SHOP WITH­OUT WAST­ING TIME Dress­ing for Your Shape

Make buy­ing clothes a lot faster and eas­ier by know­ing which cuts, fab­rics and fit flat­ter.

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Beauty News -

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

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