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4 Celebrity inspired Styles by body type

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Rectangle shape

 
Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley

 

Boyish figure? Doesn’t mean you’re anything less than All-Woman. The shape here involves a waistline that isn’t clearly defined, and hips and shoulders are roughly the same width. The breasts are often small, the behind flat. And a slim, straight-up-and-down silhouette without curves is typical. So get your girl on! Play some tricks with optical illusions — a little magic you create by making smart choices in garments that create volume and shape. Well-placed accessories are a girl’s best friend too.

Evening

This lace A-line dress creates shape by adding fullness at the bottom, a marked waist, and sheerness at the top for extra femininity. Show off legs by wearing knee length skirts or dresses, and avoid maxi skirts, slouchy pants, and anything too heavy or shapeless. Play with textures and bold prints as they will not overshadow your frame — you can easily pull it off. Be confident with lady-like accessories. It’s fun to be a woman, oui?

 

Casual 

Going to a luncheon? Channel Audrey Hepburn’s style with this A-line dress, with a contrast collar to add a feminine touch. Accessories are sophisticated and sure to bring out the girly-girl in you. Keira Knightly (pictured) often wears dresses to compensate for her boyish frame, playing with necklines and illusions at the waist to define her body, and create a womanly shape. Pumps and ballerina flats up the gamine-factor.

Tips:

~ Wide belts create a corset-like effect.

~ Tops with smaller patterns, and diagonal or vertical stripes create a longer torso.

~ Heart-shaped necklines are super-flattering.

 

pear shape

 
Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

 

The woman with a pear-shaped body often has a heavier bottom and a smaller bust. Challenges? Dresses that accommodate generous hips and a small bust — which is why a top and skirt match is usually a better bet. You can purchase two different sizes if need be. Separates are a pear-shaped gal’s best friend. Find yourself a good tailor too, as inevitably any pants or trousers will have to be taken in at the waist. 

Evening 

Attention to the upper body with dazzling earrings, or details on the gown like cut-outs or an asymmetrical neckline. The bottom should be ample enough to float around the hips without pulling. Think flowy lines, in silky, soft fabrics, as in Jennifer Lopez’s dress (pictured).

 

Casual 

Errand-running day? Darker-coloured bottoms paired with comfortable heels will slim and elongate the legs. If you opt for a pair of jeans go indigo or dark with a boot cut. Jennifer wears pants in a lightweight fabric so her bottom silhouette appears slimmer, and the eye is led upward with a neckline that draws attention. Keep it interesting with textural scarves in nubby knits, or a silky pop of colour twisted round the neck, plus notice-me hats. 

Tips:

~ Wide belts create a corset-like effect.

~ Tops with smaller patterns, and diagonal or vertical stripes create a longer torso.

~ Heart-shaped necklines are super-flattering.

 

apple shape

 
Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

 

Heavier on top and smaller on bottom? You’re apple-shaped! Women in this category usually have bigger breasts or thicker waists, plus slim legs that can seem a little disproportionate. If you’re guilty of wearing boxy tops to hide your midsection, it’s time for a fashion intervention. Instead of camouflaging that wide middle, you might have given it even more girth. Using our few tips, you can create the illusion of a waistline. 

Evening

Choose a full-length gown in a solid colour you look fabulous in, with either a sweetheart neckline (like Oprah Winfrey, pictured) or with a dress that is defined or belted at the waist to create sexy curves. A pulled-together style made so with bold accessories amps up your look.

 

Casual 

Brunch date? Wear a flowy, floral maxi skirt to draw the attention to your bottom half, or rock a  soft, wide-leg pant, paired with heels for height. On top, try a V-neck cashmere sweater or a wrap blouse. A belt marks the waist. Oprah knows how to fake a well-balanced figure. Have fun with accessories — the sky’s the limit.

Tips:

~ Wide belts create a corset-like effect.

~ Tops with smaller patterns, and diagonal or vertical stripes create a longer torso.

~ Heart-shaped necklines are super-flattering.

 

Hourglass shape

 
Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek

 

Va-va-voom! Often considered a woman’s ideal body shape, hourglass top and bottom measurements are equal, and the waist is well-defined. Sexy, fitted dresses and mermaid-style gowns suit this curvy shape beautifully, but be mindful of keeping your assets balanced. An all-at-once focus on bust, waist and hips can be a little too much of a good thing at times.

Evening

Lucky you — plenty of room to play here. Gowns with asymmetric or plunging necklines are old-Hollywood glamorous, and a well-defined waistline keeps your curves in check. High heels are a must to continue the illusion of length. Accessorize with bracelets, earrings and rings to add instant glam.

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Casual

A business suit in a monochromatic shade, perhaps with interesting details, works well. Salma Hayek (pictured) is a curvy gal who knows when to flaunt, and most importantly, when to dial back the bust-waist-hip equation. Pencil skirts are a smart choice, as are necklines that create a flattering V-neck.  

Tips:

~ Wide belts create a corset-like effect.

~ Tops with smaller patterns, and diagonal or vertical stripes create a longer torso.

~ Heart-shaped necklines are super-flattering.