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Fat, Thin, Tall or Short - Clothes for Your Figure

Updated on June 17, 2013

Fat, thin, tall, short - the trick is not to be ashamed of your body shape but to show it off. We can of course wear what makes us feel good as fashion should be free. However, there are also proven clothing cuts and styles that make certain body shapes look better and fabulous.

You may look curvy, slim, defined, muscular, tall, short or straight, when you know which basic lines are helpful to enhance your figure, you can work out on different variations and enjoy fashion to the max. Let's talk contrast.

Super-Sexy Pear Shapes by Little Black Dress
Super-Sexy Pear Shapes by Little Black Dress

The Wide Hips

Wide hips are balanced by bodice and skirts, or a jacket, which is either straight or slightly flared. Anything that plays well somewhere at the middle hip and not overly above the hip are the style for this body shape.

Belted dresses are perfect along with high-waist or A-line skirts as they lead the eyes away from the mid-section and make your hips look smaller. Large collars, lapels and sleeves also draw attention to your top half.

Tunic-length tops and button-down shirts seem the most favorite when it comes to comfort. Whatever trend you have in mind, always choose a design that distracts the attention from your hips.

Jennifer Lopez looked super-sexy in a flared skirt. See how it added focus to the top half and take emphasis away from the lower half.

Plump Thighs

Those thighs are flattered by flair or pleated skirts and fuller leg trousers. The trick is to hide the bulges. To slim the appearance, wear any vertical pattern on the bottom half even if it is in the seaming.

Go dark on the bottom half of the body and pair it with lighter colors on top. Wearing big lapels, color and embellishment on the neckline helps broaden the shoulders giving out a proportioned look. Small shoulder pads can bring balance to a wider bottom, as well.

Flare-Skirt Contour by Neiman Marcus
Flare-Skirt Contour by Neiman Marcus

The Boyish Muscular Figure

Small chest, broad shoulders and muscular arms - these are the common gauges for a boyish body type. Anything that adds feminine lines like laced tops, dense patterns, puffy sleeves, as well as wraps, halter tops or anything that fits the tops are perfect.

The secret is to shift the attention to your slender waist. Soft and floaty fabrics can add a refine and classy line that creates a womanly flair to your look; the bias-cut is perfect as it will give the illusion of curves.

Loose-fitted or wide leg pants are poppy stylish and extremely flatters a boyish shape. I think a flare-skirt contour is perfect for you!

Contrast Stitch Jersey Dress by Bravissimo
Contrast Stitch Jersey Dress by Bravissimo

The Heavy-Busted

A flattering neckline is for you if you have full breast. Wearing downward lines across the bodice can make the bust smaller. Tunics are versatile; the loose, breezy and longer length design balances out your whole figure.

A sweetheart neckline, V-necks, scoop-neck tops, long revers, cross-over fronts are styles with a really desirable effect. The best choice is a deep V-neck and that includes necklaces and chains, tiny bead lines, small medallions and amulets that creates a V shape on your décolleté area.

Try a wrap-style blouse or dress. You will love how it establishes a natural waistline.

A Thick Waist

A thick waist is a sort of figure that is straight rather than curved. This is camouflaged by loose tops which by-pass the waistline and fall straight to the hips. Since this figure tends to carry weight around the mid-section, deep v-necks, scoop necks or cuts with pleats that gathers under the bust can draw the eye vertically down the tummy.

A generous empire-waist dress cut will draw attention to your upper torso and not your waist. Best ideas are dresses with a color block center and black edges -- they are style wonders skimming inches off your middle. Tunic dresses also cover up undefined middle waists.

Pretty idea!
Pretty idea!

The Too Tall or Too Thin

Since no one likes to look like a basketball hunk or footballer, thinking of seams rather than colors is the finest approach, though, multicolored clothes along with larger prints and wide pant-legs and skirts should be part of your wardrobe.

Ruffled blouses or dresses with details around the waist can flatter your straight frame. Old favorite wide horizontal stripes, colored belts and larger accessories also create warm layers along with bias, princess and double-breasted cuts.

You are lucky that almost every style of jean from slightly-flared to high-waist cuts and skinny looks great on you. Cropped leather jackets are all the time perfect!


The Plump or Short Figure

Similarly, the plump or short figure can be made to look taller and slimmer by vertical stripes, or by a dress with vertical seaming, or princess lines without belts. No to horizontal stripes, if possible.

Monotone outfits and darker colors are a plus, but stay away from what would chop up your figure or the length of your body like wearing big belts. If you wish to wear a belt, use a very thin one that is the same color as your outfit. Halter necklines are some of the most flattering choices as it add some length to the torso flashing a curvy silhouette.

If you are the petite-shaped who enjoys sophisticated simplicity, try going monochromatic and elongate your frame!

What's Next?

We have learned the famous dress cut styles of time, and we just talked about which cut is best for one's figure. If you're still with me, the next question is do we have flair in fashion?

It is smartness of style or manner, a good sense, simplicity and an honest-to-goodness self-discipline, like do you dress in great flair? Stay with me and let's complete the fun of fashion! :=)



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      famous jackets 

      12 months ago from United States

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      Vicki Wood 

      2 years ago from Eldon, Missouri

      Good article perfect length. Would have liked to see you address us with big bellies. Unless that was the thick waist one. lol

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Oh jeena jose, sorry I just replied...too busy, aww.! Are you fond of V-necks? It's the best proportional to chubby frames -- make you look slimmer, and even though you said, you have big cheeks - a V-cut plays well with the upper body. Dark monochrome is also great. Why? Because the one or close color tone elongates your figure. Enjoy your experiment!

      Goodluck and hugs from the city of generals!:D-Tonette

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      jeena jose 

      6 years ago

      i am little chubby and i have big cheeks. what kind of dress is more suitable for me...

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Oh Kimmy, I'm sorry about how some people made you feel. They're just a few in the oceans of wonderful ones, don't worry:=). Why not transform that experience into what can amaze them the next time they see you. Wear dress that makes you feel good and envy them with the sound of your heels and with a soft perfume that's mesmerizing... trust me, even the most grouchy guy wouldn't dare hold his eyes off your way, lol.

      I'm not a pro, but I really like the way you look at beauty. You are an inspiration to us many women. Thanks for that. Think beautiful with beautiful things that you have -- and fill any party with a Kimmy that's simple yet conservatively irresistible! :=) The best of all? You CAN DO it!

      Thanks again, Kimmy. Add me up in your list. Thanks for being a friend, hope I made you smile:=)...Goodluck! -Tonette

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      6 years ago

      Thankyou this has helped a lot I normally tend to just dress smart like black skinny jeans and a cream T-shirt and blazer, because I think I look vile so I thought I should at least dress smart. It's so difficult all my friends have like gorgeous curvy figures and I have nothing, they can pull off anything and high heels I look like a giraffe. I am a fashion student and I have lots of uni interviews and friends parties and having nothing to wear and no confidence made me feel worst a lot worst. I will try the things you said, hopefully they will work for me. Thankyou so much your one of the only people who hasn't judged me or made a horrible comment. X x

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      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hello Kimmy, so glad to have you by. I'm also that small-framed "thin" as they say. Halters, sleeveless and anything that flares are what I find that suits best:=) -- here, we've got an edge over the very curvy, lol. Sabrina tops are also great, or maybe becoz I'm old-fashioned? haha... but try it:=)!

      Have you tried flared "boot-cut" or tailored cut jeans? It gives an illusion of curves! One of my sis told me it's outdated. Well, I don't think so -- I still wear it, I feel good every time, people liked it on me (yes they do!) and it makes me feel good :=)...

      Loose or baggy shirts are I think a no no to us -- makes me look like a walking hanger, LOL! Though it depends... I find loose buttoned shirts perfect with tight jeans. A little "poppy" on top and a little "booty" below helps make me look curvier :=)

      There are many ideas that you can find online... Your being small-framed can do you wonder, maybe you just have to find the trick that you'll love most. The internet can help, I get ideas from here, too. But I'm sticking to my experience. It's the best teacher:=) Hope that helped, Kimmy. I'm sure you will enjoy fashion more than just a style. Thanks so much and it was great meeting you. For such a wonderful lady, hugs and kisses! --:=)-Tonette

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      6 years ago

      I am 5'7/8 and have really small frame, everything I wear makes me look skinnier and I hate it! Is there anything that you could advice that could make me look curvier? x x

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      8 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hello Lady E. When a woman knows what styles fit her best, it follows confidence which sums up beauty, I definitely believe. Thank you for reading and leaving a nice comment. Blessings!

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      8 years ago from London, UK

      Excellent Tips. It's so important to know which clothes and styles flatter a woman's body. Your Hub will help many. I also learnt some tips. Great hub.

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      Tonette Fornillos 

      8 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hello 2patricias. It's funny that bulges for "growing older" people lies around the belly region. I'm getting them too! So to not destruct my love for fashion, I have focused on halter tops and empire cut blouses and dresses. It's amazing I am still very much able to believe I'm sexy, lol.

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      8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Plenty of good advice here. Like so many people, my shape has changed as I have got older - and not really for the better. The trouble is, I often remember what I used to look like when I am choosing clothing.

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      Tonette Fornillos 

      8 years ago from The City of Generals

      Nonna - so nice hearing from you again. I see it as the most less nurtured facet of young girls today - the ability to sense what makes them "look good," rather than what "looks good" for them. This is then an interesting challenge to the older girls:=)... You've cited that perfectly! Thank you for stopping. Take care.

      ksha - I truly admire your fashion sense. Loved the way you made a day-to-day casual so elegant, and it is not for everybody, so few are born with so much flair, and you have that in you. I saw it! :=) Thank you too for sharing. Keep up!

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      8 years ago

      Great Hub! I personally fit in the wide hips and plump thigh category but I embrace them! It's definitely depends on creating the perfect silhouette with the right clothes for one's body type that will be most flattering. Thumbs up!

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      Dee aka Nonna 

      8 years ago

      I have always been very concered and a little self conscious of my imperfections. I wish I'd had guides like this when I was younger and figuring it out. I do wish that the young girls of today would really think about what makes them "look good" and not just want "looks good" as in what the last popl star is wearing, etc.

      Great information.


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