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Tips for selecting the right clothes for your body shape

May 11, 2018
Tips for selecting the right clothes for your body shape

Window shopping is easy when visiting one of your favourite clothing shops in South Africa. However, when it comes to actually trying that cute little black number on with your new pair of suede heels, it’s not as perfect as you anticipated it to be. Do not let this hurt your feelings. It doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with your body, it just means that the dress wasn’t made to suit your body shape.

As it stands, you probably know what looks best on you, but learning more about your figure will make it easier to switch between outfits with confidence. Not only will you learn how to mix and match properly, but you’ll be able to shop more accurately rather than just buying them simply because they’re trendy.

Here are the different types of body shapes, and what to shop for at clothing stores in Cape Town.

  • Apple-shaped body

An apple shape body type means that you’re top heavy. For example, you have a wide torso, broad shoulders and a full bust, waist and upper back. However, your legs, waistline and arms are considered to be much smaller than the rest of your body. It is advised that to make your most of your features, you should draw attention away from your midsection and explore dress types such as v-neck, wrap dresses or even a-line dresses. Make sure that you choose tops that cover your stomach area and extend below your hips. And completely avoid wearing double-breasted jackets and clingy tops. As for your jeans, opt for bootleg jeans and if you want to wear a belt, try and wear one below your bust. This will give off the illusion that you have more curves than you do, giving you the opportunity to minimise your waist area.

A pear-shaped body type is typically one of the most common female body types out there.The way it looks is that your waist and hips are wider than your shoulders, and your breasts and upper body are usually quite small. In order to enhance your body shape and size, visit different clothing shops in Cape Town to purchase a selection of scarves and chunky necklaces to highlight your shoulders to balance out your body. It is recommended that you wear darker colours on your legs and colourful tops on your top-half. Also avoid skinny jeans as this will simply enhance your waistline and hips even more.

  • Rectangular body shape

Also known as the “normal” body size, this shape means that your shoulders are slightly bigger or the same width as your bottom half of your body. These body types don’t have natural curves, therefore you need to make use of the right kind of clothing and accessories to create curves. For example, wear a belt in the narrowest area of your waist or opt for a wrap dress as it will make your waist area look smaller. If you wear peplum tops, it’ll give your body the illusion that you have an hourglass shape. Try and wear tight-fitting clothing, otherwise you might come across as looking slightly masculine. By this, it means rather wear boot leg or skinny jeans over boyfriend jeans. Baggy clothing should be avoided at all times.

  • Hourglass shape

An hourglass shaped body is extremely curvy. You have a tiny waist and a bigger hip and bum area. The best way to show off your figure is to avoid wearing baggy clothing and wear items that hug your hips and bust. More often than not, you will have a big bust too, so be careful when you shop for padded cups or unstructured bras at the different clothing shops in South Africa because they could make your boobs look out of proportion or droopy. As for the dress type, choose v-neck tops and dresses that accentuate your breasts and hug your waist.

Final words

Dressing for your body type is the first step to feeling sexy and comfortable in your skin. Sometimes, what suits other people might not suit you. And that is okay. The older you get, the more you learn to understand the importance of dressing for your body shape and highlighting your best features. You always need to focus on the advantages and try and change up your style to enhance those advantages. When you wear items that suit you, not only will you feel better about yourself, but you will also look better to other people. We all have a unique and different body type, so don’t beat yourself up about the fact that you cannot wear a skin-tight bodycon dress like your bestie. It’s terribly easy to choose the wrong items for your body, so make sure you have an understanding of your type and what to buy that is best for YOU.


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