People come in different shapes and sizes, and the most important role of our wardrobe is to make us look and feel good no matter the size and body type. Most of us have favourite parts of our body - and probably a couple of least favourite parts as well. It all comes down to knowing how to dress for your body type so that you always feel amazing in your own skin.
THE Upper ARms
The soft draped sleeve can do amazing things for your upper arms. The soft drape covers the inside of the arm and makes your arms look slimmer.
The bat sleeve is also a great example of a sleeve that hides the upper arms and shows off the wrist, a quite narrow part of the body. Both types of sleeves are comfortable to wear both during the summer and winter.
What you should avoid if your upper arms are a sore spot are narrow sleeves, the cap sleeve or the t-shirt that cuts right across the widest part of the upper arm.
The soft draped sleeve on a beautiful top from Veronica B. Vallenes.
The batwing sleeve on a wonderful silk blouse from Veronica B. Vallenes
The thigh area is one of the most easiest areas to work with. A dress is a lifesaver in this case. But when it comes to choosing the right dress, just make sure that the dress has a straight or flared cut from the hips down and either stop at the knees or just below the knees. Always make sure to avoid that mid-thigh length. The same goes for skirts - avoid pencil skirts and skirts in jersey fabrics that cling to the body.
Pants can be tricky, but a good pointer is to avoid slim jeans and pants. Instead go for a style that is fitted across the hips and just below the hips with a straight silhouette from the hips down, or one that just slightly follows the shape of the leg down, but allows for enough space around the thigh and a loose fit around the knee and calf area. A low waist is not going to be your friend, but a high waist or regular will make your legs look longer.
The Boris Trouser by Stylein is fitted at the hip and has a straight cut. Can be worn with flats or a pair of heels if you want to make your legs look even longer.
The Marta Shirt Dress by Rodebjer cuts just below the knees and the belt highlights your waist.
If you have a great waist don't hide it, but make sure to keep the balance between waist and hips. If you have wide hips, then highlighting the waist might also highlight the hip area.
If you are slightly more straightly built, then I recommend you to go for a more straight cut silhouette that can hide your waist and draw focus to other areas of the body. When it comes to shape of shirts and tops it's a good idea to go for light fabrics that drape and help to create the illusion of a waistline. And never tuck in your top, wear it loose or go for a slightly cropped blouse. The same of course goes for dresses. Wear a straight cut that can hide the waist but which still follows the body. When it comes to pants and skirts it's important to avoid the slim narrow fit since this will make you look bigger towards the top. Go for a fitted look around the hip and upper thigh area and then a straight cut or a fit that simply follows the legs without being slim. No matter if you are wearing a top or a dress, make sure to show off your ankles or wrists since these areas are often quite slim and bony and it will draw focus and balance out the straight cut perfectly.
The Silk Shirt by J. Lindeberg is made in a soft silk and has a loose shape that still drapes around the body and helps to enhance the waistline.
The Straight cut heavy viscose dress has a straight cut with details that draw attention to the arms and legs and away from the waist.
Large breasts can both be a curse and a blessing, and it's not all occasions where you want to have your breasts be the focus of attention. Always avoid roller-necks and crew-necks, these will only make your breasts look bigger and will even give you a upside down cone shape, that isn't flattering for anyone. Instead you should focus your attention on the deep v-neck style, with out showing too much cleavage. And instead of just going for the v-neck a beautiful wrap style can also do wonders, especially if it has a little bit of drape to it. The trick is to remove focus and elongate the upper body in order to make everything look slimmer and smaller. When wearing a shirt or shirt dress you can easily create the same effect simply by unbuttoning the two or three top buttons and make sure that the collar is small or even collarless.
As with everything else wide calves are pretty common and easy to fix. Straight-legged trousers are your best friend when it comes to hiding those calves. But even though you might have wide calves you don't have to be afraid to wear dresses and skirts. It's all about finding the right ones. The flared shape both in dresses and skirts can help create a bit of volume to make your calves look slim. And don't be afraid to go for something with a high waist or something that ends just below the knees. This will help elongate your lower body and make your calves look slimmer. A pair of stockings in a discreet dark colour that matches the skirt or dress can also hide those calves in a subtle and discreet way. Or you can go for a printed skirt to draw the attention.
The Marta Shirt Dress combined with a pair of leggings. The full shape of the shirt dress is a perfect way to hide those calves.
The straight-legged or slightly flared pants can be a great way to create a flattering silhouette. You should definitely avoid slim pants.
The dress is your best friend when it comes to hiding those extra centimeters around the hips. Go for a dress with a flared bottom and a fitted waist. Always make sure to avoid fitted shapes over the hips and avoid a silhouette that is fitted under hips and around the thigh area, this will only make your hip area look bigger. A flared skirt is also a great shape for you.
The dress with a fitted top and a full skirt that drapes around the hips are the perfect way to hide those extra centimeters around the hips.
The full flared skirt can easily hides the hip area and emphasizes the waist and a printed blouse can draw focus away from the hips.
Short legs can easily be dealt with, a pair of pants or short dresses can help to elongate those legs. A good arsenal of various heels and plateau shoes can help elongate those legs. Just make sure to always go for a great fit that supports the feet and that can be wearable for a longer period of time. There is no need to destroy your feet because you are wearing high heels that doesn't provide the necessary support. High waisted pants and a fitted shape is the perfect way to make those legs seem longer, make sure to wear short blouses or tug in your blouse. Your dresses should be short a fitted and with a high waist line. Go for a mid-thigh length or just above the knees.
Small breasts can easily be made bigger by wearing a push up, but you can also turn it into an advantage. By showing of a bit more skin by wearing a jacket without anything under. The deep plunging necklines can both be elegant and feminine with out becoming too much. But remember there is always the right place and right time for everything. So don't go to work braless unless it's suitable for your work.