Start the new year as you mean to go on - looking stylish and filled with confidence! We all regret helping ourselves to that extra serving of Christmas pudding or overindulging in cheese but 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. No two people are the same and 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 in the new year.
An Apple is characterised by a large bust, full middle and shapely legs. If you fit this criteria than you should opt for detailing above the bust and 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 tops and dresses are incredibly flattering for this shape, as are V-neck tops as they create the illusion of a longer body.
We love this combination of the pima crew top, jacquard scarf and jersey skirt, as they create straight, clean lines, focussing attention down the body, with the top finishing at a flattering length on the hips. Perfect for an apple shape!
A Pear is characterised by large hips and thighs, a defined waist and a small bust. If you fit this type than you should choose plain bottoms (either skirts of 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.
We love this fabulous Liberty print blouse as it is elegantly tucked into the slimming textured trousers and finished with the belt, which means all eyes are on the top half, distracting us all with its brilliant print. Well done Liberty blouse!
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 garments.
We love this exquisite outfit as it features curves and interest in abundance. The smart cable cardigan is especially dyed to match the exclusive, British heritage jacquard skirt, which gives the illusion of a fuller figure with its flattering shape. The cream blouse is tucked into the skirt to create a waist, whilst the cardigan and scarf complete the outfit, adding lots of texture to the top half of the ensemble. Tres bien!
If you are an Inverted Triangle than you will have wider shoulders than hips, flat hips and bottom and no 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.
We love this ensemble as it works in all the right places, keeping things plain and unstructured on top with the textured cotton top and creating a dramatic flare with the beautiful dogtooth pleat skirt to even out those wide shoulders. It couldn't be simpler!
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 will suit you, 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.
We love this monochrome ensemble as it shows off those curves and balances out your figure with the checked panel skirt and combed cotton top.
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, our garments are guaranteed to give you a confidence boost for the new year.
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