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Forget Your Size - It's Your Shape Which Matters!

SO which are you...? If you prefer to listen, then here is the episode where stylist Charlotte and founder of Ruby La La, Amanda, discuss the benefits of knowing your shape over your size!

The one thing we all have to do every day is get dressed. But for those of us who struggle with either knowing what to wear or how best to choose clothes for our body shape, getting dressed can be easier said than done.

 

For some, it is genuinely stressful and they will often end up in an unflattering, daily uniform of oversized dark clothing, choosing items that do not fit correctly resulting in a sense of discomfort for the rest of the day, and living with the uncomfortable knowledge that you wasted money on clothes you don't like.

 

Did you know... whilst our weight may change, our body structure rarely does, so once you know how to dress for your shape, you won't need to worry about sizing ever again!

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Which Are You?

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TRIANGLE

INVERTED TRIANGLE

Also known as the pear shape, the triangle is narrow at the shoulders and waist and fuller at the hips and thighs.

 

Area to balance: the upper body

 

How to: try horizontal patterns, extra material, puff shoulders, ruffles, accessories, and bright prints across the shoulders.

 

Make the bottom half darker and slimmer with little to no detail or else vertical stripes.

Choose skirts which are sleek across the hipline

 

Dark jeans or a pencil skirt are ideal.

The inverted triangle is broader across the shoulders, with a thicker waist and narrow hips, often with a smaller bottom and slim legs.

 

Area to balance: the upper body

 

How to: slim down the upper half with halter tops and V neck tops, or try a long necklace. These pieces will draw the eye down and create length here, rather than width.

 

Add something with movement or interest on the legs, like a pleated skirt, and wear lighter colours here, whilst using darker colours on the top.

 

If you put on weight, this shape will often gain it around the waist, so whilst this can make it a little harder to create that desired symmetry, using these techniques will certainly help to still create a balanced shape.

The rectangle is almost the same width from shoulder to hips, with very little curve.

 

Area to balance: give the illusion of curves and a smaller waist

 

How to: make use of clothing with curves built in such as a waisted jacket and structured dresses.

 

A flared or pleated skirt will add curves on the hips, and frilly tops will help create the illusion of more bust if desired.

 

There is less need for the use of dark to hide and light to accentuate, so the rectangle can wear more colours and patterns on the top and bottom alike.

 

If this shape puts on weight, as with the inverted triangle, it is usually around the middle, at which point, stay away from clothes with built-in curves, such as a fitted waist as this will accentuate this aspect of the body further.

RECTANGLE

Fitness Ladies

What we are looking for from our clothes is a way to bring balance and symmetry to our bodies. Here are the stereotypical 'shapes' which most of us fall into, and the best ways to choose our clothes.

 

Remember this is not about size anymore, but shape, so whether you are a size 8 or 18, these styling ideas will work for you.

What we are looking for from our clothes is a way to bring balance and symmetry to our bodies. Here are the stereotypical 'shapes' which most of us fall into, and the best ways to choose our clothes.

 

Remember this is not about size anymore, but shape, so whether you are a size 8 or 18, these styling ideas will work for you.

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HOUR GLASS

The Jessica Rabbit of the shape world, the hourglass is roughly the same width at the shoulders and hips, with a nipped-in waist.

 

This body shape is considered balanced already, as, whether she is a size 6 or 26, the shape and dimensions remain roughly the same.

 

Some hourglass women prefer to diminish their curves, whilst others prefer to accentuate them.

 

It depends on the type of life you lead or the type of styling you prefer and feel most comfortable in.

 

The area to balance: she is already balanced, but rather it is about choosing to accentuate or diminish.

 

How to: a wrap dress or top will hug the curves and bring them to the forefront of your look whereas a boxy or loose shirt will skim over them making them less apparent.

If you prefer a middle ground, then a loose dress with a light fit at the waist may be preferable.

If this body type puts on weight, she will become more like an apple and should then look to draw attention to the collar bone area and face.

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OVAL/APPLE

The oval’s weight is carried in the middle, with slimmer shoulders and hips/thighs.

 

Area to balance: the core

 

How to: using pinstripes, vertical lines, long necklaces, and anything to create length across the middle.

 

The best shape to wear is the empire line which sits under the bust, thus skimming the waist and stomach.

 

Bring attention to the collar bones and face to draw attention up away from the middle too.

Area to balance: the upper body

 

How to: add extra material to the top with puff shoulders, ruffles, accessories, and bright prints.

 

Make the bottom half darker and slimmer with little to no detail.

 

Dark jeans or a pencil skirt are ideal.

What's Next?

Now you know your shape, let's uncover your perfect style!
Finding your style archetype is a surefire way to help you feel great in your clothes, every day