The shops are booming with gorgeous new pieces for the new season, sparkly party dresses, cosy knitwear, it’s almost overwhelmingly difficult to know where to start. What most people don’t know is that there is a way to make it all that little bit easier for yourself: shape dressing. There are four main body types: hourglass, straight, pear and apple, and each one has particular styles and pieces that work better for it.Yes, that’s right, it’s time to refer back to the Trinny and Susannah and Gok Wan days of comparing your body to a fruit, but surprisingly, it does work.
So, take a look in the mirror, and decide which shape is most suited to you, and find your new season wardrobe.
Jacket – River Island, £60.00
Top – River Island, £18.00
You have a pear shaped body if your top half is smaller than your bottom half, you may have curvy hips, a small bust and a more defined waist. The best way to dress a pear shaped body is to aim to even out your body’s proportions, this is best done by layering, just like I’ve done using this gorgeous dusty pink fringed jacket from River Island, perfect for layering over a delicate cami top and a pair of skinny jeans.
Top – Marks & Spencer £49.50
Hourglass figures are defined by their big busts and big thighs and bottoms, hourglass women tend to have defined waists. To emphasize the small waist of an hourglass body, a peplum style top just like this sheer number from Marks and Spencer is ideal for drawing in the waist, plus the v-neck style underneath the sheer material is endlessly flattering for the bust area.
Skirt – River Island, £20.00
The straight body shape does exactly what it says on the tin, you’re most likely to fit into the straight category if you wear the same clothing size on your top and bottom half, if you have a small bust and bottom, and if you have little waist definition. A detailed printed skirt like this tiered one from River Island is great for adding interest and definition to your bottom half, and can also be styled casually for day wear or dressed up to be worn in the evening.
Dress – H&M, £24.99
An apple shaped body tends to have an undefined waist, along with rounded shoulders and some fullness in the stomach area. This retro inspired printed dress by H&M is ideal for an apple shape, the material skims right over the stomach, finishing just above the knee. Wearing prints and patterns tends to look very good on apple shaped figures as they flatter and camouflage the body.