How to dress for your body shape: The ladies edition

Petite, curvy or lithe and lanky, celebrate your unique individual body shape with these sure-to-flatter style tips. 

Lanky and Lithe
Lanky and Lithe
10/07/2017

Lanky and Lithe

Celeb inspiration: Carrie Wong

What it mean: Who needs style tips when you’re lithe and lean like a model, you might ask. Although those blessed with this body shape have fewer styling challenges, the choice of clothes can be the crucial difference between elegant and gawky.

Try this:
Zara Long Strappy Dress with Frill, $29.90

Photo: Instagram/@carriewst

Lanky and Lithe
Lanky and Lithe
10/07/2017

Lanky and Lithe

Style tips: Lanky frames wear most clothes well, but are particularly striking in drapey cuts and soft, slinky fabrics. Long jumpsuits and maxi dresses give an airy feel and makes the torso look lithe and long. 

Try this:
H&M Lyocell-blend jumpsuit, $99.90

Petite and curvy
Petite and curvy
10/07/2017

Petite and curvy

Celeb inspiration: Simone Heng

What it means: People tend to assume that petite naturally means that one is pint-sized – everywhere - but that’s clearly not the case. Petite girls can also be curvalicious. Just look to Simone, who boasts serious bombshell curves. The challenge is that petite, curvy girls can look round if they don’t dress to flatter their particular body shape – or tend to put on weight around the middle like a classic ‘apple’ body shape. 

Try this:
ASOS Petite Gold Bar Halter Maxi Dress, $49.57

Photo: Instagram/@simoneheng

Petite and curvy
Petite and curvy
10/07/2017

Petite and curvy

Style tips: Pick clothes that accentuate your waist, or throw on a belt to give definition to a shapeless, flowy dress that can make you look rotund or, worse, shorter than you are. Also, don’t be afraid to show off some (OK, a lot of) skin, especially the legs and at the décollete as it will optically make you look taller and slimmer. 

Try this: 
ASOS Denim Shorts With Shredded Rips in Lillian Mid Wash Blue, $60.34

Photo: Instagram/@simoneheng

Petite
Petite
10/07/2017

Petite

Celeb inspiration: Jeanette Aw

What it means: Petite girls who veer towards a naturally slim and athletic body are in the enviable position of being able to wear just about anything, except possibly shapeless, full-length dresses that will emphasise the lack of height.

Try this: 
PrettyLittleThing Frill Detail One Shoulder Midi Dress, $60.34, from ASOS

Photo: Instagram/@jeanetteaw

Petite
Petite
10/07/2017

Petite

Style tips: Lightweight fabrics and body-skimming cuts tend to be the most flattering for petite girls, as is high hemlines as it gives the illusion of length. Interesting details like frills, texture and ruffles (especially around the chest area) are useful for adding curves and playfulness to a look, while high-cut playsuits are casual yet feminine. 

Try this: 
Love, Bonito Tarelia Printed Sash Playsuit, $45.90

Photo: Instagram/@jeanetteaw

Bombshell
Bombshell
10/07/2017

Bombshell

Celeb inspiration: Yasminne Cheng

What it means: Having a Marilyn Monroe-esque hourglass figure is most definitely a blessing, but it also requires some clever styling to flatter your generous curves. Refrain from showing off too much bare skin, but keeping all covered up will also increase the illusion of bulk. Opt for a strategic flash of skin on the décolleté and legs to keep things optically balanced.

Try this:
ASOS SALON Embroidered Floral Midi Dress with Contrast Straps, $183.18

Photo: Instagram/@yasminnecheng

Bombshell
Bombshell
10/07/2017

Bombshell

Style tips: As all curvy girls know, emphasising the waist is key to looking sexy as opposed to just fleshy. Dresses and tops with nipped-in waists are perfect for accentuating an hourglass figure, or simply throw on a belt or tie a sweater around the waist like Yaz does here.

Try this: 
Topshop Bardot Textured Bodycon Dress, $39

Photo: Instagram/@yasminnecheng

Bootylicious
Bootylicious
10/07/2017

Bootylicious

Celeb inspiration: Belinda Lee

What it means: A bottom-heavy figure is sensual and on-trend at the moment, thanks to the Kardashians.

Style tips: Most bottom-heavy girls tend to try and skim over their bottom half with loose-fitting outfits, which tend to be particularly unflattering on curves. Embrace your natural voluptuousness with a booty-enhancing flared skirt and form-fitting top (or a body-con midi dress like Belinda), or go for a long-line jacket or blazer to make the silhouette look more streamlined.

Try this:
Zara Flowy Double-Breasted Blazer in Maroon, $139
Isabel Marant Etoile Newt Flared Skirt, $231, from MyTheresa.com

Photo: Instagram/@leebelinda

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