We’re sharing a few flattering dress styles for different body shapes, chosen from a selection of slow fashion and conscious brands, to take us through the rest of British Summer Time.
While the nights are cooling down a bit in the UK, we’re hopeful that there is a blast of sun around the corner and those summer dresses will still have a few outings before the chill sets in! These easy to wear styles can also be layered up (cue leggings, tights, cardigans, turtleneck layers and chunky knits) for any early autumn days that might creep up on us.
Dressing for balanced and straighter figures
This may sometimes be referred to as a rectangle, ruler or athletic shape.
- This is where the hips and bust are roughly the same width and the waistline is a little less defined.
- This is a common body shape, with about half of us aligning most closely with this silhouette.
- The main goal is to create more distinction between the different regions of bust, waist and hips.
- Most structured and defined styles suit this body shape.
- You can also play with different textures and tones for the top and bottom half to give more contrast.
- Defining the waistline breaks up a straighter silhouette and helps to create curves.
Dressing for broader hips and comparatively wider bottom halves
This might be referred to as a triangle or pear shape.
- This shape is categorised by broader hips and a comparatively smaller top half frame.
- About one in five women fall into this broad category.
- This is also a common shape for women who fall in the petite height range, generally those of us under 163cm or 5 ft 4 inches.
- The main goal here is to balance out the appearance of broader hips.
- A-line and flared skirts work well if there’s a preference for a looser fit around the bottom half.
- Create more presence in the top half by adding volume and embellishments around the shoulders, bust and torso.
Dressing for broader shoulders and comparatively slimmer bottom halves
This might be referred to as the inverted-triangle shape.
- There is a tendency of dominant shoulders, compared to relatively slim hips, giving the impression of a heavier top half, which may be further accentuated for those with a fuller bust.
- About one or two women in every ten might lean towards this shape.
- The goal is to shift a little of the focus downwards, to create a more balanced proportion.
- Necklines that draw attention downwards, such as v or scoop necks create length and wider straps minimise broader shoulders.
- Flared, ruffled and shorter skirts bring focus down towards the hips and legs.
- Styles with a distinct or nipped waistline can also create a good focal point.
Dressing for a more rounded shape
This might be referred to as an apple or oval shape.
- This shape is characterised by a fuller mid-section, which might also be accompanied by a broader bust line.
- The main goal is to introduce shape to the rounded silhouette, with a particular focus on creating a more defined waistline, without accentuating the mid-section.
- Empire waistlines and princess cuts are good options that provide both bust support and added waist definition.
- Tunics, especially those with a little bust shaping helps avoid unnecessary bulk around the tummy.
- A little flare or volume around the hips can also add shape for slimmer bottom halves.
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