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Thursday, April 11, 2013

What patterns will suit your body shape?

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Today I am going to outline the sort of patterns that might suit different body shapes.   I am only discussing pattern, but remember that patterns should be chosen not only for your body shape, but also in colours that suit you.

Your personality and sense of style also come into play, but I am not focusing on these aspects today.

And you are probably like me - have you ever fallen in love with a pattern only to find you don't like it for some reason on your body?  It could be the wrong sort of pattern for your body shape.

Today I am going to briefly outline the sorts of patterns that work with different body shapes. 

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Lets start with patterns for the neat hourglass figure (the one we all wish we had !).  This lucky person can wear most patterns : paisleys, florals, checks, abstract prints, stripes, spots and checks.

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The lady with a more full sort of figure, a curvy hourglass needs patterns that echo her curves.  Straight or geometric patterns will not sit straight on the curved shapes of the body.  So, think paisleys, florals, spots, and squiggly patterns.

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A lot of ladies are pear shaped - smaller top half to larger bottom half.  The pear shaped lady can wear patterns at the top to draw attention to this part of her body instead of ...well, everyone knows where they do not want attention!  Patterns on the top half of the body balance this body shape.

Pear shaped figures look good in any type of pattern - the field is yours.  Just make sure that you wear a plain colour on the lower half of your body.

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 The opposite sort of figure is the inverted triangle shape.  This figure type needs to focus attention on the smaller half of the body - the lower half.  So patterns should be worn below the waist.    As this figure type is angular, straight shapes are most flattering to the cuts that this figure needs.  So the patterns to wear include geometrics, checks, spots, stripes, and squiggles.

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The rectangular shaped figure doesn't have much shape and has a flat bottom or hips.  She may or may not have a full bust.  The underlying body shape is straight, so once again stick to geometric patterns such as geometrics, checks, spots, squiggles and vertical stripes (not horizontal, because this figure can be quite horizontal looking).

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 The round lady is larger in the central torso and needs to create a good visual central line through this area - usually by the use of longer necklaces and with garments that are more fluid and drape well.  Patterns need to be subtle and soft, and can be abstract floral or paisley shapes, or soft squiggles, spots or stripes.

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 The lean figure - tall, thin and with few curves - needs to use pattern in order to give the impression of curves.  Pattern should be worn on the top half to give the impression of a bust.  The patterns that can be used are discreet florals, geometrics and checks, squiggles, spots, horizontal stripes and paisley.

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 I do hope this helps all of you choose patterns that work for you.

Sarah Liz   :)
 

13 comments:

  1. LOL... Patterns up top for me then! It is amazing how clothes help you feel "yourself" though. And we are all very different in what clicks for us..... Actually I think we can all also vary day to day in the notions we take. ;-)

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  2. Hi Sally - so it's pattern up top for you, and patterns on the bottom for me! If you feel yourself in some clothes, then that is probably your personal style.

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  3. That's smart, I didn't know more or less organic patterns would look better on me than geometric patterns :)

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  4. Thank you for this informative post.. Enjoyed it. I have definitely made/or bought a garment that I just loved, only to find out....Nope, it would not suit my body type. Everything , we love, we can not wear.ha

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    1. Yes, sometimes it does seem that way! What we have to do is work out how to make the most of what we have :)

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  5. Very interesting, great post!

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  6. I have always been drawn to geometric patterns, spots, stripes etc. It seems, since I am a rectangle, I was on the right track all along. Very interesting post!

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  7. Helll Kathy, yes usually we are drawn to what works best for us - and our personality also has something to do with the sort of pattern choices we like to make.

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  8. Interesting post Sarah, and something I always play with. I find too that facial shape and features are important. I have a "serious" face in repose and some prints clash with that.

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    1. Hi Mary, yes facial shape and features are also important. Also personality. And yes, if you have a serious face, then a gay print is not going to work.

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  9. Ok Sarah, as you can tell, I play with color and prints. My mother always said, "What's in style is what fits your body."

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    1. Hi Dorothy - Yes, I love your color/print play. your mother is right as well! Right style, right fit, right colour/pattern/fabric.

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