottom.
- Jackets/ coats, slightly tight with a clearly outlined shoulder line and flared down to mid-hip or just below the knee
- Wide Belts are essentials in a Rectangle body shape’s closet
- Choose “V” necklines and vertical design lines (draped scarves, long necklaces, etc.). They are flattering on your body frame and making your torso look slimmer at the same time
- Structured shoulders to keep the eyes on and above your bust
- Floral prints work well as long as they are medium in scale, not tiny and not oversized.
- Create waist definition with visual accents such as seams, darts, and lines.
- Dark solid colors on the inside, lighter colors on the outside (like a two-piece suit with a blouse underneath) work best as alternate outfits.
- Wear skirts only if they fall past the knee and with the same color hose and shoes.
- Wear bold accessories above the bust-line (pins, chokers, etc.).
- Avoid wide waistbands, cropped pants, and oversized dresses.