Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Shape Up to Your Personal Style; Get Those Proportions Rightand Dress with Confidence

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Shape Up to Your Personal Style; Get Those Proportions Rightand Dress with Confidence

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Byline: Sarah Barnes

REGARDLESS of what you have read in fashion magazines, there is no cookie-cutter approach to style. Dressing for your body shape is about proportion, and fashion is all about best dressing those proportions. Don't focus on height or weight, focus on shape, it's about accentuating and enhancing what you have so you feel unsurpassed in every outfit you own. Our body shapes have been universally defined by different categories and even by measurements of fruit. Once you've determined whether you are hourglass, a rectangle, apple or pear, here is a little guide to the best styles and silhouettes for dressing the new-year-new-you.

Hourglass

Are you the hourglass? The figure of old Hollywood movie starlets, all curvy with a small waist, you should do nothing but highlight and accentuate your curves. Try on belted jumpers that tie at the back to pull in your waist, pair this with wide leg trousers that lengthen and balance your proportions. Dressing up in a V-necked wrap dress will capture your bust and highlight those curves between your waist and hips. After a daily uniform? A high-waisted pencil skirt and cropped top cuts in at the smallest part of your figure, accentuating your curves and smoothing over your thighs. All of the above flatter your streamlined silhouette, making you feel womanly.

Apple

Are you the apple? With a slimmer lower body you can balance out your midsection by highlighting your shoulders and shapely legs. Elongate these by wearing circle skirts that hit the smallest part of your torso and flare out over your stomach. Avoid gathered or ruched materials, A-line or empire hemmed dresses are your staple silhouettes. If going to work, pants that sit low on the hips and fall straight can be paired with low-necked tops to create lines and show off your decolletage. Top with a swing coat that hangs from your shoulders and creates movement when you walk. …

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