Our monthly con­trib­u­tor Lana el Sa­hely: Dress your body shape

In a time where so many cuts are back in trend, it's im­por­tant to know your body and al­ways dress your shape. You can't sim­ply em­brace all the styles.

U Magazine - - CONTENTS - By Lana el Sa­hely

Our fa­vorite sea­son of the year has fi­nally come. Sum­mer, the time when (al­most) ev­ery­thing in fash­ion is per­mit­ted and this year, specif­i­cally, there are so many styles back in trend. Body shape is sim­ply all about pro­por­tions and in my opin­ion, fash­ion is sim­ply about dress­ing your shape to look at your very best. It's not about your height, it's not about your weight, it's about your shape. A short woman can have the same body shape as her taller friend. We are all unique and our bod­ies too. How­ever, we nar­row body shapes to five gen­eral cat­e­gories. Some­times, you might find your­self some­where in be­tween two dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories. De­ter­mine your body shape so that you can be­gin to con­sider which trends to em­brace and which ones to avoid. It's im­por­tant to be very hon­est with your­self when you as­sess your body.

1. Pear body shape: Your lower body is wider than your up­per body — in other words, your hips are wider than your shoul­ders. Your bot­tom is rounded and your waist is well-de­fined. Your best as­sets: Shoul­ders, torso and flat stom­ach Your fash­ion goals: Em­pha­size your waist and arms, add vol­ume to your shoul­ders and up­per body and min­i­mize your hips.

2. In­verted Tri­an­gle body shape: this body shape fea­tures a broad chest and wide shoul­ders which are large in pro­por­tion to a nar­row waist and hips. Your best as­set: your legs Your fash­ion goals: Ac­cen­tu­ate your lower body while soft­en­ing your shoul­ders and up­per body.

3. Rec­tan­gu­lar body shape: The waist, hip and shoul­der widths are sim­i­lar and are usu­ally on the slim side. Slen­der rec­tan­gles have an ath­letic look about them. Your best as­sets: Your arms and legs — and you don't have to min­i­mize any body fea­tures. Your fash­ion goals: Cre­ate curves and show off slen­der legs and arms.

4. Ap­ple body shape: Most of your weight ac­cu­mu­lates above the hips, which are nar­row. Your back, ribs and shoul­ders are broad, and you may feel wider than other body types. Your best as­set: Your legs! Your fash­ion goals: Elon­gate the torso, show off your legs and use fash­ion to cre­ate the il­lu­sion of a waist.

5. Hour­glass body shape: Your shoul­ders and hips are sim­i­lar in pro­por­tion and set off by a tiny waist. Your best as­sets: Curves, curves, curves! Your fash­ion goals: Show off your curves!

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