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Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: Boyish

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.

Add comment April 27th, 2005

Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: Curvy

Elongate your figure while featuring your waist.
Showcase your curves.


Look for…

 

  • Garments that drape nicely over your curves.
  • Jackets & Coats
  • Styles with simple lines.
  • Semi-fitted styles that just cover your derrière.
  • Belted styles.
  • Single breasted jackets.
  • Closure (button or otherwise) just below the bustline.
  • Vertical lines through seams and/or lapels.
  • Snug fit jean jackets.
  • Snug fit, high collared biker jacket.
  • Bomber jacket worn open.
  • Single breasted boxy styles.

  • Tops
    • Semifitted styles that end below the belt and can be tucked in.
    • Styles with bust darts.
    • Drapey fabrics.
    • Tops with fitted waists.
    • Shoulder-baring tops.
    • Collarbone-baring tops.
    • Tops that subtly reveal cleavage.
    • Wrap tops.
    • Deep V-necks.
    • Small collars.
    • Narrow lapels.
    • Pants & Jeans
    • Classic flat-front straight-leg pants that rest at your natural waistline.
    • Side or back zip pants (invisible zipper) reduce bulk and can be more flattering.
    • Subtle flare at ankle is flattering on taller women.
    • Wide pants can be tapered slightly at calf-height on heavy women.
    • Stretch jeans are perfect for showcasing curves.
    • For a look that’s less form-fitting, try straight-leg jeans one size up.
    • Skirts & Dresses
    • Slitted skirts and dresses that showcase your legs.
    • Bottoms that narrow at your knees.
    • A-line skirts.
    • Tapered skirts.
    • Flat front styles with side or back zipper.
    • For a thin waistline, show your waist with a belt or prominent waistline.
    • For a thicker waistline, look for dropped-waist styles.
    • Wrap dresses.
    • Semifitted styles.
    • Shift dresses.
    • A-line dresses.
    • Shirtdresses.
    • Medium-weight knits and drapey fabrics are flattering.
    • Shawl collars.
    • Keyhole necklines.
    • Strapless necklines.
    • Asymmetrical necklines.
    • Suits
    • Fluid fabrics.
    • Fitted jackets and skirts.
    • Swimsuits
    • Wrapped styles.
    • All-over patterns.
    • Side shirring.
    • Dark side insets.
    • Underwire bra-tops.
    • Halter necklines.
    • High-cut legholes.

    Run From…

    • Oversized clothes.
    • Overly tight clothing.
    • Clothes that are cut straight up and down, without regards to curves.
    • Horizontal lines at the fullest part of your hips.
    • Jackets & Coats
    • Jackets without waist definition (e.g. those that are loosely buttoned at the waistline).
    • Styles that end at the fullest part of your hips.
    • Rolled lapels.
    • Cropped styles.
    • High necklines.
    • Jean jacket with pocket detailing.
    • Tops
    • Styles that end at the fullest part of your hips.
    • Cropped styles.
    • Overembellishment.
    • Extremely thin fabrics.
    • Oversized tops.
    • Anything too tight.
    • Pants & Jeans
    • Cuffed pants.
    • Very tapered styles.
    • Skirts & Dresses
    • Boxy styles.
    • Stiff fabrics.
    • Extremely full skirts.
    • Pleats.
    • Bulky pockets.
    • Horizontal detailing.
    • High necklines.
    • Suits
    • Tight styles.
    • Swimsuits
    • Suits without enough support.
    • Improper fit.

    Add comment April 26th, 2005

    Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: Petite

    Elongate your silhouette by making your legs look longer.


    Look for…
    • Items in the petites department: they’re proportioned for a shorter woman.
    • Monochromatic ensembles.
    • Narrow silhouettes.
    • Drapey, fluid fabrics.
    • Vertical lines and detailing: seams, closures, embellishment, etc.
    • Princess and/or center seams.
    • Small prints.
    • Skirts are better than pants because they conceal the point where your legs begin, allowing you to create the illusion of longer legs by raising the waistline.

    • Jackets & Coats
    • Cropped styles.
    • Styles with simple lines.
    • One or two button closures.
    • Narrow lapels that end above the natural waistline.
    • Coats should be no longer than one inch above the knee.
    • Empire-waist styles.
    • Belts, if any, should be placed above the natural waistline.
    • High necklines create the illusion of height.
    • Tops
    • Simple, fitted styles.
    • High-waisted tops.
    • Empire line tops.
    • Cropped tops and sweaters.
    • Tops in fluid, drapey fabrics.
      • Pants & Jeans
      • Straight leg pants with front creases.
      • Longer cut styles work best; wear these with heels for a longer line.
      • Classic 5-pocket jean styles.
      • Natural waist styles to visually lengthen leg.
      • Skirts & Dresses
      • Above-the-knee and knee-length skirts and dresses.
      • Tapered straight skirts.
      • A-line skirts.
      • Button-front skirts.
      • Wraparound skirts.
      • Slim dress silhouettes.
      • High-waisted dresses.
      • Empire line dresses.
      • Wrap dresses.
      • Semifitted to fitted sheath dresses.
      • Off center slit to elongate legs.
      • Vertical detailing: buttons, seamlines, trimmings, etc.
      • Higher neckline for a taller look.
      • Accessories
      • Minimal accessories.
      • Medium height shoes.
      • Pointed toe shoes to elongate foot and leg.
      • Shoes with a low vamp (toe opening is long and narrow) for a longer line for your foot and leg.

      Run from…
      • Stiff, tailored clothing.
      • Baggy clothing.
      • Big horizontal lines.
      • Large prints.
      • Excess detailing.

      • Jackets & Coats
      • Double breasted styles.
      • Long coats.
      • Voluminous styles.
      • Styles with wide lapels.

        • Tops
        • Tops that hit at your natural waistline.
        • Baggy tops.
        • Highly embellished tops.
        • Tops made of stiff fabrics.
        • Pants & Jeans
        • Pleated pants.
        • Cropped pants.
        • Low rise pants.
        • Cuffed pants.
        • Wide-leg pants.
        • Flared pants.
        • Skirts & Dresses
        • Skirts that hit at mid-calf.
        • Long, ankle length skirts.
        • Hem detailing.
        • Overly girly styles.
        • Overembellishment.
        • Extremely full skirts (think Cinderella).
        • Accessories
        • Very High Heels.
        • Overembellished styles.
        • Styles that disproportionately large for your frame.

        Add comment April 25th, 2005

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