Getting dressed is a whole lot easier when you know what pieces work best for your shape. Most women fall into one of four categories: apple (thick around the middle), pear(larger at the bottom), hourglass (curvy but evenly proportioned), and banana (straight up and down).
The problem with understanding your body shape is that most women focus on specific area (i.e. problems zones such as the tummy, arms, bottom, thighs etc), which can cloud your judgement when it comes to seeing the whole picture. It’s important to view yourself as a whole so that you can define your body shape.
The Apple shape
Your goal is to minimise your midsection by highlighting your shoulders and legs.If you tend to gain weight around the middle or you simply want to hide a few post-pregnancy pounds, clothes should fit loosely around the midsection to conceal a full stomach and more snugly elsewhere to play up thin limbs. Styles to avoid: Anything that draws attention to the middle―like high-rise pants, belts, and waist-cinching tops. Try outfits like these
A shift dress lies just far enough away from the body to conceal any problem areas. Tailoring tip: Most women with apple figures have shapely legs, so get your dress hemmed to show them off!
Low waisted trouser
A low waisted trousers that sit low on the hips will help avoid any stomach bulge.
A swing coat will be incredibly flattering on you and would make the mis section less obvious.
The hourglass shape
If you are curvy with a tiny waist your goal is to accentuate your curves, not hide them, by emphasising your waist.With an ample chest, a narrow waist, and full (but not wide) hips, this shape, although evenly proportioned, can seem as if it’s all angles. Choose clothes that work and move with your natural curves, not against them. Styles to avoid: Shapeless or boxy styles, like baby-doll dresses, tunics, and oversize cardigans.
The V-neck is flattering to your bust, and the wrap detail highlights the curve between your waist and hips.
A pencil skirt accentuates your curves and smoothes out your thighs.
A belted jacket is the easiest way to play up your petite waist.
Wide leg trousers
This pair hits at the natural waistline, so it draws the eye to a thin middle.
The Pear shape
Your goal is to elongate and balance your figure by accentuating your top half if the widest part of your body is around your hips..The triangle shape is defined as shoulders and torso that are narrower than the hips. Styles to avoid, shapeless, oversize sweaters; skinny jeans and pants; and skirts in a flimsy, curve-hugging fabric, like silk.
An A-line skirt highlights the smallest part of your waist and flares out over hips.
Wide leg trousers
You can be sure they’ll fit perfectly at the waist.
Off shoulder fit and flare dress
Your bare shoulders will take the attention off your lower body, and the skirt shape is ideal for highlighting the smallest part of your waist and then generously flaring out to conceal wider hips.
The Banana shape
Your goal is to highlight the thinnest part of your waist so your hips and bust appear larger and more proportional. With little definition at the waist, this straight-up-and-down figure is often considered boyish. Opt for styles that fit snugly at your middle but flare out at the bottom (whether it’s a skirt or pants) to create curves. Styles to avoid, dresses that are tight all over and anything too flowy or unstructured around the waist, like Empire-waist tops.
Short sleeve ruffle shirt
Ruffles and wispy sleeves add volume to the bust and shoulders, making the waist look smaller in comparison.
A slim fit at the hips that graduates to slightly wider hems gives the impression of all-around shapeliness.
A nipped-in blazer creates a waist and the appearance of fuller hips.