Modest Tips To Dress Your Body Shape
Jan 21 2018Apple
Fashion and self-styling, whether you’re a modest dresser or not, can be made much easier if we really know our own bodies. When it comes to body shapes, it’s all about proportions and by that we mean the proportional difference between bust, waist and hips. Although every woman is unique, it really helps to narrow down which body shape you sort-of fit into, which will then enable you to choose more flattering clothes and discover the best outfit ideas for you.
In terms of modest dressing, proportions can matter even more so. Wearing looser and more covered clothing does not have to mean unflattering and ill-fitting. In fact, knowing your body shape and choosing the most flattering clothes makes every woman look more elegant and polished.
So, this week our Modisme stylists have put together a little do’s and don’ts checklist to get you thinking about your shape and the shape of the clothes you tend to opt for.
Women generally fit into 5 body types:
Apple shapes tend to be heavier up top with a full bust, rounded tummy and small hips and legs.
Rectangle body types have a similar width from shoulder to hip, without a defined waistline.
The inverted triangle or cone shape has a wide shoulder frame but narrow hips and slim legs.
Pear shapes are bottom heavy. With narrow shoulder and a small bust, they’ll have wider hips, bottom and thighs.
Often coveted as the most favourable body shape, the hourglass proportions have similar width bust and hips and a much smaller waistline.
Once you have decided which body shape best reflects your curves, it’s great to learn a little more about that shape and what suits it best. The Modisme stylists have collated a few do’s and don’ts they’ve picked up along the way.
Apple shapes often dress extra loosely, which can instantly make you look bigger than you are. The key is to direct attention away from your larger areas (tummy and shoulders) with details and shapes towards the lowers half of the body. It’s best to avoid high waisted trousers and pencil skirts, that further narrow the bottom half of your shape.
Surprisingly, rectangle, otherwise known as straight, body shapes are actually the most common with 46% of women identifying as this shape. The key here is to add curves where possible, so choosing items that increase curves at the bust or hips to help to define the waistline. You can do this with specific shapes or details on the garments, like ruffles or naturally structured jackets. It’s best to avoid very loose head-to-toe clothes, as it can make you look straighter and avoiding top to bottom tight is also key.
This shape is similar to both the rectangle and the apple. The shoulders and bust are slightly disproportionate to the rest of the torso and Triangles often have very slim legs. With shapes like this it’s all about choosing clothing that creates a balance so you don’t look or feel “top heavy”. This is helped by avoiding heavily detailed tops and jackets.
Pear shapes can be tricky, but with a small waist can also be super flattering with the right fit. With this bottom-heavy shape, it’s best to focus on details at the top and to broaden the shoulder and bust slightly.
The hourglass is the body shape of the moment, but only 8% of women actually have this shape naturally. With such a small waist between curvier bust and hips, this shape needs to modestly highlight the waist, so that you don’t look bigger than you are, while making sure the bottom and thighs are flattered. Tailored clothing works particularly well here and loose top to bottom clothes will only increase overall size appearance.
As soon as you become more aware of the shape of your body, it gets easier and more fun to dress. Our Modisme stylists will be coming back to you with their amazing ideas on how to dress for your shape for work, special events and more. Keep a look out for our next body shape blog post!