Find Your Perfect Silhouette!

Hello Ladies!

Today’s topic will focus on finding identifying your silhouette (body type) and the different styles and articles of clothing you can wear to flatter your body type. With different garments or accessories, you can also change the appearance of your natural body type, be creating the illusions of more volume or less volume in certain areas. I know this may be intimidating for some women, but there’s nothing to be afraid of! You’d be surprised at how one garment can make you look and feel completely different ! We are here to learn, try new things, and feel more confident! Remember, these are only suggestions. Ultimately, it’s up to you to wear what you like and what you feel most comfortable in. This is a perfect topic for our first post since it will introduce you (or refresh your memory) of certain looks that would work great with your body type! We understand that what we feature in future blogs will not be for everyone. Hopefully, this will help you take our inspirations and likings, and tailor them to best fit your body and personality! Let’s get started!

1. Rectangle – The bust and hips are balanced. The waist is slightly smaller than the bust and hips.

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You have the most common body type! Over 45% of American women have a Straight body shape. This means that your hips and bust are balanced and your waist is not very defined. Your lower legs are always shapely and one of your best assets.

The key to dressing a Rectangular body type is to proportionally dress the top and bottom of your body while enhancing your waist. If you are comfortable doing so, you can wear form fitting clothing and create a waist by adding a belt. However, to create a more curvaceous effect add volume (or the illusion of volume) proportionally to your upper and lower body by mixing and matching different pieces.

Suggestions:

  • Tops: Try tops with nipped or belted waists. Embellishments around the bust and shoulder will add volume, as well as tops that are full, rushed, or flowing around the bust. Off the shoulder, boat-neck, V, and U necks will add curves to your upper half and create a more defined waist.

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  • Bottoms: Go for pants with full or moderately flared legs. Adding details such as whiskering, embellished pockets, or flap pockets will create the illusion of more volume around the bottom. Pants should have mid to low-rise waists  with wide waistbands. Look for bottoms that add curves to your lower half while creating an hourglass effect.

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2. Pear Body Shape (Triangle) – The hips are larger than the bust, and the waist gradually slopes out to the hips.

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As a Pear Body type (sometimes called triangle), your hips are larger than your bust and you have a nicely defined waist. You have an elegant neck and proportionately slim arms and shoulders.

The key to dressing a pear body type is to enhance and add volume (or the illusion of volume) to your upper body while emphasizing your waist and de-emphasizing your lower body to create a balanced, hourglass appearance.

Suggestions:

  • Tops: Try tops with nipped or belted waists. Embellishments around the bust and shoulder will add volume, as well as tops that are full, rushed, or flowing around the bust. Off the shoulder, boat-neck, V, and U necks will also flatter your silhouette. Also, try bright colors and bold patterns. Look for tops that will will help balance your lower half while accentuating your defined waist.

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  • Bottoms: Go for pants that fall straight from the widest part of your hip. Avoid details such as whiskering and embellished pockets. Also, try A-Line skirts that are lightly gathered that don’t add volume. Keep bottoms dark  with clean lines and stitching. These styles should minimize your lower half.

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3. Apple Body Type (Inverted Triangle) – The bust is large, the hips are narrow and the waist is not very well defined.

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As an apple body type, you have a proportionally larger upper body. You have broad shoulders, and ample bust and a wide back. Your hips are slim and waist is subtle.

The key to dressing an Inverted Triangle body type is to balance your broader shoulders, chest and back with your narrower lower body to create more of an hourglass effect. This is achieved by choosing clothes that add curves to your hips and bottom while creating a more defined waist.

Suggestions: 

  • Tops: Wear narrow v-necks and tops with banding or nipping at the waist. Keep jackets and shirts tailored. Use dark colors. These styles will accentuate your waist and help balance your bust with your hips.

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  • Bottoms: Go for pants with embellished or flap-style pockets. Try styles such as boot cut or wide legs. Full or A-line skirts will help even out your hips and your shoulders. These styles will enhance your lower body and help balance your upper body.

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4. Hourglass Body Type – The bust and hips are basically the same size and your waist is well defined.

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Lucky you! I’m jealous! Your bust and hips are well balanced and you have a beautifully defined waist. You have gently rounded shoulders that align nicely with your hips. Your waist is obvious and gracefully curves out to your hips. You most likely have a rounded bottom and beautiful side as well as front profile. Your upper body is proportionate in length to your legs which are shapely.

The key to dressing an Hourglass body type is to proportionally dress the top and bottom of your body while accentuating your waist. Wide belts over shirts and dresses are a great way to show off your waist. You can create an even more curvaceous effect by proportionally adding a bit of volume to your upper and lower body, but always try to maintain balance since it is your best asset. You have great legs so feel free to play with skirt lengths.

Suggestions:

  • Tops: Try wearing belted tops or tops with banding or nipping at the waist. Tailored shirts and jackets, as well as form-fitting tops will help keep your shape balanced.

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  • Bottoms: Lucky you! You can wear most any bottoms as long as you pair them with the proper top!

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-Vanessa Vampz

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