Dressing right is not just in terms of the style and the trends, but also depends on the fabric used. A dress in the right style that’s making the headlines for its popularity could still be very wrong for your body shape. Determining your body shape and then finding the right fabrics for it may seem like an ordeal, especially since there is a plethora of options to choose from. So read on to see how we break it down and make your go-to fabric choice, a cake walk:
Narrow shoulders with wide hips and heavier lower body
This body shape needs you to use fabrics that drape subtly over your body and doesn’t pull attention to your lower half. Polyester blends, cotton, matte jersey, and viscose should be the fabrics your hands reach for. Heavy set fabrics like wool or chunky knits should be avoided as they can make you seem much larger than you are.
Curvy body with a voluptuous upper and lower body
An abundance of cotton, ponte, nylon and linen must be included into your wardrobe. Avoid shiny or clingy fabrics as they can stick to your problem areas and add to them. In denims, go for boyfriend jeans or mom jeans to keep it looking stylish and appropriate as well. For a smooth silhouette, avoid heavy knit fabrics as well.
Apple shaped body
A bigger upper body with slim legs and hips
Matte jersey, cotton, wool blends and viscose for your body type while avoiding anything that has no stretch. Constricting fabrics that bring your problem areas in the light such as satin, spandex, chiffon, and rayon should definitely be avoided.
A slim, straight figure with few curves
With a longer and straighter figure, the challenge is to create curves. Tighter and close-woven fabrics are ideal for this body type. For this purpose, go for spandex and cotton, and clingy ones like satin and silk. Avoid boxy cuts of fabrics and wools or your frame will get lost in the cloth.
Narrow set with wide hips and bust, curvy frame
Jersey, cotton, soft silks, bodycon and such soft fabrics will accentuate your curves and help your frame look its best. Boxy and heavy fabrics that drown your curves will make you look heavier than you are. Bulky wools will also hide your contours and give you a straight shape making you look bulky.