Life would be pretty boring if we all looked the same.
Thankfully, we all come in different shapes and sizes – and why shouldn’t we celebrate that?! No matter what you think about your body shape, you have plenty of parts that other women are envious of, and the trick to dressing well? Showing off those assets, of course!
If this season’s ruffles bring you out in hot sweats because you have a larger bust, or maxi dresses end up drowning your petite frame, no need to worry.
The world’s best-dressed women don’t look great because they wear the trends – it’s because they know what suits them, and they stick to it. But if you don’t quite know how to make the most of your shape, fear not. Our fashion team know exactly what will look great on you, and have compiled a list of the hero pieces every woman should own…
Don’t be shy about showing off your assets, it’s just about how to display them in a feminine and subtle way, as well as balancing out the largest part of your body by showing off your small waist.
Suede Skirt, Diane Von Furstenberg, R12 456.80
A pencil skirt will nip you in at your smallest part, and shows off your curves. Play with different fabrics and patterns – like this gorgeous suede style from Diane Von Furstenberg.
Belted Dress, Mango, R599
Opt for a belted dress to create an hourglass effect and take the attention away from your enviable assets.
If you’re a pear shape, like celebrities J-Lo and Beyonce, then it’s all about elongating the legs to take the emphasis away from your derrière.
Striped Trousers, Topshop, R889
A striped vertical trouser will elongate your legs and take the eyes away from your bottom or hips. Pair with a plain top and trainers for and casual weekend look.
Pointed Heel, H&M, R899
Pointed heels are the perfect way to add length to your legs – and are a real saviour for pear shapes. Height and style = the perfect combination!
Jumpsuit, Wal G at Next, R602
This colour-blocking jumpsuit is the ultimate figure-flattering buy for pear shapes. By having the darker colour on the bottom it will slim your hips and thighs, and the cinched waist will also pull you in at your smallest part. Win win.
Apple shapes need clever styling tricks to help hide a tummy – think streamline and subtle colour palettes. And remember: the shift dress is your fashion best friend.
Shift Dress, Studio W at Woolworths, R699
A shift dress will glide over your middle and streamline your shape. This high neck style from Woolworths will draw the eyes upward.
Sleeveless Blazer, Influence at Superbalist, R279
A long-line sleeveless jacket creates a longer silhouette, and breaks up your top half to create the illusion of a slimmer waist. This is a versatile style that can work for the office or for drinks.
Flared Jeans, AG at Shopbop, R2847.12
This denim style is a must this season. With a subtle flare from the knee it balances out the leg, but stick to a darker denim to give the illusion of longer slender pins. We love this AG pair, which is perfect for flattening a tummy.
Top, Donna Claire, R369
A colour block top is a killer buy this season. Try a stylish trapeze shape in summer hues and it’ll make for the perfect day-to-day top.
Pencil Skirt, Mr Price, R99
The waist is your smallest part, so look for a skirt to nip you in there – the higher the better. A block colour will also draw the eye to that specific part, so go plain with the top to balance proportions.
Jacket, River Island, R859
A wide sleeved jacket will emphasize the slimmer parts of your body. Opt for a thin jacket so as not to add any unwanted bulk, and choose a style with a self-tie belt so you can show off your tiny waist.
All the best things come in small packages! It’s about making an impact without swamping your frame, and we’ve got just the buys…
Skirt, Kisua, R1 350
Create curves wherever possible, and don’t be scared to show off your legs. The flared detail adds movement – just pair with stiletto heels and a silk blouse and you’re ready to take on the day.
Jumpsuit, Warehouse at Next, R1 009
Culottes are a must have this season, and contrary to popular belief, they’ll be so flattering on your shape. Try this belted jumpsuit with capped sleeves to really show off your waist.
Peplum Jacket R24 610, Balenciaga at Maison Mara
Add some curves by cinching yourself in at the waist. This peplum jacket will create the perfect hourglass figure by kicking out from your smallest part.