Different women, different figure types and eventually different figure flaws, but the secret lies down in camouflaging the body flaws in a way that they emerge as a biggest strength in complementing the silhouette. Check out this guide to flatter your figure type and accentuate the features you really want to flaunt.
Know your body type.
It all begins with understanding your figure type. If you know which category you fall into, you can easily know where to aim at i.e. what to emphasize and what to de-accentuate.
If your figure is straight up and down, somewhat resembling like a boyish figure, bust and hips are proportionately same sized and have an undefined waistline, then you have a rectangle shaped figure. A female with rectangle body shape also have fairly smaller bust, though it is not necessary and their legs and arms are proportionally slim.
A rectangle body shape is also known by some praiseworthy names such as an athletic body shape or long and lean figure. Some famous female rectangle shaped celebrities include Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Gwen Stefani and Cameron Diaz. Luckily, if you are a rectangle lady, you don’t have to struggle hard with your body challenges as there are rarely any to be noticed. And with right clothing, you can easily create an illusion of a refined look.
What to really accentuate?
Since a rectangle shaped figure has a slightly boyish frame, the main style aim is to define the curves. Defining your waistline and creating curvature on the top and on the bottom is the right approach while dressing. Here are some style tips to create some illusion to define a proper waistline and bust line.
The Upper Half.
1. Layering technique.
The basic rule when dressing for your figure type is to layer your dress up. This will add dimension to your silhouette. For instance, if you are wearing a tee or a shirt, you can toss over a jacket, coat or trench coat to adequately define your waist and bust.
2. The Leaner Effect.
To create a leaner effect, it is necessary to wear something that falls slightly below your waistline. A long and structured jacket will be a great option to offer more clarity to your waist line. Straight sheath dresses, wrap dress and shirt dresses will also look equally good on your figure type as they will help add volume to your bust.
3. Go for higher necklines.
Always choose higher necklines if you have a long neck and smaller bust line. There are many options available for you that range from crew, slath, mandarin, halter, funnel shirt, to scoop-neck and even sweetheart tops. If you are looking for an option to show off some skin, you can try out dresses with back cleavage or sleeveless arms and shoulders. However, when wearing a lower neckline, ensure to layer it up with a cami to counterbalance the depth of the plunge. You can even try a simple button down shirt to help create curves. To flatter your medium sized chest, wear tops with collars and details.
4. Define your assets.
With the smaller or medium sized busts, your main focus should be on defining your bust size. For this, always wear a perfectly fitted bra. The rightly shaped bra will accentuate your curves and will lift up your bust line in a more feminine way. Even if you are slightly flat chested, don’t forget to wear bra as whatever size your chest have, it will bring only out more curves there.
The lower half.
1. Skin tight bottoms.
The easy way to develop the curve illusion around your bottom is by choosing tight (but, not uncomfortable) jeans or skirts or pants. Fortunately for you, skinny jeans are in trend this fall, so you could try them out to flatter your bottom. Boot cut slacks and cigarette pants will be equally generous for your body type.
2. Create volume around your bottom.
You can create volume by pulling of combat pants with cargo pockets as they will tend to add dimension and volume to your lower half. You can also choose high waist harem paints, slouchy pants that sharpen at the leg or a knee length pencil skirt. A-line skirts and trumpet skirts will also work on your curve and you will definitely end up looking an hour glass figure.
3. Accessorize it up.
Simply, tuck in your blouse inside your pants or skirts and accessorize it up with a detailed belt and scarves around the neck to turn up your boyish frame into an ultra-feminine look. Heavier and detailed belts will draw your eyes around your bottom and will also help in emphasizing your waist.
Things to avoid.
Although, you know what you need to follow to bring the best out your body, there are certain things that you must not try on, so as to redeem yourself from some serious fashion fuax pas.