Dress for your shape this spring

Everyone's body is wonderfully unique. Embracing and accentuating your beautiful features starts with finding garments that fit your frame correctly. As a result, our team carefully considers the fit and shape of each garment to help create a piece that is incredibly comfortable and flatters your figure with classic timeless styles designed to last a lifetime.

We have created a style guide to help you discover the different types of clothing and how to choose flattering styles for your body shape and feel confident. There are five well-known body shapes, each has its own individual traits: Apple, Pear, Column, Inverted triangle and Hourglass. Often, we are a combination which means it’s valuable to understand the guidelines for each shape to figure out what works for you.

"Apple" shapes are usually defined by a rounded shoulder line, fullness around the tummy and shapely legs.

Our relaxed pull-on jersey dress with a figure-flattering mock wrap front is wonderful for this shape as it draws the attention away from your waist and highlights your legs. Furthermore, this flowy and printed style is made in easy to wear crush-free jersey and is perfect for day to night dressing with our glass bead necklace.

"Hourglass" statures are similar to Pear Shape but with a fuller bust.

To dress for the hourglass body shape, your aim is to find clothing that accentuates your shape. Our fabulous fit and flare, comfortable jersey dress will follow your natural silhouette and flawlessly highlight your waist and hips.

The "Column" figure is characterised by the top and bottom halves of the body being the same measurements with little waist definition.

Create the illusion of curves and highlight your upper body with our vivid seasonal floral print jacket. This gorgeous jacket paired with our jersey top and navy skirt with lovely movement will add some curves to the top and bottom part of your body.

An "Inverted Triangle" body shape is identified by having a smaller bottom half than your top.

With the inverted triangle body shape, opt for our gorgeous spring ensemble to draw the eye downwards to your lower half. Our floral spring skirt that flares into graceful movement with our jersey top and red bead necklace will help balance your beautiful frame.

"Pear" shapes tend to have a small upper half, with a defined waist but carry weight on the hips and thighs. 

Show off your chic shape and make a statement in our floral print jacket paired with our jersey top, classic trousers and Italian bead necklace. This gorgeous floral jacket made in superb floral velveteen will add definition to your slender upper half along with your defined waist.

Dress for your shape with confidence, knowing that all our clothes are expertly designed with you in mind. Made using natural fibres which hold their shape well and are more forgiving than their synthetic counterparts and in premium quality fabrics, our garments are guaranteed to give you a confidence boost for years to come. 

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  1. As a pear and 5ft 1 and an octogenarium to boot, i steer clear of 25inch jackets, and trousers aren't particularly kind to short heavy legs! Hence i purchased the size 8 (size 10 too generous) floral print jacket worn with a size 12 skirt. Longer length skirts tend to make me look 'dumpy'. Discovering Cotswold Collection has been a help!
    By Mrs Audrey Harkness - March 10, 2020
    1. Hi Audrey, thank you for your comment, we will certainly pass your feedback along to our whole team, especially the designers.
      Best regards, The Cotswold Collections Team.
      By Cotswold Collections - March 11, 2020
  2. If only you went to size 26/28!!
    By ELIZABETH FENTIMAN - March 11, 2020
    1. Hi Elizabeth, thank you for your comment. We will certainly pass your suggestion along to our design team, who consider all customer comments in the creation of our future collections. Best regards, The Cotswold Collections Team.
      By Cotswold Collections - March 11, 2020
  3. I'm not too sure which shape I am but probably pear. Main problem is the need for light-weight (? a linen mix) summer trouser that will not need to be shortened by a mile, thereby losing its taper and shape. I am 5"0 with short legs (inside leg trouser measurement ? 26" 1/2 at most). Do you have/ are you likely to have any such trousers ? Or do I need to continue to look at M&S's very variable offerings?!
    By Margaret Ruse - March 11, 2020
    1. Hi Margaret, thank you for your comment. Keep an eye out for our upcoming summer collection. We currently offer 27inch in our classic trousers and we do provide an alteration service that may be suitable with our 27inch trousers for you. If you would like more information on this, please do call our friendly customer service team on: 01242 536712.
      Best regards, The Cotswold Collections team.
      By Cotswold Collections - March 11, 2020
  4. I do like your advisory service , ( dress for your shape ) can be great help and inspiration.
    By Damjana Derham - March 11, 2020
    1. Hi Damjana, thank you for your lovely comment, which we have passed on to the rest of the team. Best regards, The Cotswold Collections Team.
      By Cotswold Collections - March 17, 2020

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