Tummy trouble? Generous booty? Curves that fall flat? You're not alone! Find your shape below plus tips from style expert Genny Iannucci for how to dress your body type right!
If you're a triangle...
Your bust is smaller than your hips and you have a defined waist. Your body type often requires a smaller size on top than bottom. Triangle is the most common female shape.
Go light and bright on top and opt for darker
fabrics on the bottom to enhance the upper body.
Horizontal details (e.g. wide lapel, stripes, cowl
neck, etc.) draw the eye across the body and create the illusion of width.
Layering is a great optionas it gives the body dimension. However, ensure pieces are fitted through the waist to maintain definition.
Above, third from left: wardrobe, Cleo; shoes, The Bay.
If you're a rectangle...
Your bust and waist measurements are roughly even with a slight (if at all) indentation at the waist (usually one to eight inches smaller). You typically wear the same size on top and bottom but often find that garments fit snugly through the waist.
Choose tops with rufflles or ruching throughout to give the illusion of a more defined waist.
Add volume to your bottom half with a
full, pleated, gathered or A-line skirt.
Detailing at the shoulder will broaden the upper body and really differentiate it from your waistline.
Your bust and hip measurements are smaller than your waist. You typically buy a size larger in jackets and pants to accommodate your
A head-to-toe monochromatic look or subtle
all-over pattern increase the illusion of length through the body.
Define your waist by choosing articles of clothing with gentle shaping at the midsection. Overly loose pieces will just add weight to the body.
Vertical and diagonal stripes will serve to enhance your
shape. However, when accessorizing with belts, wear them loosely over tops and dresses so that they dip below your natural waistline or rest on your hips.
This will instantly give you a slimmer look.
A big thank you to our body-shape models Pamela Robinson (triangle), Geeta Wahab (rectangle), Angeline Thornton (hourglass) and Kristen Talesnik (oval) as well as CDG Display Solutions for providing the posters for the show!
A Canadian fashion-industry insider for over 20 years, Genny Iannucci is an expert in how to flatter your figure and build a strong, versatile wardrobe. Her passion? Helping women look their best on a budget.