Fashion Trends, Quick Tips and Style Solutions
10 Style Solutions
Posted on December 3rd, 2008
A Fix for Every Figure

Dressing with style is more than just keeping up with the latest trends. It’s knowing which trends look good on your figure and how to use fashion to highlight your best traits, as well as play down those elements that are a little less than perfect. We’ve compiled a handy list of style solutions for multiple body types and challenging features, to solve those styling issues and keep you dressing in style.

Style Solutions: Body Types
1. Banana

Shoulders, waist, and hips are pretty much even
(Heidi Klum, Debra Messing)

Body Type: Banana
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  • Low hip huggers create the illusion of shape
  • Mix loose tops with fitted bottoms or vice versa
  • Wear tunics to elongate your torso
  • Avoid skirts with gathered waistlines, or any style that will make your waist appear larger

Trend for your Type: Pairing this draped bubble tunic with a fitted denim mini skirt is a simple way to give your figure some great curves.

2. Apple

The top half of your body is larger than the bottom half
(Nicole Kidman, Lindsay Lohan)

Body Type: Apple

  • Wide leg or straight leg pants create balance with your upper half
  • Pair skinny jeans with a fitted tank to accent your lower half
  • Full skirts and a-line skirts also reduce that drastic line from hip to ankle
  • Tunics and empire styles help to enlarge the appearance of your lower half
  • Cinched waists and belts create the illusion of a smaller waist

Trend for your Type: This sexy halter dress has a great bubble detail that will add shape and volume to your hips

3. Pear

Your shoulders are narrow compared to your hips
(Kristin Davis, Alicia Keys)

Body Type: Pear

Trend for your Type: These classy wide leg pants will hide your hips while the puff sleeve top will widen your shoulders for a more balanced figure.

4. Hourglass

Hips and shoulders are even, waist is narrow
(Katherine Heigl, Rebecca Romijn)

Body Type: Hourglass

  • Everything looks good on this body type (lucky you!)
  • Just accentuate that tiny waist with cinching belts
  • Wear knits, or fabrics that have some stretch in them to hug those curves

Trend for your Type: Try this stunning plunge neck halter dress to flatter your figure in all the right places!

5. Average Girl

General tips for any of the above body types that aren’t a stick!
(Beyonce, America Ferrara)

Body Type: Average

  • If you have killer legs, wear asymmetric skirts to show them off!
  • Pintucks and ruffle details also look great on you!
  • Rouching on tops or bottoms helps to disguise problem areas

6. Plus Size

General tips for any of the above body types in plus size
(Queen Latifah, Chandra Wilson)

Body Type: Plus Size

  • Avoid small prints and horizontal stripes; larger prints and pinstripes are a better way to go
  • Wear a size that fits comfortably, stay away from clothes that fit too tightly, or that are baggy
  • Don’t always try to cover your figure with tops that are too long. A shirt or jacket that hits your waistline will make your legs appear longer
  • Bias cut pieces will create a nice fitted look while hiding unpleasant areas
  • If you’re shorter, stick to skirts or shorts above the knee, longer cropped styles will make your legs look shorter
  • Lighter fabrics like chiffon or georgette will conceal problem areas when gathered or draped
  • High or mid height heels elongate legs, creating a wonderful slimming effect
  • Wear dark solids on areas you wish to slim down, but don’t go for head to toe black everyday, unless you’re going for the gothic look!

Style Solutions: Challenging Features
7. Wide Shoulders

  • Opt for wide strap tops over tube tops or spaghetti straps since they break up the shoulder line, creating the illusion of more narrow shoulders
  • Halter tops that are narrow at the neck keep the eyes away from the actual shoulder width
  • Sleeveless tops also reduce the width across the shoulders

8. Short Height

  • Minis and knee length skirts; anything longer with make you look even shorter
  • Wear low to mid rise bottoms or drop waist styles which make your torso more elongated
  • Heels also create length (No need to exaggerate – 5″ platform heels are just too much for a petite frame)

9. Short Torso

10. Small Bust

  • Gathers, ruffles or any detail over the bust area will create volume
  • Bra padding (Don’t overdo it, a little goes a long way)
  • Sometimes you can go braless, as long as your top isn’t too sheer!
  • Halter tops cover the bust area making it look larger

Style Suggestion: If you’re having trouble dressing for your body type, find pictures of a celebrity who shares your figure and take note of how she uses style to play up her features. Most celebs pay big bucks for the best stylists to assemble their wardrobes- take your cue from them and get professional styling for free!

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