SHOP WITHOUT WASTING TIME Dressing for Your Shape
Make buying clothes a lot faster and easier by knowing which cuts, fabrics and fit flatter.
APPLE You have a thicker waist or a larger midsection. Wear Scoop or V-necks and plunging necklines will lengthen your torso, and draw the eye away from your middle. Wrap dresses, slightly loose tops that fall below your hips, high-waisted pants and flared or A-line skirts will hide bulges. Avoid Clothes with clingy fabrics, skirts and dresses with pleats or gathers at the waist, cropped tops and hipster pants. PEAR You have wide hips, thick thighs or a heavy bottom. Wear Fitted dresses or tops will streamline your silhouette and downplay a bulkier lower body – the fit-and-flare is perfect. A-line skirts and pants with a slight flare at the legs will also balance your silhouette from the waist down. Avoid Bottoms with bright colours or bold prints, pants in skinny cuts and tops that end at the hips. HOURGLASS You have a full bust and curvy hips, but a slim and narrow waist. Wear Fitted and figure-skimming clothes in soft, stretchy fabrics to highlight your curves. Try highwaisted bottoms, snug tops that end slightly below your hips, pencil skirts and trousers with a slight flare at the legs. Avoid Boxy cuts, hipster pants or bottoms in skinny cuts and elaborate details at the hips. BOYISH You have a lanky body with a straight torso and narrow hips. Wear Clothes that give you curves. Think ruffles and pleats at the waist or bust, and bold prints and cuts like the fit-and-flare. Create a waist by cinching a belt over a loose dress or top, and give your bottom a lift with pants that come with a large or elaborate pocket at the back. Avoid Baggy clothing and vertical stripes.
Sizing up Clothes Fitting room queue too long? You can buy the perfect garment without trying it on. DESIGN: Avoid excessive details or bold prints – you would have to try on these pieces to know if they suit you. FABRIC: Opt for crisp, woven materials in tailored designs – they flatter everyone. FIT: No matter what your shape, choosing a close fit ensures your garment won’t overwhelm you. Baggy clothes make you look bulkier. CUT: You can’t go wrong with simple silhouettes like the A-line or fit-and-flare as they conceal most figure flaws.
Boyish: The pleats and bold graphic on this skirt adds curves. Jersey skirt, price unavailable,
from Dorothy Perkins
Pear and hourglass: This dress is cut to conceal bulges and flatter curves. Brocade dress, $109, from Zara
For all shapes: Fitted just below the waist, this pair of pants has an extremely
forgiving loose cut. Cotton-blend trousers, price unavailable, from Topshop