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Dressing for your Body Shape this Winter

Dressing for your body shape takes time to slay, regardless of the season. You have to understand the ins and outs of your body shape, in order to dress it properly. Here are three tips you may find handy when dressing for your body shape this winter.

 

Dressing for your body shape with coats and jackets

It is getting chilly in Cheshire, so the winter jackets will be making appearance soon. When it comes to winter jackets, my advise is to spend a little bit extra so you are sure the winter jacket is a quality piece. You will be wearing a winter jacket every time you step out during winter, so it makes sense to take your time and shop for quality pieces. A wool or cashmere jacket will last year after year.

 

 

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It is best to avoid boxy styles, as they tend to make you look frumpy  Instead, opt for a winter jacket with a defined waist to suit most body shapes. Also, make sure the coat you go for fits properly. The best way to check the fit is to cross your arms in front of you. If you can do this with ease, then you most likely have the right fit.

 

Sweaters/Jumpers

Winter fashion is all about layering. The key layering is making sure you have the right layers of clothing in for your body shape so you don’t look bulky. The best way to go about this is to avoid fabrics that are super bulky, and go for streamlined silhouettes instead. This way you can ensure you stay warm under layers and look stylish.

 

Loose on Tight

Loose on Tight is one fashion tip for all seasons. The key here is to style a loose clothing with a tight piece to nail the chic look. For example, a loose jumper should be paired with skinny jeans to balance out the volume. A sweater dress should be styled with a pair of leggings to get the loose on tight look right.

 

These are a few of the tips for dressing for your body shape this winter. Do you have any fashion tips to share?

 

 

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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?

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