Tuesday 21 November 2017

What She Wears: Dressing for your body shape this summer

Ann-Marie Proudfoot

The experience of shopping for the perfect dress can be a nightmare. How many times have you traipsed through the shops for wedding or summer event dresses and come away thinking nothing suits you? You are not alone!

Here are some key points about your body shape which should make the process run a little smoother and maybe even make it fun:

The pear shape

Characteristics - Fuller on the rear and hips and smaller on top

Goal for your shape – To balance out your proportions and draw the eye upwards

You should go for dresses with detail on top or strapless to focus attention on your upper body. A-line and or full skirts will help skim over your hip area. Waisted dresses are a key shape for you to emphasis your smaller waist. Remember to have some fun with strapless and detailing on your top half.

The apple shape

Characteristics - Full bust, waist and upper back slimming down towards the legs

Goal for your shape – To accentuate your best bits and create some shape to your waist while balancing the torso.

Empire line and babydoll dresses will create balance to your body shape and help disguise any lumps and bumps around the mid area. You should also invest in a well fitting bra to give a good shape to your bust. Remember to show off your great legs!

The strawberry/triangular shape

Characteristics- Broad shoulders, fuller bust and narrower hips

Goal for your shape – To add balance and shape to your hips and legs and draw the eye downwards.

You should opt for dresses with flared hemlines to help add balance and proportion to your shape. Waist and hips detail draw the eye downwards.

Remember you are lucky to be able to be more adventurous on the bottom half so go ahead with detailed hemlines and eye catching footwear.

The hourglass

Characteristics - Curvaceous with fuller bust and hips and defined waist.

Goal for your shape – Show off your natural curves and accentuate your waist

Ensure you have a good fitting bra to support your full bust. Wraps and dresses with fitted waists will work really well for you figure. A small draped sleeve will give you good coverage if you have larger biceps. Keep prints small, larger prints will overwhelm your great shape.

Remember you have great curves so embrace your feminine form and show them off.

The slim and straight shape

Characteristics - Straighter figure top and bottom

Goal for your shape -To create curves, curves, curves!

Bias cut dresses work well for you, chiffon and draping add a softness to your shape. Fuller skirts and detailing on the hip or bust area will give you a curvier effect.

Remember, because your figure is so balanced you don’t have to focus on one area.

If you are thinking these shapes don’t really sound like you, remember, many people are on the border between shapes, so you could have a few characteristics from several types. You are unique after all!

Take a good look at yourself in a full length mirror to see what shape you are most like. No cheating or you could end up with a dress disaster!

So get into your shape and pick up this summer’s must have.

The original article appeared on WhatSheWears.ie . Ann-Marie Proudfoot writes for WhatSheWears.ie, a celebrity and catwalk style website for real life.

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