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Style Magic for a Pear-Shaped Body

If you have a pear-shaped body, balance narrow shoulders and defined waist to wide hips and thighs. Emphasize the top and de-emphasize the bottom. Square, scoop, or boat necks extend the width of the shoulders to balance hips. Ornamentation at the neckline draw the eyes to the shoulders. Avoid boxy styles. Instead, select jackets and blouses slightly nipped in at the waist. Flutter sleeves that end midway between the shoulder and wrist should taper to the wrist. Carry your shoulder bag high on the body instead of letting it hit …

STYLE MAGIC FOR AN HOURGLASS SHAPE

Women who have an hourglass shape have the most desired shape because of the perceived visual balance. (Think Marilyn Monroe.) The shoulders/bust and hips are equal in size while the waist is much smaller. Having an hourglass figure doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a perfect figure. You may have a large bust and large hips that style magic can make more flattering.

Accent your curves without over-emphasizing either the upper or lower parts of the body . Puffy sleeves, large collars, and high necklines make the shoulders and bust …

STYLE MAGIC FOR INVERTED TRIANGLE SHAPED BODIES

Women with inverted triangle shaped bodies have shoulders/busts larger than their waists and hips. The shoulders should be de-emphasized while the waist should be defined and the hips and legs receive more attention. V-neck, scoop, or asymmetric necklines, shorten the visual width of the shoulders. Choose raglan sleeves that soften the shoulder and flare at the wrist to add visual weight lower on the body. Avoid pockets at breast height.

Choose jackets with smaller lapels, nipped in waists and peplums. Avoid bulky fabrics. Patch pockets on longer jackets work well. …