Dressing for your body shape with Smitten

June 03, 2024 3 min read

Dressing for your body shape with Smitten

Dress to Impress: How to Flatter Your Body Shape

Let us help you discover the best Smitten Merino pieces for you. Fashion is all about self-expression and celebrating individuality, including embracing the unique contours and proportions of your body shape. Understanding which styles flatter your figure can empower you to make fashion choices that accentuate your best features and make you feel fabulous. Let's explore why certain styles suit different body shapes:

1. Pear Shape (Triangle)

If you have a pear-shaped body, characterised by a narrower upper body and wider hips and thighs, opt for styles that balance proportions and draw attention upward. A-line skirts like the Marion Skirt, also A-line merino dresses like the Mary Dress, Asha Dress, Mary-Ann Dress and the Florence, and merino tops with a boat neckline like the Pia Top can help create a more balanced look. Embrace patterns and colours on top while keeping the lower half more streamlined.

2. Apple Shape (Round)

For apple-shaped figures with fuller midsections and slimmer legs, focus on styles that elongate the torso and create definition around the waist. Empire waistlines like the Fan Dress, flowy tops like the Rana and the Flutter Tops, and wrap wool dresses are flattering choices. Look for structured pieces that provide support and create a streamlined silhouette. Avoid overly clingy fabrics and opt for strategic draping to highlight your assets.

3. Hourglass Shape

The classic hourglass figure is characterised by a well-defined waist and balanced proportions between the bust and hips. Celebrate your curves with fitted silhouettes that highlight your waistline, such as tailored jackets like the Celeste, high-waisted bottoms like the Palazzo Pants and floaty Marion Skirts. Embrace bodycon styles that accentuate your natural curve — the Scoop Dress and Lana Dress are perfect choices, and opt for V necklines and scoops necks to elongate the torso.

4. Rectangle Shape

If you have a rectangular body shape with minimal waist definition and a straight silhouette, create the illusion of curves with styles that add volume and dimension. Crop style jackets and cardigans to cinch you in at the waist, like the crop merino cardigan, belt your wool dresses or weal A-Line styles like Florence and Mary, and flared skirts like the Twirl Skirt can help define the waist and create a more feminine silhouette. Experiment with textures, layers, and details to add visual interest to your outfits.

5. Inverted Triangle Shape

Inverted triangle figures typically have broader shoulders and a narrower lower body. Balance your proportions by opting for styles that add volume to the lower half, such as wide-leg pants, maxi skirts, and A-line wool dresses. Choose tops with softer fabrics like the rib merino to hang and swing to draw attention away from the shoulders.

Embracing Versatility

Ultimately, fashion is about self-expression. While certain styles may complement specific body shapes, don't be afraid to mix and match to find what makes you feel most confident and comfortable. Embrace versatile pieces that can be styled in different ways to suit various occasions and moods.

At Smitten, we prioritise creating designs that are timeless and classic to suit most body shapes. We are always happy to embrace the journey of discovering what styles make you feel your best and celebrate your individuality with every outfit you wear.