Shopping for clothes that fit properly can be a real problem, especially for those with a plus size figure. Many times clothing manufacturers simply add inches to existing sizes in the hope that they will fit, not taking into account the special needs of the consumer.
More recently, however, clothing companies have begun producing clothing which takes into account the four common body types. These types are apple, pear, hourglass and column (an athletic figure). This system of making clothes for the four different body types works well for women who wear sizes between 10 and 30.
Determining what body type you have is a relatively simple matter. If you have an upper body that is wide and narrow hips then you’re most probably the apple shape. If you notice that you have a smaller upper body and wider hips, then you’re pear-shaped. For those who have a smaller waist, with a curvy upper and lower body (the width of your hips is more or less equivalent to the width of your shoulders), you are an hourglass shape. Lastly, if you have fewer defined curves and the measurements for your waist, hips, and breast are very similar to one another, then you have a column figure.
Naturally, not every clothing style works equally well for people of each body type. When looking for clothes which will flatter your figure, here are some tips to help you find the perfect fit for you.
If you are apple shaped, then the way to go is to de-emphasize the waistline and the shoulders. In order to draw the eye upwards, go for v-neck tops. In order to make the waist appear smaller, you can use nipped or belted waist jackets.
If you have a pear body shape, you want to create the illusion of a more balanced upper and lower body. In general, you should look for clothing that will broaden and add dimension to your shoulders and draw attention away from your hips and thighs. Choose clothes that have wider necklines (like the bateau, squared, or cowl neck) and fabrics that have patterns and textures to draw attention to the upper body. Pair light or brightly coloured tops with bottoms that are a darker colour for a more balanced look.
Those who have the column body shape should work to create the illusion of more curves by wearing scoop or V-neck tops, and look for jackets that have a more defined waist or that flare out from the waist. Look for dresses that break up a columnar silhouette with prints, patterns, and dimensional details like tailored designs.
If you happen to have an hourglass shape, you can choose either to show off those curves or to de-emphasize them to create a longer silhouette. If you decide to flaunt your figure then belted or cinched waists can show off your hips. If you’d rather create a more elongated look, then choose v-necks to draw the eye to your upper body instead. Flared jeans can also help in creating this more balanced look.
With the right choice of clothing, every woman, no matter what her size, can look stunning. With a little careful shopping, either at your local clothing retailer, or online, it is possible to design a wardrobe that will help you look good this summer.