The right clothes for your body type

2016-01-26 06:00


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GETTING dressed is a whole lot easier when you know what pieces work best for your shape. Most women fall into one of four categories: circle (thick around the middle), triangle (larger at the bottom), hourglass (curvy but evenly proportioned), and rectangle (straight up and down).
Here, three seasoned fashion experts?Simon Kneen, executive vice president of design for Banana Republic; Isaac Mizrahi, creative director of Liz Claiborne; and Bridgette Raes, author of Style Rx: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want?identify the four styles that fit each figure best.

The Circle

If you tend to gain weight around the middle (or you simply want to hide a few post-pregnancy pounds), clothes should fit loosely around the midsection (to conceal a full stomach) and more snugly elsewhere (to play up thin limbs).

Styles to avoid: Anything that draws attention to the middle?like high-rise pants, belts, and waist-cinching tops.

The Triangle

The triangle shape is defined as shoulders and torso that are narrower than the hips.

Styles to avoid: Shapeless, oversize sweaters; skinny jeans and pants; and skirts in a flimsy, curve-hugging fabric, like silk.

The Hourglass

With an ample chest, a narrow waist, and full (but not wide) hips, this shape, although evenly proportioned, can seem as if it’s all angles.

“Choose clothes that work and move with your natural curves, not against them,” says Raes.

Styles to avoid: Shapeless or boxy styles, like baby-doll dresses, tunics, and oversize cardigans.

The Rectangle

With little definition at the waist, this straight-up-and-down figure is often considered boyish. Opt for styles that fit snugly at your middle but flare out at the bottom (whether it’s a skirt or pants) to create curves.

Styles to avoid: Dresses that are tight all over and anything too flowy or unstructured around the waist, like Empire-waist tops.

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