There is so much to feel optimistic about as we slowly approach the finishing line of lockdown: that long-awaited holiday, social engagements (within reason) or a new job, perhaps. Will our leap of faith over the final hurdle of lockdown take us to greener pastures? After almost a year behind closed doors, the time has finally come to reclaim our style and get back into shape. How? Please allow me to introduce myself.
As a style expert, my advice is to go back to basics. Separate your go-to wardrobe staples from the ones you no longer wear or would rather forget. If you have gained extra pounds during the lockdown, have no fear. Here are five essential tips on how to dress to complement your body type:
1.When choosing clothes, aim to create the illusion of having a balanced body. A petite bottom, hips, a defined waist and bust characterise a neat hourglass shape. Your golden rules include wearing clothes that define your waist in particular, i.e. a wrap dress or fitted jacket. Similarly, a man with an inverted triangle shape has a trim waist, narrow hips and a well-defined chest. ‘Every man should have at least one good suit and every woman at least one good jacket.’ It’s worth keeping a few tailored jackets for those warm but breezy summer evenings.
What is more, a tailored jacket or coat makes for a trans-seasonal wardrobe staple that complements most items, such as a basic t-shirt worn with a chunky necklace and jeans or a figure-hugging dress. Always remember to butter your wardrobe with essential items before adding the closet fillers. It would help if you avoided boxy jackets, your boyfriend’s shirt, baggy sweaters or sportswear – out with the loungewear and in with the post-lockdown glam squad.
2. A full hourglass is the most feminine body shape. Women are more confident in themselves nowadays, owing to greater awareness of body positivity and confidence. Who cares if you have developed lockdown love handles? It is essential to wear clothes that follow your body lines, such as a bias-cut dress or skirt. Additionally, choose fabrics carefully. Silk or chiffon are fluid fabrics and contour to the shape of your body. It would be best if you avoided double-breasted jackets, too much layering, straight tunics, stripes or checks. My advice to men with a rounded shape is to wear flat-fronted trousers and a well-structured single-breasted jacket to define their body shape.
3. The most common female body shape is a classic ‘pear’ which means your shoulder line slopes and is narrower than your hips. The beauty of having a small shoulder line is such that you can layer items. The golden rule is that your jacket and tops should finish above or below the widest point of your hips and bottom. You can also get away with florals, vivid prints and horizontal stripes. Perhaps, avoid wearing straight skirts, halter necks, raglan sleeves and jeans with too many pockets. Where there is fuss, there is confusion.
4. Inverted triangle shapes have a broad shoulder line, a trim waist and little definition between the waist and hips. Your clothing line needs to be straight and clean. Avoid too much layering, epaulettes, frills and ruffles. A minimalist look is best – streamlined shapes, classic tailoring and straight lines. Men with a cornetto-type silhouette tend to have a well-defined chest.
5.A lean body shape is athletic – narrow shoulders and slender limbs. You can wear most clothing styles, such as a waisted jacket or top, an A-line dress or anything with detail to enhance your bust line. Avoid heavy textures or bulky garments which will only drown your body shape.
To feel confident in your skin is the best feeling in the world. What makes a professional style and beauty expert a cut above the rest? Someone who makes their clients smile with happiness and feel confident in their skin.