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Dressing For Your Body Shape

Dressing For Your Body Shape
It is important to understand your body shape so that you can accentuate your favourite features. Every body shape is unique, and these guidelines are a good start to understanding the basics of dressing for your shape. Our Montique stylists have created some tips to help you shop for your body shape.

Montique’s Top Three Tips

There are a few universal tips that we recommend first that will help every shape create a proportioned frame: 
  1. Use your outfit to balance your body parts such as your shoulders, hips or bust. 
  2. Carefully consider colours, lines and patterns to draw the eye to areas you want to be focused on. This can help create curves, length, emphasise and even hide different body parts. 
  3. Do not forget that it is okay to break the rules sometimes, as long as you have fun, are playful with your choices and flaunt your body with confidence!
Hourglass figure
The hourglass body shape is defined by fuller hips and bust, with a well defined waist . Generally, you will have an evenly proportioned shoulder and hip area with a smaller midsection that creates the hourglass shape. Choose dresses that define your waist and hug your silhouette to show off your shape. A dress with an empire silhouette will highlight your natural waist and fabrics like a form-fitting jersey knit will show off your curves. A dress with a mermaid or flared style hem is a perfect choice for your figure as it highlights your shape.

Apple Shape

he apple body shape is similar to the hourglass shape, but is different as it is characterised by a fuller, less defined waistline. You will often have shoulders that are broader than your hips. For the apple body shape, highlight your bust and arm area and use structured fabrics like taffeta to streamline your look. An A-line silhouette will create shape beautifully with a flared style to accentuate your hips. Strapless styles work beautifully on apple shapes because they draw the eye to your shoulders. Wrap dresses are flattering and can be rocked in a bold pattern to highlight your shape. Dresses with an empire waist will create the illusion of a higher waist for a dramatic look.

Pear Shape
Pear Options

The Pear body shape is where your hip is wider in comparison to your bust and waist. Your waist will generally be narrower compared to your hips and your hips and thighs are fuller. For this shape, play with proportions that elongate your body and focus on styles with detailing at the bust and waist to draw attention to this area. Enhance the look of your upper body whilst emphasising your waist and hip area to create a balanced ensemble. A statement neckline, such as a halter neck, boat neck or off-the-shoulder style will help you highlight your waist as one of your best assets. A fuller skirt or flared style will also help balance out your proportions and divert attention to your waist and neckline. 

Column Shape

The rectangle or column shape is where your shoulders and hip measurements are fairly uniform. Your shape can be defined by a straight up and down figure. A plunging neckline is a dramatically gorgeous option for accentuating your rectangle shape. A sheath silhouette will elongate the figure and streamlines the bodice for a statuesque figure, whilst also helping to accentuate and show off your neckline. Styles that highlight your waist with detailing in that area like a peplum overlay will create the illusion of a defined waist. Flowing and ruched dresses that feature a belt will cinch the waist and create an hourglass shape.

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