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Shaping up nicely

  • Published at 01:46 pm July 10th, 2017
Shaping up nicely
It might tick off a certain type of feminist, but the fruit chart as a way of estimating your body shape is a useful tool to shop for outfits that do you just - to an extent. The fruit bowl might work for athletic, petite and even average body types, but if you’re bigger than that, you want to reach into a geometry box to find your match.

Shine bright like a diamond

If your waist is larger than your bust and hips, balanced out by your lower arms and legs, you’re a diamond. show off that impeccably proportionate neck with scoop necks,V-necks and cowl necks on your kameezes and kurtis. Draped and faux-draped styles that hug your bust and flow over your mid-section are recommended, which is great news for sari fanciers. When buying jeans, opt for bootcuts and flared jeans, both of which are in right now.

Sands of time

With killer curves and a defined waistline, you are an hourglass, a head-turning shape. Play with ruffles, pleating and asymmetrical necklines, cinch in that waist with belts, and head for flares and bootcuts in the denim section. Empire silhouettes, such as the Anarkali kameez, will also suit you well.

Eight o’clock

This shape is curvaceous and voluptuous. Your hips and shoulders line up, and your defined waist has a curve to it, and that cleavage is downright scandalous. V-necks and sweetheart necklines will be the best sari-blouse options, while your kurtis can have open collars and asymmetrical necklines. Wide belts and styles that cinch in your waist should accentuate your womanly shape, and when buying pants, look for something with wide legs.

Thinking out the box

If your shoulders, hips, thighs and waist all line up, and your arms are fuller, you’ve got a square shape, a frame of perfect balance. Play up your femininity with bateau, cowl, sweetheart and jewel necklines. Add visual interest to your tops, kurtis and kameezes with bust frills, pleating and front panel details. The fit-and-flare silhouette was totally made to flatter you. When you’re in the mood for denim, reach for narrow or straight cuts, and experiment with colours.

Pyramid of pleasure

If your upper body is narrower than your hips and thighs, you have the goddess of frames, the triangular frame. Scoop, bateau and V-necks will elongate your neck and torso, while pleating and ruching add visual interest to your bust. Opt for fitted - but not tight - tops, and styles that emphasise your narrow waist. Cropped jackets and flared jeans will balance out your shape.

Round and round we go

If your waist is bigger than your bust, you’ve got an oval frame, celebrated in all the classic paintings. Play up your assets with princess seams, dropped waists, and blouson sleeves. Opt for flat-front trousers, and jeans with a lighter wash.

V for va-va-voom

Wide shoulders, big bust, defined waist that’s larger than your hips? Girl, you’re a V-shape, or an inverted triangle. That’s a statuesque and stately shape if there ever was one. Try shawl collars or U-necks. Heck, try halters to show off those gorgeous shoulders. Go for darker tops and lighter bottoms to balance out our silhouette. A-line cuts are also highly flattering.