Dressing for Your Body Type

Here's a Quick Reference Tool

Dressing for your body type might become easier when you review the body shape fashion advice tips and strategies on the following chart...it's a quick reference tool (if you'd prefer to read the details for yourself, click here). Since some folks like things to be more detailed than other people do and some people are more visual than other people, rather than using lengthy text, following is a chart that highlights which silhouettes and styles emphasize or de-emphsize specific areas of various women's body types...it makes dressing for different body types actionable.

True Style Studio Body Shape Fashion Advice Matrix

The following True Style Studio woman's body type fashion advice matrix is divided into columns and rows. The columns indicate the silhouette or style being considered and the rows outline the various elements of a woman's body being considered.

What It Means

D's indicate that a specific style will de-emphasize the specific elements of female body shapes for that specific row.

An E indicates that the style will emphasize the specific aspect of a woman's body type being considered.

Empty boxes? If there isn't a "D" or an "E" in a cell, in general, the style may have a neutral impact on the presentation of that specific area of the body.

The Matrix Is Growing

We'll continue adding to the woman body shapes fashion advice matrix until we've included jackets, pants, sleeves, collars, necklines, and skirts.

Ready to get a quick overview for dressing for your body type?

Let's start with dress silhouettes...




Dress Silhouettes

Dressing for Different Body Types

Style A-Line Blouson Empire Low-Waist Princess Shift Wrap
Narrow Shoulders
E
Broad Shoulders
E
Small Bust
E
D
Large Bust
D
D
E
D
D
Short Torso
D
E
D
D
D
D
Long Torso
D
D
D
Narrower Waist
Wider Waist
D
D
E
E
Small Hips
Large Hips
D
Slender Frame
D
Voluptuous Frame
D
E
D
D

D = De-emphasis; E = Emphasis...for example, a wrap dress silhouette may emphasize narrow shoulders, potentially making them appear more narrow; yet an A-line dress silhouette can place less emphasis/focus on a large bust area, which is usually a savvy objective in the workplace.




Skirt Silhouettes

Dressing Different Body Types




Pants Silhouettes

Dressing for Your Body Type

Style
Bermuda Shorts
Capris Culottes Jumpsuit Pants Shorts
Short Torso
D
D
Long Torso
E
D
Small Hips
D
D
D
D
D
Large Hips
D
E
Shorter Legs
D
Longer Legs
D
D
E
Slender Frame
D
D
D
D
D
Voluptuous Frame
E
E

D = De-emphasis; E = Emphasis...for example, capris can de-emphasize the length of longer legs, potentially making them look a bit less leggy; yet they may emphasize the length of a longer torso and may make it appear even longer.



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