Let’s be honest. It doesn’t matter if you’re slender, curvy, pear-shaped, hourglass, straight up and down, etc., it can get confusing trying to choose the most flattering garments for your body type. Most of us know exactly what colors look best on us but how about the cut of the piece? There are universal designs that look amazing on every woman’s figure, and our stylists have some excellent tips to help you out.
Another universal piece that flatters women is the a-line silhouette in dresses and skirts. Its timeless design actually debuted at the Dior Spring 1955 collection and was a major hit. From there, Yves St. Laurent refined the look, and it never disappeared from fashion houses worldwide. The a-line style with its recognizable fit and flare construction enhances every female body type on the planet. The garment in a dress or skirt is designed to be fitted at the waist and flow out from there toward the floor.
Today, a-line fashion is described as a piece that is wider at the hem than the top (shoulder, bust or waist). It is a very feminine style of fashion.
Here are two more styles of clothing that flatter a woman’s body, and they include the v-neck and surplice necklines. Many of us already own several tops in these designs already, and for good reason. A v-neck top sounds simple enough, but it can add to your ensemble in a fashionable way. For example, this style of top creates a longer neckline and draws the eye vertically along the body. A surplice neckline also looks great on the female figure with its beautiful wrap style to give the illusion of or definition to a smaller waist. It is also a classic, slimming piece for your wardrobe.
Nipped Waist Blazer
If you add a piece like this to your wardrobe, you will be creating tons of versatility for your ensembles. A blazer or jacket with single button styling that falls at about hip length is the best place to start. Choosing one with a nipped waist looks attractive on every female figure. By accentuating the waist with a slightly fitted design, you are adding good balance to your outfit and putting the spotlight on an hourglass shape.
Ankle pants hit right at or above your ankle and look fab on women of all shapes, sizes and heights. Best of all, when it comes to choosing the right footwear for this style, the sky’s the limit. In other words, any shoe with almost any height heel flatters the ankle pant and your silhouette, but avoid stiletto heels because it will cause your outfit to look “unbalanced.” Ankle-length pants such as the Zac and Rachel pants can work nicely for casual to business casual to business formal with the right combination.
Boot Cut Jeans
Your favorite jeans come in many styles, and some of these looks come and go, but the boot cut pair is timeless and looks attractive on all silhouettes. Iconic model Cindy Crawford and “Top Chef’s” Padma Lakshmi are often photographed wearing boot cut jeans because the construction and cut of this denim are very flattering. Boot cut jeans are fitted but never tight and allow excellent movement and comfort and hide any imperfections you may have. Every woman’s body in the universe will appear instantly longer and sleeker in a pair of boot cut jeans. The slight A-line at the bottom of this style makes your calves and thighs look thinner and is the perfect place to hide a heel.
Boot cut jeans come in tons of washes with all kinds of details and happen to be a hot trend this spring. Meanwhile, the skinny jean is taking a break and not as big a deal this season.
We all dress to impress, to feel comfortable and to look incredible, right? That’s called personal style, but sometimes, it’s not so easy to find pieces that look good on us no matter what size, weight or height we are. Knowing that universally-flattering garments exist can make choosing your wardrobe favorites a bit simpler.