Different Body Shape for Women
Lecturer, Dept. of Fashion Design
KCC Women’s College (Affiliated by Khulna University)
Body Shape for Women:
An advantage of making your own clothes is that you can tailor them to your own body measurements; however, it’s also important to select clothing styles that will work for you. When buying sewing patterns, think about your body shape and which clothing styles will complement it. Here, some general shapes are outlined which will help you to find the best look for body shape for women.
Types of body Shape for women:
- Top-heavy triangle
- Circle (apple)
- Tall, narrow rectangle or column
- Bottom-heavy triangle (pear)
1. Top-heavy triangle:
Smooth, clean lines above the waist to minimize the width across the shoulders and bust. Careful choice of collar and neckline, avoiding fussy details, is advisable. Plain fabrics or small prints and light textures are suitable.
Cap sleeves, puff sleeves and epaulettes. Keep sleeve designs simple. High-waist styles or those with a yoke should be avoided, as well as gathered waists and frills.
2. Circle (apple):
Tops, jackets and dresses with pretty necklines that will draw the eye up and away from the waist. Scarves, jewellery and shoes will also achieve this distraction. Choose tops and jackets in soft fabrics that layer over the waist.
Avoid tops and dresses that cling to the body. Do not draw attention to the waist with belts or styles that are obviously waist-focused. Keep clear of bright colors, especially in the middle of the body, and avoid cropped tops.
Styles that draw attention away from the center of the body and do not cut through the waist with a belt, band or seam. Dresses or tunics are suitable, and skirts and trousers worn with longer length tops look good. Chunky necklaces and earrings draw attention away from the waist too.
4. Tall, narrow rectangle or column:
Styles with detail at the bust and hip to create the illusion of shape. Choose fabrics with texture and pattern, such as chunky knitwear, fine wools, silks and satins.
Close-fitting pencil skirts, slim shape straight trousers and figure hugging T-shirts, which accentuate the long and narrow nature of this figure type.
Soft styles that drape over the body rather than tailored styles that may appear too large. Flowing fabrics in jersey knits or bias-cut styles will enhance an hourglass figure. Plain fabrics or fine patterns will be suitable.
Crisp fabrics and boxy jackets, which are too angular for a curvy shape. Straight, shapeless dresses will do nothing for an hourglass shape. Large patterns, heavy textures and checks add width to the body shape, so should be avoided.
6. Bottom-heavy triangle (pear):
Tops and jackets with details such as pockets, frills and embroidery that will add interest and draw the eye up and away from the hip area. Careful attention to length is important, and horizontal lines should not cut across the hip, as this accentuates the problem.
Halter neck and high-neck bodices, which emphasize narrow shoulders and a flat chest. Narrow, tapered to-the-ankle trousers and leggings are unflattering, especially when worn with baggy tops that make the silhouette appear larger and heavier.