HELLO everyone, HAPPY SUMMER!
Yes, I am a summer baby and I love everything about summer - no apologies. However, I have a feeling that by the end of this season, I will be doing a lot of apologising for some embarrassing dressing. Anyway, we have so much to talk about and I really do try to answer as many questions in detail as I can. So this week, I have put a column together that covers quite a few questions you have asked on the same topic.
What tops / blouses to wear with which bodies?
Tops are a tricky one, too many of us wear plain T-shirts or vest tops that have no shape to compliment any body shape. We are now into summer and more of you will find yourself taking off those cardigans revealing what tops you have on underneath. Do you really want to be seen in an old shapeless t-shirt with no style.
Tops come in a range of colours to suit everyone's personality and skin tone. You should not be afraid to wear bold colours this summer. As long as the style suits your shape you will stand out for all the right reasons. Floral patterns are very big this summer as long with many other statement patterns, be daring and give them a go.
There are many gorgeous styles of tops to be seen from long and short to wrap tops, square necks and turtle necks. Once you have discovered the few styles that suit your shape you will be looking fabulous in no time!
Tops for apple-shaped women:
The main traits of your apple shaped body are: Larger bust, broader shoulders, narrower hips, less defined waist.
Choose clothes that skim and not cling. Flowing silks and soft cottons tailored in simple designs gives you soft silhouettes rather than emphasize those extra curves. Best of all, these fabrics are comfortable. Dress in monochromatic or just a single colour with different shades rather than many colours. Different coloured tops and bottom cuts your body in half, but monochromes will make you look longer. Darker solid coloured tops with small designs make your top half look slimmer. If you really want a top with some pattern, choose ones that have darker colours around the midsection with the pattern along the top to bring the eyes towards your chest and face and away from your tummy. Avoid bold patterns, large checks and light colours above your waist unless you want to look bigger.
Wear tops with a long shirttail and rounded hems to camouflage the tummy. Wrap around tops, fitted but not tight, create folds over the stomach area.
Tops with V-necks are a good choice because they pull the eye away from your shoulders while accentuating your best features. Avoid showing too much cleavage, though or else you'd end up with a look that's less than flattering. Avoid low cut tops, too, basically for the same reason. Instead wear shirts with high necklines or thick straps. A cami or tank top with a matching jacket is always good during short walks or trips to the grocery. Baggy tops that that have puffy or full sleeves make your shoulders and arms look bigger so avoid them.
Tops and blouses for pear-shaped women:
The main traits of your pear shaped body are: Wider hips and thighs, narrower shoulders, wider bottom, smaller bust
To create that body balance, you need to take emphasis away from the hips and draw it to the top half of your body. You can do this very easily by choosing tops with the right style and shape and also choosing bold designs and colours. Tops should be fitted and not baggy and should finish at the top of your hips to emphasise your well-defined waist. Avoid tops and short jackets that end at your bum because these draw the eye to your larger middle section and not suit your shape.
The best or most flattering tops for the pear shape women should be of about three quarter length, this length will effectively cover your less than flattering areas which are going to be your hips, bottom and thighs. It can be really fun to be creative with the tops you wear. You will find that it is difficult to go wrong when choosing tops with colour, detail and pattern that will draw the eyes upwards and the neckline is the perfect place for detail.
Blouses and tops with beautiful patterns and textures draw attention up to your upper body up to your beautiful face. Striped jumpers can visually add inches to your top half to balance broad hips too. Choose wider necklines like bateau, squared or cowl necks to show off the neckline and shoulders.
Tops for hourglass-shaped women:
The main traits of your hourglass shaped body are: Bust and hips nearly the same size, well defined waist - 9" or more smaller than bust, full bust, shapely legs.
Select classic cuts and trendy accessories to look as fabulous as your less endowed sisters. Be careful not to overdo your clothes with ruffles, bows and other frills as your figure itself is enough to draw attention so keep everything simple and you'll be smashing. Ideal tops for the hourglass shape are scooped or V necks as these will accentuate your bust. Wrap tops and tops with belts are also good for the hour glass women, the belt or tie will be a feature and style will fall on your slender waistline.
When looking at fabrics aim to buy sheer, soft, clingy fabrics and avoid stiff bulky fabrics and design as this will not be figure hugging.
The vertical striped tops can be a good way of elongating your body especially if the garment is fitted or gathered in, this will give the effect of drawing the stripes into your narrow waist area. On tops and blouses you will need to avoid high necklines like turtlenecks as they draw attention away from the waist.
Dresses and one piece outfits are a good choice for the hour glass woman, fitted ones are ideal and they should fit your bust most of all as well as your hips and your behind. Never wear overly dramatic or ultra-blah big belts, batwing sleeves, smocks, flat lace-up shoes or other similar items.
Tops for boyish-shaped women:
The main traits of your boyish shaped body are: Undefined waist, narrower hips and small bust.
Creating those curves is easier than you think with the right clothing! Luckily for you boyish shaped women you are able to pull off wearing high necked tops. These tops give an appearance of having a fuller chest. Crew neck shirts or those with high necklines like turtlenecks and tops that bunch at the neck and chest.
Tasteful front pleats or frills also boost your curves and gives your upper body a soft feminine look. Fuller sleeves and floaty fabrics also look good on you. If you want to wear straight-cut tops, choose longer tops that reach the hips and end along the waist. Sweet heart necklines will do nothing for you in the bust area so it's best to avoid them along with baggy tops and tunics.
Is all about structure and the cinching in at the waist with your shape to easily create the illusion of that curvy body you want. Show-off those wonderful shoulders by wearing sleeveless tops or halter cuts. Choose tops with necklines that accentuate your bust rather than strapless numbers that flatten your chest.
Banded tops with a wide hem that end at the hips add extra width along the hips. A ruffled shirt nipped at the waist also builds the same illusion of wider hips and a heavier top.