Figure Types

Unfortunately there are very few people who have perfect figures. Thats why it is very important to know all the assets and liabilities of your type, especially while designing and making clothes. Most women fit into one of the five figure type categories: hourglass, pear, inverted triangle, rectangle and cylinder. Lets consider some of them.

The hourglass figure is characterized by a full bust and full hips with obvious waist definition. Look for patterns with diagonal seams, asymmetrical and wrapped stylings. Choose slightly tapered jackets with as many seams as possible. To avoid the sausage effect, jackets should never be too light. Narrow lapels and shawl collars narrow the figure with vertical style lines: avoid patch pockets on bust, hip or seat, as well as bulky or balloon style sweaters. Add a centre back seam on jackets and coats. The best jacket length is high hip.

The pear shaped figure is the majority with a few key tips one can give the illusion of top and bottom halves in perfect balance. Keep the eye emphasis from the waist up. Large earrings, interesting necklaces and beautiful scarves are excellent tools to lift the eye up to your better half. Shoulder-pads are a must. Full pleated or gathered trousers are better than straight leg, leggings or jeans cuts. Loose, man-type shirts, tunics and long loose sweaters can hide a multitude of sins. Pair these with tight fitting pants or a straight skirt and the full hip is hidden under the loose top. Semi-fitted or full cut jackets and coats are best for the pear shape.

The inverted triangle, sometimes described as the wedge, is characterized by broad shoulders and small hips. These women have the least style difficulty since this figure is the one designers love. Correct fit in the shoulder and neckline area is crucial. Avoid boat necks and yokes. Both raglan and dolman sleeves are flattering for detailing and diagonal lines. Full circle skirts and fanny wraps give balance and are worn well by the inverted triangle figure. The most flattering silhouette for this figure is a full bodice with a straight skirt.

Now you know the effective ways of drawing the eye toward the assets of the figure and away from the liabilities.


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