Dress for a Cello Body Shape?

Is this the right dress for Kristine's cello body shape?

Is this the right dress for Kristine’s cello body shape?

Kristine Jorskogen asks:

I found this vintage dress among my too small clothing that now fits again! I used it a lot when I was younger. The belt is also vintage. What do you think of this on my cello figure?

Dear Kristine,

This is a brilliant dress for a cello body shape. The skirt falls gently over the thighs whilst the lace sleeves veil the upper arms. A broad, square neckline helps to reduce your chest area.

We only have two suggestions:

1. For a cello it is important to elongate the waist. To that end we would suggest a wider belt, perhaps with a suggestion of corsetry.

2. The neckline is a little high. If you really love this dress and want it to flatter you absolutely, it might be worth taking it to a good dressmaker and getting the neckline lowered so that it shapes your bust more. We would suggest just taking it down a bit further in the centre so that it creates a kind of ‘chevron’ shape and flatters your cleavage. 


Trinny & Susannah

Want to learn all about your body shape? Read The Body Shape Bible.

6 thoughts on “Dress for a Cello Body Shape?

  1. I don’t understand how she differs from an hourglass/pear though and her shoulders look narrow. Like the alternative look of the dress!

  2. Hi Mimi,
    Women with Cello body shape have chunkier thighs and bottom along with a short waist, generous bust and broad shoulders. A Pear shape carries her weight in ‘saddlebags’ at the side of the upper thighs and tends to have a small bust and long body. An Hourglass shape is curvier with a tiny waist. For a detailed analysis of body shapes please get hold of our book ‘The Body Shape Bible’. x

    • I have your book and I can’t decide which of the two (hourglass or cello) I am or if I am a mix of both, I seem to fit the description of a cello but with narrower shoulders, round and chunkier calves with a big bust, small chest, proportioned hips and I have a curvy outline generally with a small frame. Some clothes make me look like I have a very tiny waist and some clothes don’t, it’s a bit confusing. Sorry for replying in the comments, I don’t know how to send style questions on the website.

      • Hi Mimi,
        When writing ‘The Body Shape Bible’ we did masses of research to come up with the twelve most common body shapes, rather than the twelve million individual body shapes. What we always say is, ‘if you fall between two shapes, read them both’. We can’t tell what shape you are without seeing you from all sides but, having said that, from your description you sound like an Hourglass to us. Every characteristic that you mention screams ‘Hourglass’ except that you are uncertain about your waist. We find that many women think their waist is bigger than it actually is and that this has more to do with self-image than with reality. So please try dressing according to our suggestions for an Hourglass and if you feel and look fabulous, stick with it! Ultimately, this is what our method is all about. x

  3. As Mimi said, I don’t mean to comment but I don’t know how to post an induvidual question. I have never been able to figure my body shape. My measurements are 32C-25-34.5, I’m 5’2. I’ve always been very petite and thin, with a medium bust, short but curvy/defined waist, proportionate hips and long legs. I always thought I was a lollipop but I’m not buxom with endless legs, I do have hips and a butt, could I be a teeny vase or a vase/ruler combination? My predominant weight gain is arms, stomach and a bit on the bust and hips. My problem is my lower legs, they are very thin with no definition – my thighs are fine but my calves are thin, on top of which my legs are already very long so I want to know how to make my legs look a bit thicker, apart from exercise, as in, in clothing tips!

  4. If she wore a wider belt, wouldn’t it make her torso look shorter?
    Also – is the skirt too a-line for her, making her cello bottom look bigger?

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