Shape up your closet: finding the perfect fit for your body type
Issue date: 9/11/09 Section: Focus
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Women tend to fit into four distinct body types: apple, pear, straight, and hourglass. If you are apple-shaped, then you tend to have large shoulders and/or bust with excess weight that accumulates in the torso. If you are pear-shaped, then you appear narrow from the waist up and larger in the hips and thigh regions. A straight figure is generally a lean and long athletic build, in which weight is distributed evenly throughout the body. An hourglass figure, which is the most common amongst women, is defined by extra weight in the bust and hip areas. When shopping you should always consider a look that will fit your body properly no matter what the outfit is. Clothing that is too baggy or too tight is not flattering on anyone. Be aware of your size, which means don't buy size 10 jeans when you're really a size 6. The key is confidence and after you go shopping with me, you'll feel like Britney Spears circa 1999.
If you are apple-shaped, then you should play up their legs and focus on slimming the shoulders and torso. Check out photos of Drew Barrymore for inspiration. Blouses that are nipped at the waist paired with a flared skirt work great for a work outfit. Tuck the blouse into the skirt and add a fun belt for a convenient day-to- night look. For a more casual, going-to-an-8:30 a.m.-class outfit, try mid-rise jeans that are boot cut, worn with a V-neck top. The V-neck creates an illusion that makes the shoulders appear to be narrower. Try an American Apparel V-neck with any dark wash jean. It's so simple, but very chic at the same time. Dress it up with a printed scarf to really pump up the outfit. It is important to stick to dark and solid tops on an apple shaped figure because it balances the larger top with slimmer legs.