4 Celebrity inspired Styles by body type

 

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?


  Ted Baker Caree Sheer Floral Dress   US8
Ted Baker Caree Sheer Floral Dress  US$448

 
  Stella Mc Cartney Paper Beckett Envelope Clutch  US0
Stella Mc Cartney Paper Beckett Envelope Clutch US$770

  Armani Collezioni Silk Blend Wrap   US5
Armani Collezioni Silk Blend Wrap  US$545

  Lulu Frost New Mystique Studs  US5
Lulu Frost New Mystique Studs US$185

  Ted Baker Janette Beaded Cluster Cuff  US
Ted Baker Janette Beaded Cluster Cuff US$99

  Sergio Rossi Mermaid Sandals  US,125
Sergio Rossi Mermaid Sandals US$1,125

  Givenchy Waist Belt in Gold Tone Brass  US,550
Givenchy Waist Belt in Gold Tone Brass US$2,550

  

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.


   Ted Baker Eelah Embellished Collar Dress    US8
Ted Baker Eelah Embellished Collar Dress   US$248

   Ted Baker Bowsa Skinny Bow Belt    US
Ted Baker Bowsa Skinny Bow Belt   US$90

   Salvatore Ferragamo Women
Salvatore Ferragamo Women’s Sunglasses $295

   Salvatore Ferragamo Mini Vara Flap Bag    0
Salvatore Ferragamo Mini Vara Flap Bag   $850

   Salvatore Ferragamo T-Strap Pump    5
Salvatore Ferragamo T-Strap Pump   $685

 
   Ted Baker Jaan Beaded Cluster Earrings    US
Ted Baker Jaan Beaded Cluster Earrings   US$65

   Mulberry Bow Bracelet    US5
Mulberry Bow Bracelet   US$215

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).


   De Beers Aria Sleeper Earrings    US,200
De Beers Aria Sleeper Earrings   US$6,200

   De Beers Aria 29mm Full Pavé Watch With Aventurine Dial ,   Price Upon Request
De Beers Aria 29mm Full Pavé Watch With Aventurine Dial ,  Price Upon Request

 
  Matthew Williamson Silk Chiffon Keyhole Evening Gown  US,995
Matthew Williamson Silk Chiffon Keyhole Evening Gown  US$2,995

   De Beers Aria Band    US,850
De Beers Aria Band   US$3,850

  Eddie Parker clutch 5
Eddie Parker clutch $995

   Christian Louboutin Pumps    US,995
Christian Louboutin Pumps   US$3,995

 

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. 


 

   Eugenia Kim Felt Fedora    US5
Eugenia Kim Felt Fedora   US$365

   Alexander McQueen Pleated Cardigan    ,619.29
Alexander McQueen Pleated Cardigan   $1,619.29

   Christian Louboutin Patent Leather Pumps    US5
Christian Louboutin Patent Leather Pumps   US$675

   Rick Owens Leather Jacket    ,486
Rick Owens Leather Jacket   $1,486

   Burberry Bloomsbury Leather Bag    ,395
Burberry Bloomsbury Leather Bag   $4,395

   Vivienne Westwood Isolde Earrings    US0
Vivienne Westwood Isolde Earrings   US$320

 
   Stella McCartney Tapered Cuffed Pants    US5
Stella McCartney Tapered Cuffed Pants   US$595

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.


   Temperley London Long Donna Dress    US0
Temperley London Long Donna Dress   US$950

   Marc By Marc Jacobs Obi Leather Belt    US0
Marc By Marc Jacobs Obi Leather Belt   US$300

   Saint Laurent Classic Monogram Tassel Clutch    US,390
Saint Laurent Classic Monogram Tassel Clutch   US$1,390

   Jimmy Choo Gold Mirror Leather Sandals     US0
Jimmy Choo Gold Mirror Leather Sandals    US$850

   Saint Laurent Iconic Le Deux Clous Bracelet in Vermeil    US,245
Saint Laurent Iconic Le Deux Clous Bracelet in Vermeil  US$1,245

   Saint Laurent Formes Simples Ronde Earrings     US5
Saint Laurent Formes Simples Ronde Earrings    US$795

   Tiffany & Co Atlas Wide Cuff     ,900
Tiffany & Co Atlas Wide Cuff   $13,900

 

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.


   JCrew Merino Sweate r   US.50
JCrew Merino Sweate r  US$93.50

   Alexander McQueen Belt    US,145
Alexander McQueen Belt   US$1,145

   Bottega Veneta Pump    US0
Bottega Veneta Pump   US$790

   Alexander McQueen Bracelet    US5
Alexander McQueen Bracelet   US$795

   Giambattista Valli Skirt    US,065
Giambattista Valli Skirt  US$2,065

   Lulu Frost New Radiant Earrings    US5 
Lulu Frost New Radiant Earrings   US$225 

   Bottega Veneta Bag    US,250
Bottega Veneta Bag   US$3,250

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.


   Temperley London Long Phoenix Dress    US5
Temperley London Long Phoenix Dress   US$795

  Lulu Frost New Beacon Bracelet US5
Lulu Frost New Beacon Bracelet US$275

   Vivienne Westwood Hanover Bag    US0
Vivienne Westwood Hanover Bag   US$360

   Christian Louboutin Shoes    US5
Christian Louboutin Shoes   US$845

   Lulu Frost New Beacon Studs    US5
Lulu Frost New Beacon Studs   US$225

 
  Lulu Frost Cut-Steel Bracelet US5
Lulu Frost Cut-Steel Bracelet US$395

 

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.  


 

   Jimmy Choo Leather Pointy Toes    US5
Jimmy Choo Leather Pointy Toes   US$695

   7 For All Mankind Twist Cowl Tank    US8
7 For All Mankind Twist Cowl Tank   US$198

  Donna Karan Structured Jersey Slit Skirt   7.96
Donna Karan Structured Jersey Slit Skirt  $797.96

   Donna Karan Long Sleeves Jacket    ,835.07
Donna Karan Long Sleeves Jacket   $1,835.07

   Stella Mc Cartney Small Tote    US$ 1,195
Stella Mc Cartney Small Tote   US$ 1,195

   Lulu Frost New Decade Earrings    US5
Lulu Frost New Decade Earrings   US$215

   Stella Mc Cartney Square Sungalsses    US0
Stella Mc Cartney Square Sungalsses   US$250

   Saint Laurent Signature Monogram Cuff     US5
Saint Laurent Signature Monogram Cuff   US$795

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.

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