What clothes look best on you? What clothes and fashion accessories should you absolutely avoid at the risk of accentuating your complexes? If you're lost among all the fashion tips on the web, don't worry: you've come to the right place. You will discover the step by step to learn how to dress well according to your morphology. As a bonus, you will leave with advice on looks and the list of pieces to avoid. A little clarification: fashion is made for feeling beautiful and having fun. So don't feel guilty if you love a garment that shows your personality but doesn't match your body shape 100%. A little levity in life, what the devil! So, are you a morpho A, H, V, X or O? What clothes should you wear to reproportion/ rebalance your silhouette? Follow the guide!
How to dress with an A body type?
How do I know if I'm body type A?
Morphology A is characterized by:
- shoulders narrower than the hips;
- slightly rounded or even very rounded hips;
- a marked size
- a slim, normal, plump and even very plump figure.
Fashion tips for body type A
Two tips to highlight your morphology A:
- fill out your bust, accentuate your build;
- refine your hips and legs.
Look ideas for body type A
1. Structured top and fluid bottom
To flesh out the bust, you can afford a bustier top, bardot collar, little frills on the shoulders and patterned tops to draw the eye to your upper body.
At the bottom, straight flowing pants or a pleated skirt in a high-waisted flowing material are ideal for emphasizing the waist without accentuating the hips. The high waist elongates the leg and the verticals of the pleated skirt will make you look taller. Especially if you add high heels.
A mid-length short-skirt long high waist very light, with a straight fit and which marks the waist: ideal for your morphology A - les petits imprimés
Are you short? Prefer the 7/8 cut in pants. Showing off your ankle slims the leg and makes you look taller.
2. Fitted shouldered boyfriend jacket
The jacket with shoulder pads is the perfect garment to widen narrow shoulders. Warning: light shoulder pads. It is more about structuring rather than expanding like in the 1980s.
On the other hand, mark your waist well with a belt. Unless you are plump: wear your jacket open with the belt tied in the back.
Among the jackets that suit you best, you can afford the perfecto with a very wide collar, the wide bomber jacket, the rigid denim jacket (take one size larger than your usual size).
3. Colorful top and dark bottom
Rebalancing your silhouette consists in directing the gaze of others on your strengths rather than your complexes. Emphasize your bust with a colorful, plain or patterned top.
Navy blue top with Bardot collar Yilin: the ideal piece to balance your shoulders and hips - les petits imprimés
At the bottom, wear navy blue, brown, gray or black. But only fluid and vaporous materials will make it possible to refine your legs. No fabrics that are too stiff like tweed or real denim.
4. High waist straight or bootcut pants
The next time you choose pants, target high-waisted pants that mark the waistline subtly. Don't forget: fluid material at all costs! Thus, your pants will rest quietly on your hips without molding or tightening them.
Another way to draw attention to your shoulders is to wear a bright and colorful necklace. We also think of a scarf or scarf that shows the finesse of the neck and rests on the shoulders which will appear wider.
Avoid if you are body type A
- Ban chinos: puffy on the hips and tight at the bottom, just what you don't want!
- Ban the peplum top: tight-fitting on the chest and shoulders which flares out on the hips: ideal for accentuating your already slightly too wide hips.
M body type: how to dress well?
How do I know if I'm body type H?
The H morphology has:
- shoulders aligned with waist and hips.
- size not marked.
Fashion tips for the H body type
- Emphasize your shoulders.
- Beef up your hips.
- Do not mark the size.
Your goal is to create a "false waistline" by choosing clothes and accessories that will flesh out the top and bottom of your figure.
Look ideas for body type H
1. Top and jacket with wide collar
To widen your build, there's nothing like a flared collar like the boat neck, the Bardot collar and even the horizontal stripes (unless you have a small belly).
You can also set your sights on a trench coat or a biker jacket with large lapels at the neckline.
2. Straight skirt or dress that doesn't mold
You have the ideal body type to wear a straight dress (also called a slip dress). If you're not comfortable showing off your legs, wear black opaque tights. Or bet on a dress that falls to the knee or even below the knee (if you are tall).
Pleated straight sweater dress - les petits imprimés
3. A-line dress or skirt
The trapeze or flared cut is the perfect cut to promote an impression of volume at the bottom of the body and create a slimmer waist.
For skirts, always opt for a slimming high waist, especially if you have a small belly.
Sixtine trapeze ecru woolen skirt - les petits imprimés
Look idea: a white boat-neck top and a straight leather skirt worn with a slightly fitted and barely-shouldered jacket worn open. Choose your long jacket if you are tall or shorter, at the pelvis (also called 3/4) if you are small).
Also read: How to dress when The Art of Illusion
4. Straight or flared denim pants
Like the trapeze cut on a dress or skirt, the pants or jeans that flatter you the most are the ones that flare out at the bottom to create different volumes to give the illusion of a slim waist .
Avoid if you have H body type
- Avoid tight-fitting dresses that reveal the lack of a waist.
- Ban the skin-tight jumpsuit for the same reason.
- Do not bend with a belt: you will thicken your silhouette.
Morphology V: balance the silhouette
How do I know if I'm body type V?
Your morphology is in V if:
- your shoulders are wider than your hips;
- your hips are narrow
- your figure is slim to very plump.
You have the morphology of a swimmer, with a developed build and a narrow pelvis.
Fashion tips for the V body type
- Furnish the bottom of the silhouette;
- Sharpen your frame.
Look ideas for the V body type
1. A-line dress or skirt
The trapeze cut is the best cut to widen your hips while slimming your bust. Opt for a V-neck or wrap-over if you have a generous chest. Small breasts can afford all types of necklines, but avoid boat necks, bardot necks and halternecks that emphasize your shoulders.
Floral-midi dress - les petits imprimés
2. Peplum top
The peplum top is tight on the chest and shoulders and flares out below the waist to rest on the hips. Ideal for your morphology!
3. Skinny top and low rise pants, wide leg, with pockets or darts
As for pants, opt for low waists and cuts that accentuate the hips, such as:
- chino pants that add volume to the hips, reinforced with side pockets and a slightly loose fit
- trousers with darts
- pants with bridge
- pants with paisley or military print like baggy.
4. Long belted coat
For you, the jacket or coat is worn in a fluid material, without shoulder pads and belted to show your hips to the fullest.
Avoid if you are a V body type
- Avoid jackets with shoulder pads
- Ban bustier tops
- American armholes
- horizontal stripes
- jackets with large collars such as trench coats or wide-collared biker jackets
How to highlight an X or 8 morphology?
How do I know if I'm body type X or 8?
You are a woman X (also called 8) if:
- your shoulders are as wide as your hips;
- your size is marked;
- the X version is thinner than the 8, which has more generous shapes. The difference concerns the materials: fluid for the morpho 8, thick, structuring and rigid for the X.
Fashion tips for body type X or 8
During your shopping sprees, only try on clothes that mark the waist and subtly highlight your hips.
Look ideas for body types X or 8
1. The wrap dress or the crossover top
The wrap dress or the crossover top are perfect for creating a slimming V neckline while emphasizing your slim waist. Puffy or tight, everything suits you. If you have a small chest, prefer the square-shaped plunging neckline instead.
2. Belt your waist
Your main asset is undoubtedly your slim waist. So mark it to visually balance your figure. Enrich your dressing room with belts to wear over a long top, a dress, high-waisted pants and even over a cardigan (closed if it replaces your top, or open if worn over it).
3. Halterneck dress or top
The American armhole releases the shoulders to show them off better. At the same time, if the dress brings volume to the hips while being fitted at the waist, it's impeccable for you! Like these two models:
Floral dress with Nymphea neckline - les petits imprimés
4. High waisted pants or jeans
Again, anything goes to show off your hourglass figure. Pants, jeans or skirts are all worn high-waisted to show off the finesse of your body and lengthen your legs.
Choose flared high-waisted jeans if your hips are a little rounded. Otherwise, opt for a slim fit.
Avoid if you're body type X or 8
Nothing! Everything suits you perfectly. You are very well proportioned. No need to hide or enhance one asset over another. Except your wasp waist.
Also read: How to wear the chic jumpsuit for women?
Balancing an O morphology: instructions for use
How do I know if I'm an O body type?
An O body shape has luscious, generous and voluptuous shapes. She is characterized by a luscious chest, wide hips and plump buttocks.
Fashion tips for the O body type
Highlight your strengths:
- Your chest if you consider it your best asset;
- Your hips and butt if you love them more than the rest of your body.
- Mark your size.
Look ideas for the O body type
If you think your chest should be highlighted rather than the rest of your body, go in search of pretty tops that don't fall into vulgarity.
1. Wrap top or dress
The neckline of a top or a wrap dress is the most beautiful form of neckline for a fuller bust. It refines your bust thanks to its V-shape, lengthens your neck and gives the illusion of a slightly less generous chest (unlike the round neck which accentuates it).
2. Tops with sleeves t-shirts, three quarter or long
The O morphology has round shoulders that widen their silhouette if they wear tank tops (thin or wide straps). Instead, favor sleeves that cover the shoulders to refine your arms.
3. Belt and high waist
Belt your jackets to refine your silhouette. If it's too much for you, wear your jacket open (preferably long, to slim down) with the belt tied in the back. You will look slimmer in a large open coat.
At the bottom, opt for long high-waisted skirts, preferably pleated. Or high-waisted pants cut in a flowing, non-tight material.
Avoid if you have an O body type
- avoid hiding under oversized clothing (even if it's tempting)
- avoid small boots that cut the leg and squeeze the silhouette (worse: small boots + short skirt or shorts that cut the leg twice)
- tank tops whose thin straps magnify the round shoulders and arms.
How to dress well according to your morphology?
Now you have all the keys to creating looks that will highlight your assets and hide your little complexes. Test for yourself at home or in the fitting room to find the best combinations of clothes and accessories according to your morphology but also your colorimetry.
Have fun with fashion!