Dressing For Your Body Shape By Trinny & Susannah
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You mean there’s an actual science behind your body and what you wear? Of course. Unfortunately we have lycra and jersey to blame for half the misconceptions.

Ever looked in the mirror and couldn’t quite put your finger on why that dress didn’t look right? We live in a world full of weird and wonderful body shapes – skinny, short, plump, tall, voluptuous and of course every Skool Girls dream ->‘The Coca Cola bottle figure’…But in reality, you don’t need ‘The Coca Cola bottle figure’to look good, you can work with got you right now, all it takes is an understanding of the ‘cornerstone of dressing’, which is your body shape.

Okay, so I’m no expert in the field of identifying body shapes and certainly not an image consultant, so when desperate measures call I turn over to the experts – who else better than ‘Trinny and Susannah’?

The experts of ‘The Body Shape Bible’speak…


1. Skittle

The Skittle
Characterised by: Smaller bottom, no saddlebags, longer frame with weight around their thighs.

Do wear:
  • Anything for your top half that has some colour or detail to draw the eye upwards.
  • Fitted dresses with flared skirts.
  • Shorter fitted jumpers.
  • High heeled shoes to make those legs longer and slimmer.
Take a hop, skip and jump from:
  • Short cut jackets that emphasise your bum.
  • Cropped trousers.
  • Pencil skirts.
  • Stretch trousers.

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2. Goblet
The Goblet
Characterised by: Broad shoulders and no defined waist

Do wear:
  • Wide and low-necked tops.
  • Tight skirts.
  • Fitted jackets that end at the waist.
  • Low cut slim jeans.
  • Feminine but robust heels.
Take a hop, skip and jump from:
  • Any kind of baggy trousers
  • Chunky shapeless knitwear.
  • Double breasted jackets.

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3. Hourglass
The Hourglass
Characterised by:Feminine curves abound with generous bosom and hips and a small waist.

Do wear:
  • Cardigans with plunging necks
  • Fitted dresses that stretch the waist
  • Double button jackets
  • Pencil skirts
Take a hop, skip and jump from:
  • Baggy sleeves
  • Flouncy blouses
  • Smocks or anything very lose fitting
  • Chunky boots

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4. Cornet

Characterised by: Boyish and athletic build, smaller breasts, broad shoulders and longer legs.

Do wear:
  • Wrapped knitwear and tops that nip the waist.
  • Flared and fluted skirts.
  • Fitted blouses.
  • Slim jeans.
Take a hop, skip and jump from:
  • Anything shapeless that will just hang from your shoulders.
  • Tops that are bulky around the shoulders.
  • Three quarter sleeves.
  • Shoulder pads.

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5. Cello
The Cello

Characterised by: Broad shoulders with a curvy waist.

Do wear:
  • Wide tops.
  • Coats with flared cut and strong lapels.
  • Simple wide trousers.
  • Pleated or panelled skirts.
  • Platform wedge shoes.
Take a hop, skip and jump from:
  • Short skirts.
  • Pencil skirts.
  • Tight jeans.
  • Boots that add bulk to your ankles.

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6. Apple
The Apple
Characterised by: The tummy being the largest part and a generally rounded and soft shape.

Do wear:

  • Tops that are tight under the breasts.
  • Side fastening pleated skirts.
  • Tops with gathered fabric around the stomach that emphasise the bust line.
  • Straight cut coats.
Take a hop, skip and jump from:
  • Tight T shirts, particularly large shapeless ones.
  • High wasted trousers.
  • Anything that adds bulk to you (padded jackets etc).

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7. Column
The Column
Characterised by: Generally taller, have shoulders the same size as hips, slim waists and long legs.

Do wear:
  • Round neck pullovers.
  • Belted coats with hip pockets.
  • Cropped trousers.
  • A-line skirts.
  • Flared trousers (but don’t overdo it!)
  • Big accessories to add shape.
Take a hop, skip and jump from:
  • Anything shapeless, particularly long coats and dresses.
  • Straight dresses.
  • Crop tops.

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8. Bell
The Bell
Characterised by: Small shoulders and small, short waist with a large bottom and thighs.

Do wear:
  • Cowl neck jumpers.
  • Flowing trousers.
  • A-line dresses.
  • Funnel coats.
  • Eye catching necklaces.
Take a hop, skip and jump from:
  • Wide V-neck clothes.
  • Skimpy vests.
  • Large foppish sleeves.
  • Anything elaborate or fussy on your lower half.

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9. Vase
The Vase
Characterised by: The same curves as Hourglasses, but on a taller frame.

Do wear:
  • Pencil skirts with well-tailored waists.
  • Supportive high glam dresses.
  • Straight jeans.
  • Fitted shirts with puffy three quarter length sleeves.
  • Sassy shoes.
Take a hop, skip and jump from:
  • Sleeveless tops.
  • Fussy necklines.
  • Polo neck jumpers.
  • Clumpy shoes.

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10. Brick
The Brick
Characterised by: A squareness and lack of curves

Do wear:
  • Anything that creates a waist, such as tightly belted jackets.
  • Empire line coats.
  • Loose but not too big trousers.
  • Gently draping jersey tops.
  • Asymmetrical skirts that drape nicely over your hips.
  • Tops with a pattern to break up the larger body area.
Take a hop, skip and jump from:
  • Bulky, broad shouldered jackets that make you look even bigger.
  • Anything that emphasises the width of your upper body (double breasted jackets etc.).
  • Very short skirts.
  • Trousers that do not hang naturally.
  • Clumpy, unfeminine shoes.

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11. Lollipop
The Lollipop
Characterised by: Generous bosom, long legs, slim waist and hips are the hallmarks of Lollipop ladies.

Do wear:
  • Skirts with details on the hip.
  • Fluted skirts.
  • Flared trousers.
  • Full length coats that button under the bust.
  • Gathered dresses.
  • Slim high heels.
Take a hop, skip and jump from:
  • Polo neck sweaters.
  • Chunky knitwear.
  • Anything that simply hangs loosely from the bust.
  • High waist trousers.

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12. Pear
The Pear
Characterised by: Larger thighs and calves

Do wear:
  • Anything that enhances your shoulders.
  • Strapless dresses with generous skirts.
  • A-line skirts (long ones only).
  • Coats with belts.
  • Flat fronted wide leg trousers.
Take a hop, skip and jump from:
  • Pencil skirts.
  • Tight cut jeans.

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Source: The Body Shape Bible by Trinny and Susannah
(Cover image via tumblr / Featured images via trinnyandsusannah.com)

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