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What not to wear. Based on our body shapes and sizes. Shapes and Sizes. Women’s and men’s bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Five basic body shapes. Know your body shape. The five body shapes are . The Hourglass The Triangle The Inverted Triangle The Slim Rectangle The Wide Rectangle.

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what not to wear

What not to wear

Based on our body shapes and sizes

shapes and sizes
Shapes and Sizes
  • Women’s and men’s bodies come in all shapes and sizes.
  • Five basic body shapes.
  • Know your body shape
the five body shapes are
The five body shapes are
  • The Hourglass
  • The Triangle
  • The Inverted Triangle
  • The Slim Rectangle
  • The Wide Rectangle
the hour glass
The Hour Glass

Defined as

  • Balanced figure
    • wide shoulders
    • full bust
    • narrow waist
    • wide hips
  • Shoulders and hips almost equal
what to wear for the hourglass
What to wear for The Hourglass
  • Show off your narrow waist without overemphasizing your hips and bust.
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What not to Wear
  • Empire dresses or tops, especially if you have a full bust.
  • Large tops
the triangle
The Triangle

Defined as

  • Narrow shoulders and a small bust extending to significantly wider hips.
  • Also known as pear shape.
what to wear triangle shape
What to Wear – Triangle Shape
  • Choose designs that have detail at the neck and shoulders, drawing the eye up and out.
    • Accent scarves and boat necklines
    • Neckline embroidery
    • Shoulder yokes or wide collars.
    • Dark colors on lower body with lighter color above to draw the eye up.
clothes for triangle shape
Clothes for Triangle Shape

Shoulder yoke

Boat neckline

what not to wear triangle shape
What not to wear – Triangle Shape
  • Tops or shirts with hemlines that fall directly in line on the hips (drop waist)
  • Skirts or pants with patch or inseam pockets, bulky side seams, or pleats draw attention to your hips. (e.g. cargo pants)
  • Short skirts that end well above the knee.
the inverted triangle
The Inverted Triangle

Defined as

  • Broad shoulders, a full bust, heavy upper arms extending to narrow hips
what to wear inverted triangle
What to Wear – Inverted Triangle
  • Details below the waist
    • Pockets
    • Pleats
    • a dropped waist
    • peplums, yoked skirts
    • skirts with border prints.
  • Tops
    • V-necks
    • Raglan sleeves
    • designs to pull the eye down.
  • Dark colors on the upper body
  • Lighter colors on the lower body.
styles for inverted triangle
Styles for Inverted Triangle

Peplum jacket

Dropped waist

Raglan sleeves

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What not to wear
  • Garments with a lot of upper body detail
    • wide collars and lapels
    • Yokes
    • Ruffles
    • shoulder pads
  • Capris or strongly tapered pants
the slim rectangle
The Slim Rectangle

Defined as

  • Shoulders and hips are very similar in width with little definition at the waistline.
  • Straight up and down with a lack of curves.
what to wear slim rectangle
What to Wear – Slim rectangle
  • Detail on the bust and hips
  • Horizontal lines
  • Wide lapels, wide shoulder.
  • Contrast colors on top and bottom.
what not to wear slim rectangle
What not to Wear – Slim rectangle
  • Wide waistbands
  • Blocks of colors at the waist
  • Large belts
  • Anything that draws attention to the waist
  • Large plaids, patterns with vertical stripes should be avoided as well.
the wide rectangle
The Wide Rectangle
  • This body shape is nearly straight up and down.
  • The figure is wider.
what to wear wide rectangle
What to Wear – Wide rectangle
  • Muted shades or monochromatic colors
  • Shoulder or neckline details to draw the eye up.
  • Princess seams, or center front seam create a vertical line-drawing the line up and down.
  • Wear narrow pant-legs, straight skirts, shirts with sleeves that taper toward the wrist and vest jackets that fall below the waistline.
  • Think long!
what not to wear wide rectangle
What not to Wear – Wide rectangle
  • Blocky, bold, contrasting colors
  • Boxy garments
  • Large patch pockets, belts and peplums.