BODY SHAPE GUIDELINES: I SHAPE
Creating the illusion of curves
Highlight your hips, bottom and thighs
Enhance your bustline with details
Your clothing line needs to be straight, with emphasis at the waist
Use texture and layering
Wear stiffer fabrics
WHAT TO AVOID
Too much tailored shaping
Jackets should emphasize your waist, belted and double-breasted styles work well, patch pockets can add curves.
Man-tailored , flat front trousers, straight from waist to hem or slight bootleg, pleats or slightly tapered trousers
Capri pants, pants with a diagonal pocket on the side seam, patch pockets also work
With jeans, opt for higher waist, straight leg styles or stovepipes, look for pocket details, if you have a flat bottom, try flap pockets or pockets that are angled or sit higher to give more shape.
Gathered, tiered, dirndl, circle, tulip, A-line, paneled, gored or pleated with high waistbands
Belted, shirt dress, princess line, bias cut, A-line and wrap dresses, and those with defined waistlines
Gathered Empire, breast pockets, ruffles, shirring and gathers, halter tops and crew neck
Flare short sleeves, cap sleeves and tabbed sleeves
Wide collars, lapels and other horizontal lines
AVOID Raglan, dolman or kimono sleeves, structured tops that you don’t completely fill out
Trench coats, double breasted styles in textured or heavier fabrics
AVOID anything with built in curves that you can’t fill out and styles that are too full.