Saturday, September 22, 2012

FIGURE Yourself Out!

Have you ever tried on an outfit that doesn’t look good on you, but when your friend tries it on, it looks really flattering on her? Each outfit looks completely different on each body shape. Knowing your body type is an essential part of styling. If you understand your shape, you can completely rock an outfit! There are four types of figures: Banana, Apple, Pear, and Hourglass.
This is the most common body shape among women. If you are a Banana shape, you will generally have a straight figure, with a few curves, and no defined waist. You usually gain weight around your waist first. When dressing, you have the most options! You can pull of almost anything, which is why models are generally a Bananashape. Feel free to mix colors, patterns, and prints all over.

Helmut Lang Drape Front Cardigan (available @ Nordstrom)
Notice how this cardigan has an asymmetrical look to it, which looks especially well on Banana shaped women. Since Banana shaped women have a straight figure, they can pull of relaxed cardigans, like this one.

If you are an Apple shape, you tend to be heavier on your top half than your bottom half. You carry weight in your midsection, arms, and bust. You will generally gain weight around the stomach area. Since you are heavier on the top, try wearing solid colors at the top and wearing colors and prints at the bottom, which will even out your figure.

                Caslon® Knit Tunic (available @ Nordstrom)
This tunic would really flatter an Apple shape, because it’s a solid color. Pairing this with a patterned hijab and colorful jeans would make it a perfect outfit!
If you are Pear shaped, your shoulders will usually be narrower that your hips and lower body. Your bottom half will appear curvier than the top half of your body. When shopping, look for clothes that will flatter your top half. Save the bold prints and patterns for your top half. Stick to solid, dark colors for your bottom half, this way you can even out your figure.
Halogen® Single Button Cardigan (available @ Nordstrom)

This cardigan would look great on a Pear shape. Since this cardigan has a cocoon silhouette and a loose fit, it evens out your bottom and top half.

If you are an hourglass, your hips and shoulders will be balanced on in line with each other. You tend to have a narrow waist in comparison to your bust and hips. When you gain weight it is usually distributed all over the body. Since your body is naturally proportioned, the key is to even out your outfit proportionally. Belts, especially wide ones,  are your best friends.
Elizabeth and James Wrap Front Hooded Sweater (available @ Nordstrom)

This sweater would work great on an hourglass figure. It has a belt around the waist wich is a perfect detail for an hourglass body shape. The belt evens out the top and bottom proportions.
Hijab doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to wear clothes that are a couple of sizes bigger than your actual size. It’s possible to be modest and stylish. As long as you don’t wear clothes that are tight and full fill the Islamic requirements, then it is okay to wear anything you want!

Gusta Iren for Hijabitopia


  1. I really like your article: clear and full of useful infos, well-done.

    1. Yes, Gusta's articles are wonderful.

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