The problem with fast fashion is that it misses a key point: women are different. Even if two people have similar measurements, it doesn’t mean that exactly the same size of clothes will fit them. But how do we know what fits us best and which items will bring out the best in us?
Firstly it is very important to know your body shape.
The Pear body shape
The pear shape (or triangle) is characterized by narrow shoulders and a defined waist. The top half of the body is generally smaller than the part below the waist. Your cleavage is less full, therefore it is important to highlight other areas instead. Try balancing the fuller lower body with putting layers on your top body.
You can highlight your waistline with fitted styles and choose darker trousers with a straight or flare cut. Opt for A-line skirts and dresses that go beyond your knees and be brave with patterns.
The Hourglass body shape
You can call your body shape ‘hourglass’, if your shoulders are almost the same width as your hips, with a defined waist and fuller bottom.
It is generally easy to dress for this body shape, as you can choose between V-necks, boat necks or round necks. You can pick peplum tops and wrap blouses. When wearing dresses, you have all the freedom in the world. Show off your silhouette and always highlight your waist! Stay away from boxy cuts and oversized items.
The Apple body shape
This shape is fuller towards the middle section of the body. The tummy, and bust areas are in focus, which is why you need to optically lengthen your torso.
Tops should be flowy and go below your hipline. Avoid anything too tight or cropped tops. You can cover up with coats, jackets and vests that finish above your knees.
Wear dresses that are not too fitted and go beyond the thighs. Anything with V necks and boat necks can be ideal for your shape.
The Athletic body shape
Your figure is similar to a rectangle; your shoulders are the same width as your hips and you have little waist definition.
As the weight is evenly distributed on your body, your aim is to create that little curviness, optically.
You can wear halterneck tops, or strapless styles, or opt for ¾ sleeves in darker shades. Choose trench coats or fitted coats to create some waist with belts and buttons. Stay away from oversized jumpers, jackets or tops in general.
A-line dresses and skirts can also create this hourglass visual, so be brave and choose these styles!
Below, you can wear skinny jeans or trousers, or even wider ones, with a gathered waist.
If you follow these simple steps, you will easily find what styles suit you best. If you are still unsure, make sure to consult with a stylist first!