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Male body shapes

‘Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions’ – Coco Chanel.

  1. Athletic shape:

This male body shape is not too tall nor too short, not too heavy nor too thin. Most clothing fits this body shape and most male models fall into this category. The athletic man looks great in most styles.

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2. Tall shape:

This body shape needs an excellent fit through clothes. It is important for every detail to be in proportion with the height and to have a well balanced effect.

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3. Short shape:

The short man needs his fashion stylist to streamline clothes and create an image to increase the height. The goal is to appear instantly taller.

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4. Heavy:

This body shape has a larger waist than chest. The problem in dressing this shape is when finding clothes that do not make the heavy man appear larger than he is. The key is to find the right styles and colours that flatter the client and his personality.

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5. Thin

The thin man needs to be encouraged to add weight to his frame through his clothes. A thin man needs to be aware of the fit of his clothing. Great styling tactics will add presence to the thin man’s appearance.

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Female body shapes

‘Highlight the positive and delete the negative’ – Donna Karan.

  • SLIM/SLENDER/ATHLETIC

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This body shape is slim with small breasts and narrow hips or athletic with a defined toned body and narrow hips. Most clothes look good on this body shape which is why most models fall into this category.

  • TOP HEAVY

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This body shape comprises of a large bust with a defined waist and small hips. This shape has the shoulders and bust much wider than the bottom half. The top heavy body shape is sometimes also known as the inverted triangle.

  • PEAR

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The pear shape is defined by a small bust, curvy hips and is usually bottom heavy. The key is to work with the heavier bottom half to achieve an all over balanced look by slimming down the hips and bottom area and draw attention to the top half of the body.

  • HOURGLASS

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This shape is naturally curvy with medium to wide shoulders, fuller bust, defined short waist and curvy hips. The hourglass shape is evenly proportioned all over, most plus sized models usually fall into this category.

  • APPLE

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The apple shape usually comprises of small shoulders, big bust and a large tummy area with no waistline, slim legs and arms. This is one of the most challenging body types to dress but also one of the easiest when it comes to disguising problem areas.

‘Accentuate your best features and disguise what you are not so happy with.
Choose outfits that fit and make you look comfortable rather than those that are up to the
minute’ – Giorgio Armani.

I am a Pear. What shape are you?

Fashion Diva of the Week (Lilian)

Our fashion diva of the week is the beautiful Lilian Nnaegbuna from London.

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Lilian is wearing a frill shirt from T M Lewin, a high waist long trouser from Zara, silver peep toe shoes also from Zara.

She accessorised her look with silver earrings from Dorothy Perkins. One word – Sophisticated.

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Here, Lilian is dressed in a long fitted blue dress From Cocosa by Mikael Aghal.

She accessorised her look with earrings and neck piece from French Connection, her beautiful fascinator is from New look and a silver watch from Michael Kors.

One word – Beautiful.

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I love this playful look.

The tank top is from H & M, the jeans jacket is from New look, trouser is from Gap and cream flats from Dune.

She accessorised this look with earrings from Dorothy Perkins, sunglasses by Ralph Lauren and a watch from AX Paris.

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For her final look, Lilian is wearing a black dress from Lipsy, black tights from Primark, black boots from Matalan.

She accessorised this look with a brooch from Dorothy Perkins.

I love all four looks.

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