Body Shape Tips: Dressing for your Shape

The dynamic duo of fashion, Trinny and Susannah, give their invaluable advice on body shapes

:: Get naked in the front of the mirror. Ask yourself what you love about your body and what you hate.The things you hate are what will hide; the things you love are the things you can afford to show off.When looking in the mirror, be honest and objective. What you hate might be the envy of your best friend (consider Susannah's big breasts!)

:: Flat-chest: Most women who are flat-chested have a tendency to carry their weight on their bottom. So show off those arms with a lovely sleeveless round neck top. Most importantly, don't make breasts that aren't there. Just accept it and, if you want to be sexy (and you are in your 30s), show a bit of nipple, gently.

:: Pear-shape: Never wear jackets that cut you across the bottom. Either wear a jacket that ends at the waist (to show your bum off) or wear one to the knee (to cover it up).

:: Short-waisted with long legs: If you have a short body and long legs, chances are you have big breasts. Pull them up with a really good bra so they won't accentuate your short waist. Also, wear short jackets that hit the hip-bone.

:: Long body with short legs: Never wear cropped trousers; they make your legs shorter. Layer your top half. Like Trinny, wear a long t-shirt under a sweater to break up your long back. Don't forget to keep your trousers very long and wear a higher heel to put yourself back in proportion.

:: Large-size: Don't tent yourself and don't be afraid to wear tighter clothes. Do wear a plunging neckline, which will show off a beautiful décolleté.

:: Short neck: Buy deep V or low fronted tops. High necks will only make your neck look shorter.

:: Broad shoulders and slim hips: Buy flat-fronted long trousers and skirts cut on the bias.

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Posted by Roxanne2Report
Well none of that is me. What about people that a straight up and down with no curves, no boobs and long legs :( how the hell do we dress??
Posted by Mrs StinkyReport
oooo I look in the mirror and I honestly don't like anything!! My shape also changes so much ( not my short legs, wide shoulders, small boobs) at different times of the month..sometimes I have a nice small waist..and then others I am a LARGE apple - depending on my bloating!! High heels are not an option for me as I suffer terribly with leg pain. Ohhhhh wouldnt mind T & S coming over and really checking my wardrobe out!
Posted by BelleReport
Hrm...i dont fit into any of the generic categories either. Im muscly, broad shouldered, short legs, big boobs and curvy but not large. I look stupid in maxi dresses and can only wear clothes that can hide a bra. It would be great if they did another Aussie see them!
Posted by Lauren40Report
I still don't know my body shape??
Posted by SherilynReport
Their advice is great but very impractical in Australia's hot climate. Who wants long skirts, pants or jackets when its 30 degrees outside. Sometimes you just have to ditch fashion for cool comfort but my advice is ask someone if you look sensational or need to go back to your wardrobe and try again.
Posted by DebReport
My daughter had the same problem. There are great minimiser bra's out now which really help. If you buy the Body Shape book by T & S, it really gives you some great basic idea for clothing styles and lines to look out for. By the way, you sound like the classic 'womaly' fgure which I am sure most of your friends are secretly jealous of.......... best of luck DEB