Thursday, June 23, 2011

Apples or Pears?

Because not all women are born with a very well proportioned body, I want to feature some styles that are fitting for some specific body types. If you are bottom-heavy or top-heavy, then this feature is for you.  Be your own stylist and never allow those extra pounds to keep you from looking good and flattering.  Now take a closer look at yourself (while stark naked) in a full-length mirror and determine your own body type.
Flatter a Bottom-Heavy and Top-Light Figure (Pear Shaped Figure)
  • Put more focus upwards.  Look for flattering necklines and bright hues to accentuate the upper body. Other great options for the top half are prints, stripes, plaids, and floral.  Keep the lower half in solid and dark colors.
  • For fitted suits, go for fitted jackets that end down to the widest portion with structured shoulders.  Opt for form fitting bottoms that are not clingy and not tight.
  • Wearing jeans can flatter your figure. Go for the boot-cut leg opening that slightly flares downwards.  This creates a striking balance to wide hips and full thighs.  Choose dark washed jeans and avoid embellishments at the back pockets.  Pair it with high heels for an ultra flattering and thinner look.
  • For dresses, opt for full skirts with a fit and flare silhouette.  Go for strapless dresses to draw attention to your upper half.  Other option for those with a lot fuller hips and thighs is to go for the empire-waist, or raised-waist dresses.

Flatter a Top-Heavy and Bottom-Light Figure (Apple Shaped Figure)
  • Think minimalist for the upper half and accentuate your bottom half.  Avoid wide and high necklines. Go for V-necks, scoop and sweetheart necklines to give out a lengthening effect for the top portion.  Avoid breast pockets and heavy embellishments around the chest area.  Keep tops in solid and dark colors.
  • Give your bottom extra emphasis with flared cuts and A-line skirts for a more balancing act. Choose flat front flared pants and skirts that are low rise.  High waist bottoms only draws attention to your large chest area. 

Whichever is your body type, there’s always a dress, a suit, a pair of pants that can flatter your figure.  So play up with your best assets and down play with the problem areas.


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