Body Shape Style Guide - The Triangle/Pear figure.
Today I will start my posts on what styles suit which body shape. I'll start with the most common shape, which is the triangle figure type. This triangle figure is also called the pear shape. The hips are wider than the shoulders and the thighs and bottom are full. The bust is usually smaller. Often the widest part of the hip is towards the top of the legs. The figure is bottom heavy.
WHAT TO WEAR:
- Trousers should sit just below the natural waistline so that the hip curve from the waist is not accentuated.
- Do not have any style details such as gathers, pleats or side pockets at the hip.
- Trousers look should fall in a straightish line from the hip or flare slightly from the knee -
- do not wear narrow or tapered trousers, as your hips and bottom will look larger.
- Use fabrics that drape well.
- Should be in a darker colour than the garment on top to visually slim the bottom half of the body.
- Use fabrics with a elastane (2-4%) to help fit the curves
- Look for pants that have a higher rise in the rear to accommodate the derriere.
- A Vertical stripe will flatter.
- Dresses need to drape over the hips with volume and detail added to the top half of the dress.
- A-Line skirts and dresses will fall over the hips and disguise the width.
- Knee length skirts or dresses with either fullness or flounces will balance the hip width.
- On the top half look for a wide scoop neckline to balance the hip width.
- Vertical stripes or vertical seam lines will minimise the hip and thigh width
- As with pants/trousers, do not have horizontal details near the hip line.
- Do not wear stiff fabrics as they do not shape and fit well over curvy hips/thighs and bottom.
- you need to add width around the shoulders and upper body to balance wider hips
- Jackets and coats need wide lapels and shoulder pads.
- You can wear colourful jackets and coats with interesting necklines to bring the observer's eyes up from the hip area.
- You can wear shoulder epaulets and sleeve details well as these balance the hips.
- Don't wear small collars and sloppy shoulders as these will only serve to emphasise your narrow shoulders
- Don't wear V-necks or crew necklines as these will narrow your shoulders more, as will thin lapels.
- Don't end your jackets at the widest part of your hips - make them shorter to end at a narrower part or nearer you waist level.
Do have a lovely evening, wherever you are,
Sarah Liz :-)