Most of us have areas of our body that we like to accentuate and other areas we would rather disguise. Let’s embrace our uniqueness, develop our own sense of style according to our body shape, and continually walk out the door looking and feeling fabulous.
Rules of Thumb
Here are some general style rules of thumb for all women, no matter your body shape and personal style.
- Play to your strengths. Identify the key area you want to accentuate and any areas you want to disguise.
- Celebrate and accentuate. The areas you want to accentuate are the areas you can have some fun with patterns, cuts and colour, including lighter colours.
- Hide and disguise. The areas you want to disguise generally require a darker colour with no pattern and definitely no horizontal stripes.
- The perfect amount of skin. Show skin tastefully by emphasising one area at a time. For example, if you go for a short skirt, the legs are the feature. Balance the outfit with a top that doesn’t reveal too much décolletage. And vice versa. Other well balanced examples include a backless halter, a cropped tee paired with a high waisted midi skirt, or a long sleeved mini dress.
- Mix textures. Mixing textures adds interest. Think chunky sweater with leather pants, or a silk cami with denim shorts and a linen jacket.
- Elongate for short. If you are on the shorter side it’s all about elongating the body. Think vertical patterns, v-necklines, dresses on or below the knee, high waisted bottoms, pointed toe shoes and skin tone heels.
- Balance for tall. If you are on the taller side it’s all about balancing proportions and shape. Think block colours, shapely tops, jackets that cinch in at the waist, maxi dresses, A-line skirts, over the knee boots, layers, large bags and accessories.
- Small boobs. If you have a small bust think (mid) v-neck, sweetheart, high neck, halter neck, backless, tops with a ruffles, embellishments, bold prints, horizontal stripes, light or bright colours, and accentuate the smallest part of your waist to create additional shape.
- Big boobs. If you have a large bust think v-neck and scoop neck, if you do wear high necklines consider a statement short necklace to break it up. Think fitted (not clingy) tops and dresses, or if loose fitting (to accommodate the boobs) tuck them in or add a belt to add shape. Think simple fitted one button jackets, and balance your top half by adding shape with A-line or fit and flare skirts/dresses.
No matter your shape, size or height there will be times your beloved outfit needs a nip and a tuck. Get to know a local tailor so the pieces you invest in are oh so perfect for you and your uniqueness.