Shaping UP

We all come in different shapes and sizes which are all beautiful and unique. However dressing for your figure can be sometimes challenging when the current trends do not favour or flatter. The trick to looking and feeling fabulous in the fashion trends is to identify your body shape.

Knowing your body shape is like foundation to your make up. You need to start from the base. Once we know this, we can then find clothing which is designed to bring out your best assets.

There are five key body shapes and tips and tricks for how to dress for each body shape.

So let’s find out what you are.


The Pear

You have narrow shoulders with a smaller bust. Your waist is small and your hips and thighs are wider than your shoulders.

What to Wear

  • Dress: Empire waisted dresses with v-neck. Wrap style with a A-line full skirt.
  • Tops: Visually accentuate and widen the shoulder to accentuate your waistline. Large V or U-necks, sweetheart and boat necklines. Jackets which finish at the smallest point.
  • Skirts/Trousers: A-line skirts or pencil skirts that are fitted at the hip. Jeans with a wide-leg or straight-leg. Trousers straight-leg or boot cut with minimal pocket detail.
  • Shoes: Wedges heels to lengthen your figure. Boots that cut off just under the knee.


The Column (Banana)

Your bust and shoulders are the same width as your hipline. You have little waist definition and a smaller bust.

What to Wear

  • Dress: Shift Dress with a defined waist and a pencil skirt finished to make the bust visually bigger.
  • Tops: Tops which are floaty around the bust and are mid-hip length. Embellishments or detail around the bust and shoulder.  Double breasted jackets and denim jackets.
  • Skirts/Trousers: Pencil and A-line skits with cinched in waists. Jeans that are low-rise and figure hugging. Trousers with back pocket detail.
  • Shoes: Block heel shoes and ankle boot.


The Apple

You have slender legs and arms with a bigger bust. Your waistline has little definition, and you have wide shoulders and back.

What to Wear

  • Dress: Visually elongate and make the silhouette thinner in an empire seam dress with a A-line full skirt.
  • Tops: Wide and deep v-necklines. Semi fitted tops underneath your bust. Tailored jackets or trapeze coats that fall below the waist or mid-thigh.
  • Skirts/Trousers: Straight or pencil skirts with structure, keep skirts to knee-length. Trousers with a high waistline which are relaxed and have a bit of stretch. Jeans are straight leg or bootcut.
  • Shoes: Wedges heels. Strappy sandals and ballet flats. Calf length boots.


The Hourglass

Your shoulders and hips are in line and your waist is well-defined.

What to Wear

  • Dress: Fit and flare, wrap dresses with scooped & V-neck that follows your curves and highlights the waist.
  • Tops: Scooped and V-necklines, tops that sit at the waist. Clean lined jackets which are well cut and fitted.
  • Skirts/Trousers: High waisted pencil and A-line skirts. Trousers with a straight cut with a low waist. Jeans that are fitted around the hips and backside.
  • Shoes: Round toe with elegant heels. Knee-high boots, stiletto and peep toe or rounded toe.


The Strawberry

Sometimes known as the inverted triangle. Your shoulders are wider than your hips, and you have little definition in your waist with flat hips and bottom.

What to Wear

  • Dress: Visually make the top part of the body smaller. Simple straight lines with basque waist detail.
  • Tops: V-necks and open necklines. Strapless or empire-waist tops. Add a large belt for detail. Jackets with a straight cut which taper towards the hem line.
  • Skirts/Trousers: A-line skits or which flare at the hem. Relaxed fitting pants with pocket detail. Jeans are tailored with a boot-cut hem.
  • Shoes: Delicate and slim heels. Sandals with embellishments.


Once you have identified which shape you are, take these tips on your next shopping trip and before you know it you’ll be looking and feeling amazing in the new seasons trends.


Published by

Lisa Robyn Style

Fashion and Styling Advice

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s