PetiteDon’t let clothes swallow you whole. Big and bulky clothes will overwhelm you. And long hemlines will make you appear shorter so choose lengths of above the knee or to the ground for dresses, skirts and even pants. Don’t over-accessorize. One bold accessory is enough for your frame or a few very small accessories will work.
A key to success is simple, fitted pieces.
Remember, dressing in one color from head-to-toe will make you appear taller. A streamlined look also will make you look thinner. Add vertical lines to your outfit – one color, silts in skirts and dresses as well as V-necks. And don’t be afraid of heels to elongate your figure, especially neutral with open toes or the same color as your pants. Strapless dresses may work well to highlight toned arms and shoulders.
Celebs: Renee Zellweger, Hilary Duff, Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Selma Hayek, Fergie, Jennifer Aniston
PearSuper-skinny jeans, tight pants and tapered pants and skirts emphasize your shape. If you choose to wear these items, combine a looser fitting top to balance your figure. Avoid over-embellishment on the hips and pockets of pants and major pleats in skirts and trousers as they will add weight to your frame.
A key to success is wearing clothing that brings attention to your top half and waist.
A-line dresses and skirts work well on your shape. Boot-cut pants create balance as well. Fitted jackets, belts and boot-cut pants should be a staple in your wardrobe. A ruched top that nips the waist will draw the eye to the center of the body. Darker colors on the bottom half will help to create balance as well. Try embellished necklines with ruching or other interesting cuts to bring attention to your face. V-necks work as well. Accessories will draw the eye upwards.
Celebs: Charlize Theron, J-Lo, Kate Winslet, Jessica Biel, Alicia Keyes, Ellen Pompeno
Full FigureAll full figured women are NOT created equal. Fullness may be in the bust, the waist or the hips so other categories should also apply.
In general, do not overdress your frame. If there is too much fabric, you will look larger. Simple, clean lines work best on your frame. Embrace your shape with tailored looks to accentuate your positives with clothing that glides over curves. Avoid thick, chunky shoes.
A key to success is to highlight areas of your body that you know are gorgeous.
V-necks draw attention to your face, bringing the eye up and highlights a beautiful bust. Dark colors from head-to-toe create a slim silhouette. Don’t be afraid to show some skin. Wrap tops hide your stomach while focusing on décolletage. Shirts and dresses with princess seaming create the illusion of a curvaceous waist. Larger back pockets create the illusion of a smaller behind.
Celebs: Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Camyrn Manheim, Rosie O’Donnell, Kathy Bates, Missy Elliott, Macy Gray
Big BustSuper-clingy fabrics should be avoided. Busy, large patterned tops or printed blouses may accentuate your bust as well. High-waisted pants shorten your torso. High-neck tops will accentuate your chest.
A key to success is to bring focus to your neck and elongate your torso.
Choose clothes that highlight your curves with simple fabrics and patterns. V-necks and other open necklines will make your neck appear longer. Low-waisted jeans and pants add length to your torso. Try jeans with a flair bottom as they will provide balance to your shape. Shorter skirts also will draw attention to the lower-half of your body. Wrap tops will accentuate your waist and separate your chest from your waist.
Celebs: Jessica Simpson, Elizabeth Hurley, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Diane Lane, Penelope Cruz, Demi Moore
HourglassThe most coveted, sexy body type is the hourglass. Clothing that hides your waist will make you look larger. Wear clothing that fits your curves. Avoid very tight or very loose clothing as it will make you appear larger as well. Do not choose over-embellished outfits either as it will add to your frame.
A key to success is tailored clothing to highlight your shape.
Choose tailored jackets, straight skirts and trousers and dresses with defined waists. Wrap dresses are great for showing off your shape. Jackets that fit at the top of the hips make your torso appear longer. Trousers with a mid-rise sit just below the belly button and skim hips rather. Avoid empire-waisted dresses or blouses as they will add pounds. You can also have a tailored top or bottom with a full skirt or pant but do not have full on the top and bottom. V-necks will accentuate your curves.
Celebs: Scarlett Johannsen, Sara Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Giselle Bundchen, Eva Mendez, Katherine Heigl, Heather Graham
Boyish/lacking curvesThis shape needs to add curves by focusing on your waist and embellishing your bust. Avoid monochromatic from head-to-toe unless you wear belts or clothing with embellishments to add to curves. Tapered pants will highlight your frame. A wide belt defines the waist. Full skirts with box pleats or ruching with your frame.
A key to success is to add dimension to your shape with fun details.
Rouching, belts, tailored jackets and embellishments work well with your frame. A higher waistline with an embellished top can add curves.
Celebs: Gwenyth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, Keira Knightly, Kate Bosworth
Small BustAvoid boxy, baggy tops and tapered pants and jeans.
The key to success is to define and add dimension to your bust.
Create curves with structured clothing. Dresses with defined waists and detail in the bust add dimension to your frame. Layering is another strategy to add dimension to your frame. Tailored jackets can add shape to your frame. Fluid fabric tops will suit you well. Bold colors and prints will add dimension to your frame.
Celebs: Kate Hudson, Thandie Newton, Natalie Portman, Sandra Bullock, Sheryl Crow
Thick WaistAvoid tight waistbands, large belts and the "tucked in" look if you're thick around the middle. Also stay away from straight skirts and fabrics that cling over the stomach. Cropped jackets, belts with embellishments or bright colors will add to your waist. Avoid lots of pleats in pants and skirts.
The key to success is to draw the eye away from the waist to your face and legs. So don’t be afraid to show some skin.
V-necks and skirts with silts will work well on your frame. Dresses with empire waistlines are a good choice as well as A-line skirts. Long jackets and cardigans can slim you as well. Bootleg or flared pants and jeans will provide balance to your frame. Flowing fabrics that don’t cling too much will highlight your assets.
Celebs: Drew Barrymore, Megan Mullally, Kelly Clarkson
Tall FrameAdd curves to your frame with embellishments and texture.
Embrace your gams. Short skirts will accentuate your legs. You can wear any heel and look fabulous in flats. For the tall slender figure, wide leg trousers add balance and proportion to your frame. You can wear bold prints as well.
Celebs: Gwenyth Paltrow, Geena Davis, Kristen Johnston, Uma Thurman, Sigorney Weaver, Minnie Driver, Liv Tyler, Daryl Hannah