Choosing what to wear can be challenging, especially if you are looking for specific types of looks or styles. Luckily, the world of fashion has given us many styles to choose from, so you are never limited!
One of the key elements of fashion is matching colors. Whether it be herringbone print or stripes, how you match your clothes will show your personal style. For example, people who like minimalism will match all white clothing with black clothing to create a look.
Another part of fashion is proportions and silhouettes. How long or short your clothing is, and what shape your clothing has (such as baggy or fitted) all influence what look you are going for.
Overemphasized or extravagant shapes can be flattering, but only if the shape is consistent throughout the entire look
Looking great does not mean wearing a unique or special shape, it means wearing the right shape for your body type. For example, a pear shape can wear extravagant skirts and pant sets, but only if the edges are rounded and flowy.
Chunky sweaters or jackets can add a dimension to a flat-looking shoulders, while emphasizing broader shoulders.
Small frames can play up shorter length and thicker material to appear more substantial. Larger frames can play down length to appear more average size.
Narrow frames can play up broad elements like strong color patterns or heavy features to make the person look more substantial. Conversely, looking for light, airy fabrics can help conceal some features of the body.
Soft lines are always flattering
The way a garment is designed and constructed can really make or break a look. Soft lines are always flattering because they create shapes and shadows that emphasize the right parts of your body and downplay the not-so-fun parts.
For instance, tuck-free pleats create soft lines up and down the garment, creating shadows that mimic the shape of your body. This makes you look taller and more slimming.
The opposite is true for hard lines and sharp edges. These features can make you look boxy or frumpy, drawing attention to all the wrong places.
Tight lines are flirting, but only if the line is consistent throughout the entire look
Even if your look is full of tight lines, if the lines are not consistent, it looks less flattering.
For example, a white shirt with a tight cuff and slim shoulder line is flirting, but adding loose or baggy sleeves takes away from the flirtatious look.
A skirt with a tight waistline and flaring skirt does not look flirtatious with a fitted jacket. A more relaxed jacket looks more flattering.
Trousers with a tight fit does not look flattering with a loose shirt or sweater. A tighter-fitting top enhances the look of the trousers.
Dresses are already very flirting, so less formal dresses are fine! Just make sure your underwear is covered.
Dark colors will make you appear thinner
Dark colors will make you appear thinner because they hide your body shape. Black clothes will hide all color and reveal no shape, thus making you look taller and slimmer.
Black is a powerful color and wears you instead of you wearing it. It is a strong color that commands attention. When you wear black, people notice the color instead of your shape.
Other dark colors such as dark gray, navy, or deep brown also have this effect. Mixing them with light fabrics like cotton makes them more comfortable to wear as well.
Avoid using white clothing items as they make you look bigger due to the amount of space between fibers. Lighter colors also make your skin look darker, making it more difficult to spot details on your body.
Light colors will make you appear thinner
As mentioned before, darker colors can enhance your shape, but choosing the right color can also play a role in how you look in it.
White and light colored fabrics will make your body appear brighter and thinner. This is because you can see your body outline more clearly.
Dark colors will make your body look heavier and thicker. This is because the color covers your skin more, making your shape more pronounced. It could also be because it is harder to see your skin through the color, so you appear thicker.
Mixing light and dark colors also has this effect. If you have a lighter top half of your outfit and have a darker bottom half, it will look like you have two different bodies instead of just one!
These tips are very useful if you are trying to conceal any parts of your body that you do not like. Just make sure to do it in good quality materials so that you do not sweat through them.
Know which aspects of your body you want to highlight, and which you want to hide
A person’s body type can either empower or disempower them, depending on how they dress. If you are curvier, you can draw attention to your assets and minimize areas you are not happy with.
If you are thinner, you can play up the fact that you have a great figure and are very sleek. Neutral colors will make you look more put-together and interesting.
People who are broad should avoid tight clothing as this will emphasize this feature. Loose clothing will help hide this feature as it gets extra room around it.
People who are taller should avoid short sleeves and short skirts or pants, as these features will make the person look even shorter. Longer pieces of clothing such as skirts, dresses, and coats are more suited to them.
Pay attention to proportion and scale
Your clothing should look like it was made for you, not everyone else. Fashion is all about exploring new looks and trends, so there are infinite ways to do this.
As a rule, however, clothes should reflect your shape. For instance, if you have a short waist, then your skirts and pants should be tight at the waist with a flowy top section.
If you have a large bust, your shirts should be fitted there. And if you have a wider hip shape, your clothing should be loose there.
Some people may find it hard to find affordable pieces that fit well. If this is the case for you, try searching for cheaper alternatives that fit your shape better. You can always dress them up with some other items to create an updated look!
Also remember that color and texture are your friends when it comes to disguising shape flaws or emphasizing features.
Keep everything consistent throughout your outfit for consistency looks better than contrasting styles or patterns 10) Keep it simple; don’t overdo it with accessories or patterns
As mentioned before, proportion is very important when choosing your clothing size. However, proportion can be tricky when deciding whether or not an item of clothing is right for you.
For example, if you have a short stature and wide shoulders, then it is best to avoid tight tops as this will only emphasize your wide shoulders and make you look shorter and bigger.
Instead, choose loose tops that cover your shoulders to create a more harmonious look. The same goes for people who are heavier-set—avoid tight clothing that highlights your shape or reveals other unsightly details.
General tips: While these do not necessarily pertain to every body type, they are still helpful for making yourself look more flattering in clothes.