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TOP HALF 

Because the shoulders are the broadest point on your body, choose tops that draw the eye inward to create the illusion of a narrower shoulder line. 

Sleeveless tops can achieve this as they visually cut off the eye before it reaches the shoulder. If you prefer to cover up your arms, try a more fitted sleeve that does not add more width across the shoulders. Turtlenecks and mock necks are also flattering as they visually draw the eye inward towards the neck.

Keep clothes on the top half of the body fairly simple by avoiding elements such as oversized prints or ruffles. Stick with solid colors and clean lines.

BOTTOM HALF

Your body type has narrower hips, so look for pieces that emphasize the bottom half of your body to create more symmetry with broader shoulders. 

Flared pieces like full skirts, wide leg pants, culottes, pockets, etc. will flatter and balance out your proportions. Fabrics that have structure and are a bit thicker in weight will help to create some volume on your bottom half. 

TOP HALF: 

Because the hips are the broadest point of your body, look for clothing that accentuates your shoulders horizontally to balance the hips.

Puff shoulders, blazers, shoulder pads, etc. are flattering for this type. Tops with structure around the shoulders that incorporate thicker fabrics will help visually balance your hips.

 

BOTTOM HALF: 

Avoid elements such as oversized prints, big pockets or ruffles. These will all add bulk to the bottom half of your body. A-line skirts and semi-flared pants will softly graze over the hips to create a flattering silhouette without adding too much width.

Keep clothing on bottom half of body fairly simple so the eye is drawn up. 

TOP HALF: 

Your priority is to lengthen shoulders horizontally so the waist becomes visually more prominent. 

Puff shoulders, blazers, shoulder pads, etc. are flattering for this type. Look for tops with structure around the shoulders that incorporate thicker fabrics to help create a stronger shoulder line. 

Necklines such as wide V’s and scoop necks will also visually broaden the shoulder line in comparison to the waist.

BOTTOM HALF: 

Your priority on the bottom half is to visually lengthen hips horizontally so the waist is accentuated. 

Flared pieces like full skirts, wide leg pants, culottes, pockets, etc. will flatter your proportions.

Also look for pieces here that have structure around the hips and are made with thicker fabrics to help create some volume and accentuate the waist.

waist is smallest point

TOP HALF: 

Your waist appears prominently smaller than your shoulders, so focus on clothing that shows off your curves.

Look for pieces with minimal detail or prints on top so your waist can shine. 

Your curvaceous figure can pull off body con silhouettes. These will also naturally highlight your waist.

BOTTOM HALF: 

Your waist also appears visually smaller than your hips. 

Look for clothing with minimal detail or prints such as pencil skirts and skinny jeans so that your waist remains the focus. 

A FEW MORE THINGS TO CONSIDER

01.

SHOULDER SHAPE & BUST SIZE:

Shoulder shape and bust size are the primary determining factors for how clothes will hang on your body. Most women consider their bust size but have not put much thought into their shoulder shape. Your shoulders play a significant role in how clothing with fit your body.

Look in the mirror and analyze if your shoulders are more sloped downward or straight across in shape. Typically clothing lays best when it hangs from a straight line across the shoulders (similar to a hanger). The goal is to have tops to hang off a straight shoulder line versus swallowing your shoulders and hanging off the bust. Tops with a bit of structure on the shoulder (such as shoulder pads, puffed shoulders, a ruffle, etc.) will help give definition to a more sloped shoulder line.

Bust size also obviously has a great deal to do with how clothes will hang off of your body. Generally speaking, tops that are designed to tuck in, are nipped at waist, or have structured fabric will provide some definition and help prevent you from looking boxy if you are bustier. Additionally, v-necks, scoop necks, and lower necklines that show off a bit of cleavage help to break up the bust and prevent it from looking shapeless. 

Considering your shoulder shape in combination with bust size can help immensely with choosing the silhouettes in which you will feel best on top.

02.

VERTICAL PROPORTIONS:

Height is typically a common consideration when choosing clothing, but taking this a step further and considering your leg length in comparison to your upper body length can help with creating a balanced outfit. Symmetry is important to consider, as it is pleasing to the eye when there is balance between the length of the upper half of the body and the lower half.

To determine this, take two simple measurements: 

1. Measure from the ground to where your leg breaks when you bend it at the top of your thigh. 

2. Measure from that spot where your leg breaks at the top of your thigh to the top of your head. 

Technically, those two measurements should be fairly equal to achieve a balanced silhouette. If your legs are a bit longer than the upper half of your body, including pieces like drop waist dresses and lower rise pants in your wardrobe will be flattering. If your legs appear shorter than the upper half of your body, high waisted pants and empire waisted silhouettes will assist in balancing your vertical proportions. 

03.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO HIGHLIGHT:

Always consider what parts of your body you feel the most comfortable highlighting. What matters the most is feeling confident and beautiful in the pieces of clothing included in your wardrobe!

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