Whether you are curvy up top but have small hips, or the opposite and you have the classic pear shape or you are lucky enough to be an hourglass or have an athletic shape: we have all the fashion, tips and tricks to flatter your shape. Stylist, Sian Flaherty has the know-how to dress to impress.
"Your best assets are your shoulders and midsection so you can play with adding volume such as ruffles to your top half or experiment with different necklines such as square, boat neck or bardot styles.", says Sian. "It’s worth invested in statement jackets too, opt for printed styles that fall just above your hips drawing attention to your top half. Embellished and embroidered tops are all over the high street at the moment and they’re great for placing the focus on your top half."
This loose top skims the hips and is ideal for summer. It also suits apple shapes.
This blazer is cinched at the wait to create curves and has a peplum to skim the hips.
Colourful and ideal for pear-shaped figures, though it would work well on athletic and petite too.
Flare jeans are particularly suitable for pear-shaped bodies because the widening at the bottom balances the hips.
This pretty and easy to wear stripey dress works wonder on a pear shape but also suits athletic and petite figures thanks to its A line cut.
A pretty loose top that can lift a casual outfit in the evening and shows off those beautiful shoulders.
"Embrace those curves! If you’ve got a hourglass figure highlight your curves by showing off your small waist. Go for belted looks which will emphasise your proportions or go for body-con skirts with ultra sexy crop tops. Wrap dresses will also be your best friend as they show off your décolletage and draw the eye to your waist. Stick to feminine silhouettes that flatter and accentuate your figure. "
This dress by Paper Dolls has been created to enhance those curves at the top and bottom. Beautiful on an hourglass like Kelly Brook.
A belted dress shows off the wait and those curves.
Crop tops also looks fabulous on an hourglass figure. Wear with a high waisted pencil or A line skirt. Think 50s wasp waist and va va voom curves.
Pencil skirts are made for the hourglass figure, but if worn cleverly they can suit other shapes too, such as pear and apple.
"If you’ve got an apple shaped body your goal is to elongate the middle of your figure to create the illusion of a slimmer waist. It’s also a good idea to try emphasising your shoulders and legs to draw the eye away from your midsection. This summer is all about boho which works so well for apple shapes, loose and flowy tops will conceal your stomach. Shorter skirts which sit at the waist and fall over the hips will draw attention to your slimmer areas too. "
Thanks to its V neck and loose fabric, this top is ideal for an apple shape as it disguises the middle section and shows off the curves you want to show!
Apple shapes tend to be bigger on top and have smaller hips, bum and legs, so show off this area by wearing a short skirt. This flared number by Paper Dolls always balances your top half.
A flowy top such as this will flatter your breasts and stomach and show off your beautiful shoulders and décolletage.
This hip-skimming skirt will elongate the legs and trim your overall figure.
A drape front blouse works well on apple figures, as well as pear. Even those with athletic bodies can benefit from this as it'll give the illusion of curves at the top.
"Athletic figures call for feminine tailoring and eye catching details such as embellishments, pleats and vibrant patterns. A-line dresses add the illusion of curves and 90’s style necklines will draw attention work wonders in drawing attention to your chest. Stick to sexy, slinky fabrics that will show off all that hard work in the gym whilst adding a ladylike touch. "
The trick to dress an athletic figure is to give the illusion of curves, as these bodies tend to be straight up and down. A skater dress is cinched at the waist, creating curves.
This A line skirt will show off the waist, whilst giving the impression of hips. If you have an athletic figure, wear it with a tight top or chiffon blouse.
"Petite figures look best in sleek, simple looks. Invest in clothes with solid colours and try adding depth and fullness to your look with thicker, rich fabrics like velvets. Avoid layering as you may look a little lost in all the swathes of fabrics. Vertical lines will also give the illusion of length and mini skirts will make your legs look like they go on for days!"
Lace adds some weight and texture without swamping the figure, a great option for petite women.
Vertical lines elongate the body and can make small women look taller. A neat trick!
This top is quite boxy but because the fabric is light, it works a treat on a petite figure. Wear with straight legged trousers for a chic look.
A flowy dress in a light fabric adds a little volume to a petite figure without swamping it.