Q:I amÂ heavy on my bottom half , what styles look the best proportion wise?
A: I have a body type question _ you have addressed quite a few â€œbig on topâ€ questions, but I have the oppositeÂ concern…I am bigger on the bottom than the top. What styles look the best, proportion wise? Also, what style topsÂ look the best to balance out a smaller upper body? I do not like empire styles, because I also think they make meÂ look pregnant…thanks! Jumoke
Well, Jumoke,Â sound to me like you are the typical pear shape. But, you know (of course) it is no longer politicallyÂ correct to call you a piece of fruit, so you are now a Triangle.
The key to getting the right look is searching out those pieces that bring your silhouette back into an hourglassÂ shape. Itâ€™s all about balance and proportion. For you â€“ we need to bring all the attention to the top portion of yourÂ body. First, letâ€™s talk about the bottom half:
* No pattern, keep everything very simple with clean floating lines. The a_line skirt is your best bet.
* No pattern on the bottom (i.e. detail on skirts), it will bring the eye down to the bottom Â½ of your shape
* Heels, heels slim hipsâ€¦sounds crazy, but it works (which is why I wear 3â€ heels every day of my life)
* No pleats at your midsectionâ€¦keep everything around your middle flat. This might mean that you need to cut out andÂ seam shut the pockets of some pants.
* Watch out for any distressing or striping of jeans. No flap back pockets.
* Poufy sleeves, anything to bring a â€œbiggerâ€ â€œfullerâ€ look to your shoulder.
* Embellishments on the chest (things like ribbon, pintucking, ruffles)
* Peplum cuts â€“ anything that already has a waist in it (also princess cuts)
* Boat neck styles would be good for you â€“ it elongates the line of the shoulder, and balances the hips
* When dressing or choosing tops, think â€œto the center and up and outâ€â€¦in other words, we want people to see yourÂ well defined waist (Center) (I have an advantage, I know you and know you have a tiny waist!) â€“ and then we want theÂ eye to go to our neckline (up), and then we want attention to be drawn out to your shoulders. In other words, weÂ donâ€™t want the eye of the onlooker to notice hips.
A mistake ladies with your shape make is to wear those flouncy tops (like the empire waist you mentioned), this willÂ add unnecessary bulk (material) to your