Christmas Wardrobe: The Best Dress Shape for Your Body

More tips to help you decide what to wear from Colour Me Beautiful.  Today it's the best dress shape for your body.

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You should be aiming to dress the shape you have, rather than the body you would like - and the overall intent is to create the impression of a proportionally balanced shape above and below the waist.​

Gillian Lewis Spectrum - trained by Colour Me Beautiful

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What dress shapes should you choose for your body?

Neat Hourglass

Lucky you! You have a balanced body with your top and bottom half in proportion so you can wear pretty much any dress shape but ideally you want something shaped. Choose a dress that will show off your body with a dress that defines your waist, enhances your bust and highlights your hips and bottom.

These are a few styles you could look for:

Best Dress Shape for Your Body - Neat Hourglass - a Colour Me Beautiful Blog Post

Full Hourglass

Wow! You have the most feminine body shape with full curves in all the right places. Choose dresses that are fluid and shaped so you can accentuate your curves rather than cover them up. Think wrap, bias or soft pleats.

Here are a few styles for you to consider:

Full Hourglass Dress Shape for your Body

Triangle

Great! You can bring all the attention to the top half of your body. You are often referred to as pear shaped, so with your choice of dress you should aim to accentuate your bust and minimize your bottom and hips. Think embellishment on the top and no detail on the bottom half. You might even prefer separates.

Here are some ideas for you:

Best Dress Shape for Triangle Body Shape - a blog post by Colour Me Beautiful Image Consultant Gillian Lewis: Spectrum

Oval

Brilliant! Proportionally you have a flat bottom and hips. Your problem area is your central torso, so, wherever possible use accessories to draw the eye to the area above your bust and below your hips. Your aim is to give the impression of a slightly longer body. Choose something A-line, wrap or a drop waistline.

Have a look at these:

Best Dress Shape for Oval Body, a blog post by Colour Me Beautiful trained Image Consultant Gillian Lewis: Spectrum

Rectangle

Lucky you! You are the one with the flat hips and a flat bottom. However, some rectangles will also have a fuller bust, which gives a softer edge to their shape. Your main aim is to soften those edges even more and create the appearance of curves. Choose simple, straight lines or shift dresses.

What do you think of these for your shape:

Best Dress Shapes for Rectangle Body, a blog post by Colour Me Beautiful trained Image Consultant Gillian Lewis: Spectrum

Inverted Triangle

Magnificent! You have great shoulders – halternecks are made for you, To balance the upper and lower parts of your body, you need to highlight your hips and bottom, focusing all attention below your waist. Go for simple straight lines, shift dresses or choose separates.

How about these dresses for you:

Best Dress Shapes for Inverted triangle body shape, a blog post by Colour Me Beautiful trained Image Consultant Gillian Lewis: Spectrum

If you're not sure what your Body Shape is, book yourself a consultation

Knowing the colours and styles of clothes that work to enhance you makes it so much easier to choose clothes.

I'd love to hear your comments on this post

Gillian Lewis
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Gillian Lewis

Self Image Coach at Gillian Lewis: Spectrum Coaching and Consultancy based in Darlington, County Durham, UK
What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles.Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect.Sometimes it's serious.Sometimes it's just fun.Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience.If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you 😀
Gillian Lewis
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About Gillian Lewis

What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles. Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect. Sometimes it's serious. Sometimes it's just fun. Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience. If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you :-D