How to dress for your body shape

Refreshing your wardrobe can sometimes feel like a chore, especially if you are not sure which styles and cuts will suit your figure.

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A BBC article suggests that technology could one day make clothes shopping a much simpler experience; until then, here are a few of the top styling tips that we hope will help you to shop with confidence this season.

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Fuller waist

If you are apple shaped, always choose garments that elongate your torso and direct attention away from your midsection. Empire line dresses or styles with a drop waist will skim over your middle while creating the illusion of broader shoulders will make your waist appear narrower. Structured jackets, top with cap sleeves and anything with billowing bell sleeves are excellent wardrobe staples for apple shapes.

Smaller Bust

Tops and dresses with off-the-shoulder, bandeau or scoop necklines are ideal for smaller busts. Style a scoop-neck navy maxi dress with chic layered necklaces for a look suited to an array of different occasions. If you prefer to keep your jewelry to a minimum, opting for garments with embellishments around the neckline will have a similar effect and create the illusion of a more balanced figure.

Slim silhouettes

If you would like to create the illusion of having a curvier figure, choose garments with peplums, ruffles and other added details. Adding layers and accessorizing with belts to cinch in your waist will also give your silhouette more definition. Wear a navy maxi dress available at AX Paris and other fashion brands with a chic structured jacket and heels for an elegant evening look or with an embellished cropped denim jacket and sneakers for an athleisure-inspired look perfectly suited to warm spring and summer days.

Fuller hips and thighs

If you are pear shaped, dresses and skirts that skim over your hips and thighs will streamline your silhouette and flatter your figure. Full skirts will add unnecessary bulk to your fullest part, but opting for a style that sits a few inches below the knee will instantly add a sense of elegance and sophistication to your look. You can further balance your figure by wearing tops and jackets that add width to the top half of your body. Bold colors and horizontal stripes will immediately attract the eye’s attention, especially if you opt for darker tones on your lower half.

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