Now that the festive season has arrived, start as you mean to go on - looking stylish and filled with confidence! No matter how our shape changes over this time of year, you can still look your best by knowing which clothes to wear that will flatter your figure. We know that no two people are the same, and so to help, we've created some profiles for different body shapes (you may even find that you fall into more than one type). This guide aims to help you look your best over the coming weeks.
An Apple is characterised by a large bust, full middle and shapely legs. If you fit these criteria, then you should opt for detailing above the bust and below the hipline, clothing that features straight lines and avoid details and texture around your bust or middle. You should also avoid short coats and jackets that finish at your widest point. Empire line tops and dresses are incredibly flattering for this shape, as are V-neck tops as they create the illusion of a longer body.
Create body-lengthening lines with an open overshirt style, which flatters apple shapes by elongating your upper half and drawing the eye away from your middle. Our Printed Kimono features a pretty seasonal floral print on crêpe fabric, whilst the limited edition Printed Velour Top & Skirt makes clever use of print to draw attention away from the waist and features a fully elasticated waistband for comfort. Both make fabulous additions to your wardrobe whilst flattering your figure.
A Column's waist, hip and shoulder measurements are roughly the same and has a small bust. If this is you, then you want to create as much interest and detail in your ensemble to create the illusion of curves. Choose high necklines and colourful bottoms. Avoid figure-hugging garments, square necklines and straight lines in clothes.
These stylish ensembles create the illusion of curves. The tailored Tweed Suit gives structure and shape definition to your silhouette or you can create a waist by tucking the floaty Georgette Blouse into the stylish Crêpe Skirt. Both create lovely feminine shaping and are very chic.
If you have a full bust, large hips and a small waist then celebrate for you have the most coveted of all body shapes: the Hourglass! Styles that suit you will emphasise your curves. Opt for V-necks and avoid high-necked tops, straight shapes, boxy jackets and garments with detailing around bust and hips as this will add unnecessary volume.
Flatter your figure with these outfit-elevating knitwear pieces and beautiful skirts that draw up to the waist and make the most of your curves. Choose from the Merino Wool-Blend Jumper or the Italian Jacquard Cardigan and Italian Knitted Skirt or the beautifully detailed Panel Skirt.
A Pear is characterised by large hips and thighs, a defined waist and a small bust. If you fit this type, then you should choose plain bottoms (either skirts or trousers) and lively tops. Layering on your top half creates interest and draws attention away from your curvier bottom half. Highlight your waist with tailored garments & belts, as well as accentuating your shoulders with jackets and tops that feature lapels and collars. You should avoid dropped waistlines, patterns on your hipline and cropped trousers.
Our Jersey Dress is beautifully shaped with soft pleats that fall from the under the bust to hem, which draws attention away from your hips. The Lurex-Blend Cardigan works equally well with a lively design on the front, which distracts from the hips, which are dressed in plain trousers. These outfits work by accentuating your waist, drawing attention to your top half with bust detailing to create a more balanced silhouette.
If you are an Inverted Triangle, then you will have wider shoulders than hips, flat hips and bottom and little waist definition. Keep your top half simple, with plain tops and add lots of detail to your lower half. Full skirts, wide leg trousers and bright colours or patterns on your bottom half are great for evening-out your figure. You should avoid shoulder pads (you don't need them), tapered skirts and bold prints on your top half.
Eye-catching prints work in your favour with these two outfits. The Floral Soft Pleat Skirt features a lovely fit and flare style that draws attention away from your shoulders. The Panelled Jersey Skirt features a flattering flare at the hem and a vibrant print that focusses attention on your lower half. Both balance your figure nicely, creating equal proportions between top and bottom halves.
Dress for your shape with confidence, knowing that all of 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 months ahead.
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