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Overall, women's body shapes can be divided into the apple shaped, the pear shaped, the hourglass shaped and the boyish shaped. Below you will find more information about how to identify your body shape, and the clothes that will highlight your assets and minimise flaws.

This knowledge should be taken into consideration when ordering tailor made clothes from ANNE SPANG as for once you will have the opportunity to combine the style, the design details and the fabric which suit your body the best. Made-to-measure for a perfect fit, of course.


The Apple Shaped Body

The Pear Shaped Body
The Hourglass Shaped Body
The Boyish Shaped Body

General advices regarding:
Small Bust
Big Bust
Heavy Thighs
Broad Hips
Curvy Bottom
Flat Bottom
Long Legs
Short Legs
No Defined Waist
Slim Waist
Broad Shoulders
Narrow Shoulders
Big calves
Potbelly
Heavy arms

The Apple Shaped Body
Apple shape tends to describe women who have wide torsos (full bust, waist and upper back), as they store body fat around the mid section of their bodies (stomach, abdomen and chest). Such women have relatively slim thighs and upper legs. Apple shaped women often have a 'top-heavy' appearance, with a bust and midriff bigger than their hips, a prominent tummy and a flat bottom.

How to highlight the assets and minimise flaws for the apple shaped body:
Balance your body by wearing dark slimming colours at the upper part of your body and choose bright colours and patterns for skirts and trousers.  
  • Choose tops in solid dark colours and a plain design in a length covering the stomach area.  Low V-necks and wrap-around tops and dresses are perfect. Choose short necklaces. Make sure the tops are not too tight. Don't wear boyish T-shirts and tops and blouses with high necks, roll collars, puff sleeves or horizontal stripes.
  • Enhance your beautiful cleavage with low tops and fitted jackets
  • Choose dresses with fitted (but not too tight) upper parts and a straight or A-cut skirt
  • Avoid well defined waistbands drawing attention to your mid section
  • Choose A-cut or straight knee length skirts. Or choose shorter skirts to draw attention to your lower body region.
  • Choose light-coloured or "nude" hosiery to draw attention to your legs.
  • Choose tapered trousers flattering your slim legs. Avoid tight trousers, straight cut trousers and creases.
  • Choose flap back pockets for trousers and skirts to add curve to your bottom
  • Avoid front pockets and button details. Often these are unflattering and attract unwanted attention to the upper body.
  • Avoid mixing and matching many different colours. Choose monochromatic outfits, as the use of just one colour will create an overall impression of length that will focus away from your width
The Pear Shaped Body
Pear shaped generally describes women who store fat below the waistline on their hips, thighs, and bottoms, as opposed to their stomachs and mid-sections. Commonly the upper torso is relatively slim in comparison to these lower parts of the body, with shoulders and bust being narrow compared to the hips. Pear shaped women are commonly viewed as 'bottom heavy' with well defined waists.

How to highlight the assets and minimise flaws of the pear shaped body:
Balance the appearance of your body by wearing dark slimming colours at the lower parts of your body and choose tops and blouses in bright colours and patterns.  
  • Tops should be fitted and focus the eye to your upper body (beautiful necklines, patterns and colours). They should not be baggy as these will cover your waist, and instead should finish at the top of your hips so that your tiny waist is emphasised
  • Choose tops with boat necks, halter necks, strappy tops, waterfall tops and square necked tops in bright colours and beautiful patterns. Choose feminine tops with details and decoration as well as accessories (scarves and long necklaces) to add volume and alert attention upward away from hips and thighs.
  • Avoid tops finishing at the widest part of your hips
  • Choose tailored jackets with big lapel or long coats
  • Choose dresses with a fitted upper part and A-line skirt. A wrap around dress or a strapless dress is a good choice, too.
  • Choose A-line skirts or wraps as they slim the hips and emphasize the smaller waist area. Avoid short, tight pencil skirts as these will accentuate the tops of your thighs and divert attention to the lower body part. Choose a just below knee length skirt and make sure the skirt length won't cut your calf at the widest point.
  • Choose flat fronted or softly pleated skirts and trousers to emphasize the waist area.
  • Choose low waist trousers or skirts to eliminate that gaping problem in the back
  • Choose long wide legged trousers, "men's dress pants" with high waist and wide legs or straight legged trousers. Or choose below knee length trousers worn together with peep-toe stilettos.
  • Creases are slimming and add length but they also emphasize a potbelly
  • Avoid big pockets on trousers
  • Choose wool, tweed and denim fabrics. Avoid stretch fabrics which are too tight in the wrong places.
  • Avoid light coloured bottoms and stick below to black and darker blues and browns which absorb the light.
The Hourglass Shaped Body
The hourglass shaped woman - like Marilyn Monroe - has a big bust, small waist, big hips, and generous thighs. Although the feminine curves of the hourglass shape are widely admired, a lot of hourglass shaped women find it difficult to find well fitting clothes.

How to highlight the assets and minimise flaws of the hourglass shaped body:

The key is to show off your feminine curves and not to hide any part of your body. Wear fitted clothes defining your silhouette, like pencil skirts and fitted jackets.
  • Show off your curves and your defined waist with slim pencil skirts and fitted dresses and jackets
  • Choose strapless dresses and V-necks
  • Keep things simple. Avoid frills, flounces and bows as decorations add volume. Never wear batwing sleeves and smocks.
  • Make sure your dress fits the bust, round the hips and behind. Small neat sleeves hide fleshy upper arms. And wear good undergarments hiding lumps and bumps.
  • Wear high heeled peep-toe shoes together with your pretty dresses
  • Choose just below knee length skirts and dresses
  • A fitted jacket will emphasize the small waist
  • Wear long, fitted wide legged trousers together with a pretty top that stops just below the crotch.
  • Emphasize your waist with a small belt but avoid big belts.
  • Choose monochromatic outfits, as the use of just one colour will create an overall impression of length sliming your silhouette.

This is the very slim body, which many would call boyish - the shape of models. The body shape is very slim and straight up and down without curves. This shape has got a small bust, a flat bottom and no defined waist.
 
How to highlight the assets and minimise flaws of the boyish body shape:

You may wish to add some curves to your body to make it look more feminine. To do this, think about adding details where the feminine body normally curves - on bust, waist, butt and thighs. 
  • Choose tops with boat necks, spaghetti straps or V-necks which will give the illusion of broader shoulders and a narrow waist. Also wrap around tops are great as they will give the impression of a waist. Make sure that your tops are not too tight but avoid boyish T-shirts.
  • Choose tops and blouses with extended shoulders and sleeve details broadening the shoulders to make the body appear more curved.
  • Choose tops, blouses and jackets which are finishing just below the waist or which are tight in the waist and finishing at the hips.
  • Details on the bust will add curves to your upper body. And turtlenecks with capped sleeves will add shape and volume to your bust.
  • Empire shaped dresses suit you well or choose dresses with low-cut back or slit.
  • For jackets and coats choose double breasted semi-fitted styles with pockets, coat belts and details.
  • Choose a skirt adding definition to the hips. For instance a knee length tulip skirt, A-line skirt or flared skirt
  • Choose gently flared trousers with hip pockets, back flap pockets and front pleats.
  • Belts will add curves to your body
  • Choose stiffer fabrics to give your body some more substance. Make sure your fabrics are not too soft and drapery. Geometric patterns and stretch fabrics will add curves.

Small Bust

  • Choose light colours, patterns and horizontal stripes for the upper part of your body
  • Choose tops with boat necks, halter necks, strappy tops, waterfall tops and square necked tops. Choose feminine tops with details and decoration on the bust to add volume
  • Avoid tops with low and wide cut necks.
  • Choose long necklaces
  • Make sure that your tops are neither too tight nor too baggy. 
 Big Bust
  • " Choose dark solid colours for the upper part of your body
  • " Choose wrap-around tops and low-cut tops creating the illusion of distance between your chin and your bust
  • " Avoid high necked tops and roll collars
  • " Choose short necklaces
  • " Make sure to wear a good and supportive bra and make sure that your tops are not too tight.
  • " Avoid tops finishing at your hip and avoid trousers with big pockets
  • " Choose dark solid colours for skirts and trousers
  • " Choose flat fronted low waist trousers and skirts to straighten out the curves
  • " Choose straight or wide legged pants and A-line skirts
  • " Creases are slimming and give the impression of length (but avoid creases if you have a potbelly to hide) 
  • " Choose a long coat instead of a short jacket
 Broad Hips

  • Choose feminine tops with details and decoration as well as accessories (scarves and long necklaces) to add volume and alert attention upward away from the hips
  • Choose fitted jackets with big lapels
  • Choose trousers with a waist below the navel as low waist trousers minimises the hips and straighten out the curves
  • Choose wide legged trousers to balance your silhouette, choose straight legged trousers to minimise your waist and hips and create a slim silhouette, or choose boot-cut trousers to minimise the hips.
  • Choose A-line skirts and dresses and make sure they are not finishing at the widest point of your calves.
  • Choose wool, tweed and denim fabrics and avoid stretch fabrics being too tight in the wrong places

Curvy Bottom

  • Choose tops in vivid colours and patterns and skirts/trousers in dark solid colours.
  • Choose trousers with a waist under your navel and with long, wide or straight legs.
  • Avoid back pockets on trousers and skirts
  • Choose wool, tweed or denim fabrics and make sure your clothes are not too tight.
  • Choose voluminous skirts with pockets and decorations at the back to add curves to your bottom
  • Choose trousers with flap back pockets and make sure the trousers are not too tight 
  • Emphasize your beautiful long legs and show off your beautiful slim silhouette
  • Choose low waist trousers with cuffs with narrowing down legs
  • Choose trousers and skirts that are not finishing at your calf
  • Choose knee length skirts. Or above knee length skirts to make your legs appear extra long
  • Shorter trousers should finish 15-20 cm/6-8" above your ankles 
  • If you want to add curves to your body, divide your body into sections by the use of belts and different colours
Short Legs

  • Choose monochromatic outfits as the use of just one colour will create an overall impression of length
  • Wear high-heeled shoes
  • Choose an empire cut dress
  • Choose peak lapels on jackets to add length
  • Choose straight legged, high waist trousers long enough to reach the floor when wearing high heels. Or choose just below knee length trousers worn with peep-toe stilettos
  • Avoid trouser pleats and cuffs as that will make your legs appear shorter
  • Choose V-neck tops with a tight fit in the waist and finishing at the hip
  • Wear belts in the waist or at the hips 
  • Avoid boyish t-shirts and straight legged trousers 
  • Choose knee length skirts and dresses  
  • Emphazise your beautiful waist with belts a la Marilyn Monroe
  • Choose V-necks, kimonos and raglan sleeves
  • Choose tops without decorations in solid dark colours or with vertical stripes
  • Choose long dresses
  • Avoid puff sleeves and horizontal stripes at the upper part of your body
  • Choose light colours, patterns and horizontal stripes for the upper part of your body
  • Choose feminine boat necked or square necked tops with details and decoration or short sleeved t-shirts.
  • Choose trousers in full length
  • Choose skirts and dresses finishing just above the knee
  • Choose high heeled platform shoes, open stilettos or one-coloured boots
  • Avoid ankle strap shoes, leggings and mid-calf length skirts. 
  • Choose high waist trousers which minimises the waist and covers well in the stomach area.
  • Or choose trousers with a waist below your navel and with side closure
  • Small patterned fabrics and a belt might hide your belly
  • Choose supportive fabrics like wool, tweed and denim
  • Avoid creases, big buttons, front pockets and clothes which are too tight at the stomach area 
  • Avoid boyish T-shirts, halter necks and tank tops
  • Choose tops with loose, baggy sleeves or ¾ length sleeves
 
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