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1 Body Silhouettes and Face Shapes Fashion Strategies

2 Shape Connecting lines that enclose space Connecting lines that enclose space In fashion we consider 2 factors In fashion we consider 2 factors Figure type = silhouette Figure type = silhouette Garment shape Garment shape The two are related The two are related

3 Body Types - Rectangle undefined waist undefined waist similar bust, waist, and hip measurements similar bust, waist, and hip measurements waist no more than 8 inches different from your hips or bust waist no more than 8 inches different from your hips or bust arms and legs that are slimmer than their body type arms and legs that are slimmer than their body type usually don’t have thigh bulges usually don’t have thigh bulges

4 Rectangle Do: Do: Wear clothing that falls smoothly and gently over the midriff Wear clothing that falls smoothly and gently over the midriff Look for styles that lend an illusion of an indented waist or flow past it altogether. Look for styles that lend an illusion of an indented waist or flow past it altogether. Wear dropped waist styles and adjustable or hip-slung belts. Wear dropped waist styles and adjustable or hip-slung belts. Keep necklines and shoulder area interesting Keep necklines and shoulder area interesting Reinforce the vertical line in soft fabrics and flowing lines Reinforce the vertical line in soft fabrics and flowing lines Wear knits. Wear knits. Don’t: Don’t: Wear boxy, stiff shapes that reinforce your straight lines. Wear boxy, stiff shapes that reinforce your straight lines.

5 Rectangle

6 Body Type - Triangle wider hips and thighs than shoulders and bust Wider hips wider hips and thighs than shoulders and bust Wider hips curvy lower hips and rear are the biggest part of the body curvy lower hips and rear are the biggest part of the body bust and shoulders may be on the smaller side bust and shoulders may be on the smaller side face and neck are slender in relation to the overall body size face and neck are slender in relation to the overall body size

7 Triangle (Pear) Do: Do: Focus the attention above the waist with color, line, and detail Focus the attention above the waist with color, line, and detail Wear separates Wear separates Wear light, bright colors that attract the eye above the waist. Wear light, bright colors that attract the eye above the waist. wear dark colors below the waist and softly pleated skirts or pants or flat-front pants wear dark colors below the waist and softly pleated skirts or pants or flat-front pants Use shoulder pads Use shoulder pads Don’t: Don’t: Wear light, bright colored or print skirts or slacks and dark tops. Wear light, bright colored or print skirts or slacks and dark tops. Wear skimpy tops. Wear skimpy tops. Wear stiff, thick fabric skirts or pants – all fabrics should be soft and drape well. Wear stiff, thick fabric skirts or pants – all fabrics should be soft and drape well. Wear short skirts (short skirts can work only if the legs aren’t extra heavy and dark hose are worn) Wear short skirts (short skirts can work only if the legs aren’t extra heavy and dark hose are worn) Flat shoes (unless having comfortable feet wins out over dressing for your body type). Flat shoes (unless having comfortable feet wins out over dressing for your body type).

8 Triangle

9 Body Type – Inverted Triangle full bust, shoulders, and upper back full bust, shoulders, and upper back Narrow hips Narrow hips bust and/or midriff is larger than the hips producing a natural wedge shape bust and/or midriff is larger than the hips producing a natural wedge shape

10 Inverted Triangle (Euro V) Do: Dress your body in shapes that work with, not against, your own natural wedge shape. Focus attention either at the should/neck/face area, or at your hip and thigh/leg area. Wear wedge-shaped dresses with shoulder attention and a narrow hem. Dress your body in shapes that work with, not against, your own natural wedge shape. Focus attention either at the should/neck/face area, or at your hip and thigh/leg area. Wear wedge-shaped dresses with shoulder attention and a narrow hem. Wear long over lean outfits. (long blouson tops and leggings or a narrow skirt) Wear long over lean outfits. (long blouson tops and leggings or a narrow skirt) Wear monochromatic outfits. Wear monochromatic outfits. If you wear prints, wear them all over or on the bottom half with a long jacket to cover. If you wear prints, wear them all over or on the bottom half with a long jacket to cover. Use necklines or scarves to create long, vertical lines, but be sure that they hang against the body and don’t cascade over the bosom into empty space. Use necklines or scarves to create long, vertical lines, but be sure that they hang against the body and don’t cascade over the bosom into empty space. Don’t: Wear set-in waists and belts Wear set-in waists and belts Wear fitted jackets and tops. Wear fitted jackets and tops.

11 Inverted Triangle

12 Body Type - Hourglass figure is curvy figure is curvy hips and shoulders about the same width hips and shoulders about the same width waist is well defined - about 9 inches smaller than bust or hips waist is well defined - about 9 inches smaller than bust or hips

13 Hourglass Do: Call attention to your well-defined waist. Call attention to your well-defined waist. Deemphasize your ample bust line so as to not appear top-heavy. Deemphasize your ample bust line so as to not appear top-heavy. Wear soft, flowing, or “drape-able” fabrics and lines that acknowledge your shape without adding bulk. Wear soft, flowing, or “drape-able” fabrics and lines that acknowledge your shape without adding bulk. Wear a slightly narrower skirt to balance your upper and lower torso. Wear a slightly narrower skirt to balance your upper and lower torso. If you are very curvy, soften the line with long open over blouses, cardigans, and soft jackets that flow in a line from shoulder to thigh. If you are very curvy, soften the line with long open over blouses, cardigans, and soft jackets that flow in a line from shoulder to thigh.Don’t: Wear overtly sexy outfits with clingy, body-hugging shapes. Wear overtly sexy outfits with clingy, body-hugging shapes. Confine your curves into tailored, boxy clothes that broaden you. Confine your curves into tailored, boxy clothes that broaden you. Wear very full skirts Wear very full skirts

14 Hourglass Hourglass

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