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Body Shape Guide – How to dress up your best features

Body Shape Guide – How to dress up your best features

Guest post by Lauren Jobling

Lauren runs the successful personal styling service The Wardrobe Doctor and has been helping women find their personal style for years. Although she does not exclusively recommend sustainable fashion brands, knowing what suits you best and what you'll feel great in is key to building a more thoughtful wardrobe. Here Lauren shares her tried and tested strategies to make women look amazing, whatever their bodyshape.

Having worked in fashion for nearly a decade, I know it's difficult to make clothing that fits everyone's body type – every woman has her unique shape. But once you know what styles flatter your figure, you will be on your way to find exactly the right cut, fit or piece for you. 

Each body shape has some beautiful features, so with a few simple guidelines, you can make every shape look amazing. 


If you are a pear shape, you are typically smaller at the top but slightly wider at the hips and thighs. If this is the case, then for the bottom part, i recommend going for a darker wash or black jean. Make sure they are high waisted, so they nip you in at the waist and make your legs appear longer and more in balance with your top half.








At the top, tuck in a button down blouse or V neck tee. Remember you have a slender upper body so wear tops to show off your décolletage. You can even wear shoulder pads if you like!  

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If you have a curvy, hourglass figure then in my eyes you're very lucky indeed. An hourglass figure means you are more in proportion. I would advise wearing V-neck tops and dresses which nip you in and highlight your slim waist. Wrap dresses that tie at the waist also help to streamline your thighs and accentuate your bust while also nipping you in at the waist.

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I would always advise going for more fitted and tailored styles. Do not go for babydoll dresses, high- necked tops and dresses with shapeless cuts. You can also wear tops that sit at the waist and high- waisted jeans.  

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If you're an apple then it means you hold most of your 'stuff' along the middle. This often means that you are smaller on the bottom and on the top. If you find dressing for this shape a little tricky, don't worry! I would recommend avoiding styles that accentuate the stomach area, for instance dropped waist pieces, or styles that have a rounded pattern on them. Neckline is really important too with apples so I would suggest opting for a soft V-neck, crew neck or just any neckline that's slightly wider. Roll necks and high necklines are a definite no no.

To start from the top: get yourself a good fitting bra, wear a V-neck tee, single (!) breasted blazer that buttons up underneath the bust and mid-to-high rise jeans or trousers. Be careful with sleeves too - I would avoid cap sleeves or bandeau style tops. Instead opt for long sleeves or a flattering ¾-length sleeve which elongates the arm. For trousers, go for flat fronted, if you can find them even a pair of trousers that do up at the side. This avoids any extra bulk at the front. For dresses, A line shapes actually work well as they skim over the belly at the sides and cinch you in under your bust.

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A boyish figure may be a dream to some people, but this shape can also be tricky to flatter due to the lack of definition. Boyish shape women typically have small bums, narrow hips, no waist and quite a small bust. So what you’ll want to do is to create definition and shape. Luckily for boyish figures they can pretty much wear any neckline they like, but, provided your bust is on the small side try high necklines, roll necks and casual round necklines. This will bring the attention away from your smaller chest but allow you to embrace more tailored tops.

For jackets or coats you can go for boucle style jackets (think Chanel), classic Pea coats and trench coats that you can belt at the waist. For jeans, you can go for skinny, high waisted, mid-waist jeans AND boot cut! Boot cut are great if you have a super slim figure as they add definition to your look. Try not to go oversized with your look as it will look like your drowning in your clothes. If you do, go baggy on top and tight on bottom, or the other way around. 

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This is what I am. If you’re like me, you are noticeably smaller on the bottom than you are on the top, so small legs, bum and hips BUT broad shoulders, big bust and slightly bigger upper arms. I always accentuate my slim legs - high waisted jeans work very well - and i even like a little front tuck action to create a bit more of a waist.

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I NEVER wear strapless tops or dresses as i'm too big on top and I avoid halter styles tops too. I do wear high neck tops, but only if it is fuss free at the top and not in too bright a colour. I love silk shirts that button down and sit at the hips. This then covers the stomach area but sits high enough to elongate the legs. For coats, i usually go for longline and single breasted so it skims the body. No shoulder pads! The last thing us cones need is something else to make us look bigger on top!  

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