Surely you have already heard of the concept of different female body shapes. An A body shape, X body shape, O body shape, an 8 or a H… These terms are becoming more and more familiar today.
KNOWING YOUR BODY SHAPE, MEANS KNOWING HOW TO DRESS WELL
This is defined according to your bone structure. Indeed, it is the shape of your bones that will define your body shape. Each women’s body shape has its own rules: a flared skirt will be recommended for V body shapes whereas it will be advised against for A body shapes. For men, it’s the same principle: we will advise an eye catching belt for those with broad shoulders while a H body shape would be encouraged to go for a more understated accessory.
WOMEN’S BODY SHAPE: FOLLOW THE GUIDE TO ENHANCE YOUR FIGURE
Are your shoulders wider than your pelvis? Is your waist well-defined? To determine your body shape, just take a more detailed look at your female or male figure. Next, just follow our guide to discover all our advice and learn how to dress well.
Do you have any questions about your body shape? Don’t hesitate to contact our image consultant. A real makeover expert, our Personal Shopper will be able to advise you on the pieces to adopt for a successful clothing style. They will also be able to accompany you throughout your trying-on sessions in our different outlet stores located in our brand village.
WOMEN’S BODY SHAPE: V BODY SHAPE
Do you have shoulders that are wider than your pelvis? In this case, you have a V body shape. The challenge will be to rebalance your figure while adding a feminine touch. For this, simply add volume to the bottom half of your body so that your shoulders appear to be in the same alignment.
V BODY SHAPE: HOW TO DRESS WELL?
Morphologie en V : Comment bien s’habiller ?
Peg trousers are also very effective in attracting the eye to your pelvis with style. Easy to adopt, low-rise trousers will delight the casual fashion lovers among you. To optimally enhance your figure, we will focus on jeans with fancy details: flap pockets, embroidery, studs… The more feminine among you can also opt for slit trousers that allow glimpses of your legs in a chic and subtle way.
A V body shape can create a girly dress style by adopting a plunging neckline, if the chest is not too large. In other cases, V-necks or U-necks can be suggestive without showing too much. It’s a great idea for a V body shape to attract the eye towards her bust thanks to necklaces and other pendants. They permit you to enhance this kind of female figure while ensuring you are well dressed.
V BODY SHAPE : TRAPS TO AVOID TO SUCCEED IN DRESSING WELL
It is more favourable for a V body shape to avoid jackets and coats with well-defined shoulders. Indeed, they will only emphasise your shoulders, which are already a present enough feature of your female figure. Short jackets are also not recommended since they are known for expanding the bust. We will also ban turtlenecks that highlight the shoulders and raglan sleeves that give a square shoulder effect. Finally, tops with details around the shoulders should be avoided because they bring extra volume to the top of your body, which does not create the desired effect of enhancing your figure.
V BODY SHAPE: OUR WOMEN’S OUTFIT IDEAS
Whether you have a BCBG, girly, casual fashion, streetwear dress style or you are an old school enthusiast, a V body shape can easily find suitable clothing. Do you want to play at being a pin-up? Opt for a wrap dress for a girly and feminine look. Would you prefer to adopt a more androgynous look while remaining casual? Put on a pair of peg trousers with a drawstring, a plain V-neck t-shirt, a bowler hat and choose your finest polished loafers. For an evening party, a V body shape can be flattered by wearing a blouse with diagonal stripes paired with a flared skirt and pumps.
Any doubts or questions? Feel free to contact our image consultant on our The Village Outlet website and application. Our fashion stylist will be happy to answer all your requests regarding your V body shape, your issues or even your clothing style… Wait no longer!
WOMEN’S BODY SHAPE: A BODY SHAPE
If your hips are wider than your shoulders, you have an A body shape. This type of figure is known to be very feminine, so accentuate your girly side! For this female body shape, the goal will be to redefine the shoulders without accentuating the width of your pelvis.
A BODY SHAPE: HOW TO DRESS WELL?
An A body shape should favour tops that include details on the neck and shoulders. Frills at the neckline and sleeves are ideal for accentuating your femininity and will also perfectly complement a boho/bohemian chic style. To continue this idea, sleeves lapels, a boat neckline, horizontal stripes and bouffant blouses are classics of an A body shape. Regarding the above, long and slightly arched jackets will have a more flattering effect on this type of female figure.
Choose skirts and trousers made of soft, lightweight fabrics that are not too flared so as not to expand the hips even more. Opt for bootcut, straight or slightly flared trousers that will lengthen your figure. Crepes, jersey, silk and knit are usually the perfect match for an A body shape, because they allow you to narrow the pelvis while remaining feminine and girly. Stiffer materials are ideal for wearing at the top of the body.
In terms of accessories, opaque tights can be used to erase the “heavy legs” effect. Necklaces can be used to expand the bust and thus attract the eye to the top half of your body.
A BODY SHAPE: TRAPS TO AVOID TO SUCCEED IN DRESSING WELL
It is advisable for an A body shape to avoid low-waisted and darted trousers, so as not to widen the hips. Skirts that are pleated, gathered, tight or cut in the bias will also have the same effect, which is why it is recommended for this type of female figure not to wear them. Also avoid bottoms with fancy details such as studs, embroidery or lace that will bring additional volume to your pelvis.
A BODY SHAPE: OUR WOMEN’S OUTFIT IDEAS
A woman with a BCBG dress style and an A body shape would suit a patterned shirt paired with bootcut trousers. She can accessorise her feminine outfit with a pair of heeled boots to maximise her femininity.
For a casual chic woman’s look, the Bardot top will be your best friend. In addition to its trendy and feminine style, this top will highlight your shoulders, which will be redesigned by the structure of this top. It is the must-have garment for feminine figures with an A body shape.
WOMEN’S BODY SHAPE: H BODY SHAPE
If you have an H-shape, your shoulders are in line with your hips. Your waist is not well-defined. Your advantage? A balanced figure with shoulders and hips in the same alignment, means that all that’s left to do is to highlight your waist, in order to enhance your feminine figure.
H BODY SHAPE: HOW TO DRESS WELL?
With a H body shape, you have no problem with balancing. Your shoulders and hips are aligned. On the other hand, your rather small waist needs to be accentuated to feminise your figure. In this case, opt for slightly curved outfits or feel free to wear a loose shirt. This principle allows you to emphasise your waist without overstating it. Since you do not have a defined waist, avoid wearing a belt at the waist, which would risk breaking up but also giving the appearance of squeezing your beautiful feminine figure. To balance your outfits, we recommend using optical effects at your waist line to give the effect of a defined waist. As far as materials are concerned, you are spoiled for choice and can afford to wear anything as long as you feel good.
H BODY SHAPE: TRAPS TO AVOID TO SUCCEED IN DRESSING WELL
As for all other female body shapes, there are some garments that should be avoided. If you want to emphasise your figure, it will be necessary in this case to avoid any accessories at your waist, as well as contrasting colours.
H BODY SHAPE: OUR WOMEN’S OUTFIT IDEAS
For an H body shape, here is a must-have idea for you: go for a simple straight dress, with a tone-on-tone waist to achieve the effect of a defined waist. Do not hesitate to accessorise your outfit with a necklace to break up square shoulders and emphasise your cleavage, this will automatically bring you a more assertive feminine look and a balanced female figure. If you are not keen on dresses, opt for low-rise jeans and a pretty fitted shirt to give a working girl look to your outfit. To adopt a more streetwear dress style, add to your feminine look a pair of white tennis shoes.
WOMEN’S BODY SHAPE: X BODY SHAPE
An X body shape is the body shape of a woman whose shoulders are in the same alignment as the hips. Your waist is marked, which allows you to wear any kind of clothing cut.
X BODY SHAPE: HOW TO DRESS WELL?
An X body shape can emphasise her waist to enhance her feminine figure. Thus, clothes worn close to the body will highlight your form. Feel free to play with fitted jackets and dresses to further accentuate your waist. Belts will accessorise your outfits in a stylish way while enhancing your X body shape. Slim fitting and skinny trousers are ideal to highlight your bum, as are short and mid-length skirts. To add a touch of originality to your feminine look, dare to wear prints. Large patterns will refine your figure, while small ones will enlarge it. These are perfect for creating the illusion of a voluptuous breast.
X BODY SHAPE: TRAPS TO AVOID TO SUCCEED IN DRESSING WELL
An X body shape can afford all clothing cuts, however, be careful not to fall into the too-much category. Thus, we will avoid mixing two different patterns in the same woman’s outfit. Moreover, it will be necessary to pay particular attention to the length of your clothes, with the idea being not to appear vulgar. If an X body shape can easily be enhanced, it can quickly become unsightly if some codes are not respected. Choose either a plunging neckline, or a short skirt, never both.
X BODY SHAPE: OUR WOMEN’S OUTFIT IDEAS
Want to adopt a chic and elegant dress style? The X body shape is ideal for a feminine woman’s outfit. Dress up with your best flared skirt, put on your stilettos, dress in a floaty blouse and a Perfecto leather jacket for an incredibly original look. Maxi dresses belted at the waist are key boho pieces but are also ideal for X body shapes. Indeed, they can mark the waist significantly. To be well dressed in the evening, nothing could be easier: combine a black velvet skater dress with a leather belt and high boots. Effect guaranteed.
WOMEN’S BODY SHAPE: 8 BODY SHAPE
The same as for the X body shape, the main advantage of an 8 body shape is to highlight your marked waist. Secondly, bring volume to your shoulders to give yourself a beautiful build. Enhance them with epaulets, bardot necks and any other tops and blouses. Inserts are also ideal for drawing the eye to your shoulders. As for the waist, do not hesitate to accentuate it with belts, tailored cuts but also cut outs at the waistline. To obtain a balanced feminine figure without doing too much, we advise you to choose trousers with a classic cut. Your shoulders already highlighted, as well as your waist, just opt for a clean bottom half with traditional cuts: a pencil skirt, or peg trousers, and voila! Our Personal Shopper is sure to agree.
8 BODY SHAPE: TRAPS TO AVOID TO SUCCEED IN DRESSING WELL
Conversely, any great fashion designer will tell you: every body shape has its disadvantage. Though the 8 body shape has the advantage of having a well-defined waist, this should not be ignored. If you opt for a straight dress, your feminine figure will not be showcased. Indeed, you will weigh down your 8 body shape in no time. The same as for the X body shape, once your waist is defined, your figure will be enhanced. But be careful: if you have hips, do not add more volume with a balloon skirt, for example.
8 BODY SHAPE: OUR WOMEN’S OUTFIT IDEAS
If you have an 8 body shape, the pin-up and vintage dress style will be ideal, affirms our Personal Shopper. Enhance your shoulders with a bardot collar, very trendy and at the same time perfect for a vintage style. Opt for peg trousers – very chic but always timeless, regardless of your dress style. A leather Perfecto jacket to add shape to your shoulders and a pair of pumps to give an alluring touch to your outline.
WOMEN’S BODY SHAPE: O BODY SHAPE
If your shoulders are rounded and in the same alignment as your pelvis, and your waist is not very well (or poorly) defined, you have an O body shape. In this case, the goal will be to lengthen and structure the figure.
O BODY SHAPE: HOW TO DRESS WELL?
An O body shape requires emphasising the waist with a belt and fitted clothing. She should also wear flowing clothing, close to the body, which will subtly emphasise the curves. An O body shape should favour monochrome outfits, ideally white, since this brings a touch of lightness. Regarding clothing cuts, you should opt mainly for straight cuts made in flowing materials. Palazzo trousers, for example, suit the O body shape very well. You should also favour so-called “open” necklines such as the V-neck, the wrap-around, the Bardot collar, or even round necks. These will both emphasise your chest and move the focus to the way you carry your head. For an O body shape, it is important to attract the gaze to the upper part of the body, especially the neck and face. Thus, you can rely on hats, beautiful makeup, or an interesting haircut. In terms of accessories, opt for statement jewels: cuff-bracelets, big rings, large tote bags.
O BODY SHAPE: TRAPS TO AVOID TO SUCCEED IN DRESSING WELL
An O body shape would be advised to banish small prints like Vichy, Liberty and houndstooth, from her wardrobe. Indeed, they further widen the figure, which is not the desired effect. Frivolous flourishes such as pockets and lapels on the upper body should also be avoided. Fluffy materials and leather are fabrics to avoid because they bring extra roundness to the O body shape. Finally, oversized clothing does not flatter this female figure. In the same way, we will also avoid horizontal stripes that squeeze the figure.
O BODY SHAPE: OUR WOMEN’S OUTFIT IDEAS
Whatever your style of dress, it is easy for an O body shape to find something to adapt to your tastes and your personality. For a stylish women’s look, we will focus on a pair of square sequined heels and a velvet wrap dress. A straight chiffon crepe dress will be ideal for a big occasion, especially a wedding, so you can easily feel well dressed. Do you have any questions about the combination of two items of clothing? Don’t hesitate to ask our image consultant. A real personal shopper 2.0, our fashion stylist will be happy to respond to all your requests.