How to Create Curves with Gathers, Draping and Pattern – A Brilliant Dress for Brick, Column and Cornet Body Shapes

gathered and draped dress

This dress has great principles for creating the illusion of a curvy silhouette

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If you have a Brick, Cornet or Column body shape, your silhouette is quite straight up-and-down with not much waist definition. This is great for days when you want to be all geometric and angular but sometimes we all want to turn our feminine glamour up a notch, don’t we?

Flattering every body shape is all about the art of optical trickery and this Continue reading

How to Dress Your Body Shape – Ideal Coat for an Apple Body Shape

Apple duster coat

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Out of all our body shapes, the Apple tends to be the one with the least self-confidence. An Apple body shape is, by definition, round. You have a big tummy and a tendency to adopt baggy, tented tops and dresses in an attempt to cover it up. That is a strategy that will only serve to make your body look vast.  Swathing your torso in nondescript clobber will not make you disappear, rather it will turn you into a highly visible, shapeless blob. What your Apple shape needs is to be loved, celebrated and Continue reading

How to Dress Your Body Shape – A Perfect Party Dress for a Cello Shape

Cello dress gold

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If you have a Cello body shape it can be difficult to find party wear. Flimsy tops, spaghetti straps, thigh-sucking jeans and pencil skirts are not for you. A Cello lady is a striking presence in any room. With your broad shoulders, impressive boobs and ample derrière you will never be invisible, so don’t waste time trying to play the shrinking violet. Instead, look for clothes that show off your natural assets to maximum effect.

This gorgeous vintage dress shows a number of principles that are great for Continue reading

How to Dress Your Body Shape – Pear or Skittle


This beautiful vintage dress displays style elements that are flattering for a Skittle body shape or a Pear body shape

Photo courtesy of Rococo Vintage

The Pear and the Skittle body shapes share many characteristics – they are both relatively small up top but carry their weight on their legs. The Pear tends to have a longer body and is more flat-chested than the Skittle and whilst Continue reading