A SHAPE GUIDELINES

A SHAPE GUIDELINES

GOAL

  • Balance out shoulders and hips

  • Elongate the body

BASIC “RULES”

  • Dark, plain bottoms with light or bright tops

  • Patterned, textured or tops with detail

  • Tops and jackets must not end at your widest point

  • Layering on your top half creates interest and draws the eye upwards

  • Boat necks, sweethearts, wide V, show some skin around the neck

  • Shoulder details, epaulettes, colour bands, wide collars, shoulder pads, puffed or ruched sleeves

  • Empire waist, wrap styles

  • Flat front trousers with room in the thighs (tailor to fit waist)

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WHAT TO AVOID

  • Bottoms or dresses made of clingy or shiny fabrics

  • Bottoms with any horizontal lines (e.g. tiered skirts)

  • Anything too boxy

  • Pleats or tapering on your bottom half

  • Halterneck, kimono, raglan sleeves and dolman sleeves


THE DETAIL…

JACKETS

  • Chanel-type jackets, peplum or double-breasted styles with shoulder pads

  • Peaked lapels that draw the eye upwards or wide collars that broaden your shoulders

  • AVOID dropped sleeves and deep armholes

TROUSERS

  • A slight flare can help balance your silhouette

  • AVOID back pockets or any detailing, diagonal pockets, tapered or low waisted

JEANS

  • Mid to high-rise jeans, trouser legs, straight legs, wide leg or slight boot cut

  • AVOID skinnies and small or widely spaced back pockets or pockets with flaps

SKIRTS

  • A-line, easy wrap or softly draped style with vertical dtails

  • AVOID slanted, flap or patch pockets, pleated, bias cuts or trims, hem detail, drastic flare and horizontal details like seams

DRESSES

  • Empire waist, wrap dresses, A-lines and matching jacket and dress

  • AVOID dresses that cinch the waist , pleats or bundles of fabric gathered at the waistline

SHIRTS/TOPS

  • Semi-fitted tops that float over your hips and bottom or end just above the hips

  • Detailing at the shirt hem, length that stops at the waist

  • AVOID tops that end at the widest part of your hips

COATS

  • Fitted shapes with waist detail or belted

  • Wide collars and peaked lapels

  • AVOID patch pockets on your hips