6 typical body types and tips to flaunt them

Mr. Givenchy hit the nail on the head when he said, “The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Clothing that works wonders for a particular type of figure could be catastrophic for other shapes.

To help you figure out the business of body types, we set out on a mission (at the élanstreet office!) to roundup the most commonly found silhouettes and dressed them up to shine.

Shape: Pear

Frame: Petite


Style Mantra

Embrace shirt dresses and A-line silhouettes like they are your guardian angels

Opt for detailing on the shoulders and chest to achieve a balanced silhouette

Flaunt that tiny waist for an hourglass effect

Pick heels that elongate your frame

Get the Look

Shape: Rectangle

Frame: Slender with slight curves


Style Mantra

Show off your frame with bodycon dresses

Create an illusion of a waist with panels, belts, textures etc.

Choose closed, turtle and boat necklines

Accentuate with power pumps

Get the Look

Shape: Apple + Diamond

Frame: Curvy

Style Mantra

Choose subtle detailing and embellishments

Pick A-line cuts and slight flares

Turn to empire waists as they work wonders

Opt for soft, fluid fabrics

Get the Look

Shape: Hourglass

Frame: Tall

Style Mantra

Show off your curves with well-fitted dresses

Define your waist with belts and panels

Go for vertical stripes as they elongate your form

Invest in high-waisted bottomwear

Get the Look

Shape: Lean column

Frame: Petite

Style Mantra

Embrace layers and see your body transform

Emphasise your waistline to add curves

Pick straight or flared bottoms

Define your shoulders with padded jackets, embellishments etc.

Get the Look

Shape: Broad rectangle

Frame: Tall

Style Mantra

Choose dresses with wrap waists to add curves

Use small prints on a dark background to create a visual illusion

Turn to semi-fitted dresses for vertical balance

Add feminine accessories and heels to amp up your look

Get the Look

Discover your body shape and redefine your style with personal styling services from www.elanstreet.com.


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