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Style & Fit Guide

1. Looking-Your-Best Essentials 2. Garment Fit Basics 3. Garment Color & Pattern 4. The 5 Basic Shapes 5. Measuring Guide
6.Color Analysis 7. Details and Accessories

The 5 Basic Figure Shapes—Which Are You?

Let’s face facts—not all sizes are “equal”. What looks good on one size 14 may not be as flattering on another 14. We all know this, but just like you, were frustrated at the failure of clothing manufacturers to address this issue.

So, we’ve decided it’s high-time to make sure you can find both your correct size and your perfect, flattering fit. At long last, here’s practical advice on exactly what will flatter your figure.

Hourglass
Lucky you! Your figure is often referred to as curvy—you have the classic hourglass shape. Your waist is noticeably smaller than your bust and hips, which are nearly equal in size. You want to emphasize your gentle curves without cluttering your figure.

Style What to Look For What to Avoid
Blazers and Tops Semi-fitted styles that fall at mid-hip Single-breasted designs Consider shoulder pads Styles with belts, usually in the back Long lines Double-breasted styles Excess details
Pants Flat-fronts that sit at the natural waist Side or back-zip styles Designs with a bit of stretch Cuffs Very tapered-leg styles
Skirts A-line and wrap styles Waistbands that allow you tuck-in tops Softly draping, floaty fabrics Boxy styles with horizontal detailing Stiff fabrics Full pleats


Triangle
Many women have this shape—nature’s preferred feminine shape. Your figure is often referred to as pear-shaped. Your figure is wider below your waist; your hips and thighs are full. Balance is the key word—minimize your figure below the waist by maximizing impact above the waist.

Style What to Look For What to Avoid
Blazers and Tops Shoulder pads are a must! Semi-fitted, moderate-length styles Car-coat or duster-length designs Contour seaming details Cropped lengths Flap or patch pockets Double-breasted styles
Pants Tailored, flat-front designs Waistbands more than 1” wide Ample room thru the hips and thighs Back pockets or back detailing Both wide legs and tapered legs Busy prints such as plaids and loud patterns
Skirts Moderate a-lines No-waist styles Vertical details Designs with pockets Bias-cut styles Hem detail, pleats or full flares Busy prints such as plaids and loud patterns




Rectangle
Your figure is frequently called athletic. Your waist is undefined, and similar in size to your bust and hips. By broadening your shoulders and hips and creating hints of a waistline, you can turn your figure into an hourglass. Wear tops and bottoms that are contrasting colors or different shades.

Style What to Look For What to Avoid
Blazers and Tops Double-breasted styles Textured fabrics Moderate lengths with waist detail Single-breasted styles Very plain designs Heavy seaming details
Pants Flat-front designs Wide waistbands with a slight low-rise Styles with a slight hem flare Boot-cut, relaxed fits Very narrow waistbands, except no-waist styles
Skirts Full-pleating Belted styles Pocket details Long and narrow or tapered skirts


Circle
Many women have this shape, too. Your waist is somewhat larger than your bust and hips, which are fairly even in size. By creating length in the torso, you’ll have a longer, more flattering silhouette.

Style What to Look For What to Avoid

Style What to Look For What to Avoid
Blazers and Tops Semi-fitted, straight-cut or open-jacket styles Lengths that fall at or below the derriere Single-breasted, deep v-neck designs Cropped styles Double-breasted designs Wide lapels Flap or patch pockets
Pants Flat-front, straight-leg designs No-waist styles Back elastic or side elastic inserts Pleats High-waisted designs Wearing belts in a contrasting color
Skirts Gently tapered pencil skirts and a-lines No-waist, flat front styles Subdued colors in smooth fabrics Bias-cut and wrapped styles Pleats of all kinds Styles with waistbands over ½”


Inverted Triangle
Your shoulders and bust are wider than your tummy and hips. By adding a bit of emphasis to your hips, you can balance your shoulders and create the illusion of an hourglass shape.

Style What to Look For What to Avoid
Blazers and Tops Smooth, drapey fabrics Narrow lapels and collars Vertical, contour seaming Shoulder pads or shoulder detailing Exceptionally fitted styles Double-breasted designs
Pants No-waist designs are universally flattering Pleated designs with belt loops Tapered legs Slim fit and tight fitting pants
Skirts Full, flared designs that provide balance to your bust or shoulders Drapey fabrics Pleated styles Form-fitting styles that fall straight from the waist

1. Looking-Your-Best Essentials
2. Garment Fit Basics
3. Garment Color & Pattern
4. The 5 Basic Shapes
5. Measuring Guide
6. Color Analysis
7. Details and Accessories