Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: Boyish

April 27th, 2005

Soften your silhouette by adding the appearance of curves.

Look for…
  • Fitted styles.
  • Styles with embellishments at the bustline (e.g. ruching, pleating).
  • Jackets & Coats
  • Fitted styles.
  • Straight styles.
  • Jackets with nipped in waists.
  • Belted styles.
  • Styles that end at mid-hip.
  • Double breasted styles.
  • Jackets in heavier fabrics and textures.
  • Pocket detailing, especially breast pockets.
  • Peplum jackets.
  • Biker jackets.
  • Bomber jackets.
  • Straight, boxy jackets.
  • Tops
  • Fitted styles.
  • Horizontal detailing.
  • Tops with nipped in waists.
  • Halter Tops.
  • Tops with embellishments at the bustline: shirring or gathers.
  • Shrunken versions of men’s shirts.
  • Empire-waist styles.
  • Narrow V-necks.
  • Flared short sleeves.
  • Tabbed sleeves.
  • Breast pockets.
  • Wide collars and lapels.
  • Pants & Jeans
  • Flat-front, straight-leg trousers.
  • Slight flare at hem.
  • Pleats will help create curves.
  • Wide waistbands and a lower rise pant will visually add curves.
  • Low rise styles.
  • Low-rise, straight leg jean styles work best.
  • Jeans with a fitted derrière create instant curves.
  • Skirts & Dresses
  • Almost any style works.
  • For broad shoulders, avoid very full skirts.
  • Sarong skirts.
  • Bias cut skirts.
  • A-line skirts.
  • Pleating.
  • Slanted pockets for added hip shape.
  • Gathers.
  • Patch pockets.
  • Belts.
  • Thicker waistbands.
  • Shirtdresses.
  • Wrap dresses.
  • Horizontal detailing.
  • Contrast color at bustline.
  • Waist detailing.
Run from…
  • Garments that are cut straight up and down with no waist definition.
  • Jackets & Coats
  • Anything with built in curves.
  • Shoulder pads.
  • Horizontal lines at the shoulder.
  • Raglan, dolman, or kimono sleeves.
  • Tops
  • Horizontal lines at the shoulder.
  • Raglan, dolman, or kimono sleeves.
  • Stiff fabrics.
  • Voluminous, structured tops that you don’t fill out.
  • Pants & Jeans
  • Fitted capris and clamdiggers.
  • Skirts & Dresses
  • Voluminous styles.
  • Excess tailoring.
  • Stiff fabrics.

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