How to dress for your body shape in warmer weather

How to dress for your body shape in warmer weather

Culottes or maxidress? Denim jeans vs harem pants? We’ve got the summer style solutions to suit everyone…

Culottes or maxidress? Denim jeans vs harem pants? We’ve got the summer style solutions to suit everyone…

As the summer rolls on, it can be tempting to live in floaty dresses teamed with flip-flops and a cardi cover for the evening.

However there’s a whole host of stylish summer outfits you can look fabulous in and keep your cool. It’s simply a matter of learning what suits your shape.

And there’s no need to fret about the accidental barbecue spillage either – Ariel 3 in 1 Pods provide superior stain removal to keep your clothes looking like new for longer.

You’re petite

If you’re 5ft 3in or under, fitted styles are your friend – and summer is the perfect time to experiment with them. From chic cropped jeans and ballet pumps for casual barbcues and picnics, to smarter cropped trousers and heeled sandals for evenings, a tailored look means you won’t find yourself drowning in fabrics that don’t flatter.

If you do want to go loose, roll up sleeves at the elbow on shirts (perfect for long, lazy days in the garden) and the same goes for jeans – roll up those cuffs, too.

Plus make friends with a tailor – if you fall in love with a gorgeous, summery dress that isn’t quite right, it soon can be.

You’re curvy

There’s no need to shy away from bold prints – embrace them! Skirts are a smart, elegant choice for curvy women and the chances are there’s one with your name on it.

From A-line to pencil and skater styles, a bright skirt will look chic this summer paired with a looser-fitting top for balance. Style with flat gladiators for a relaxed, daytime feel or heels for something dressier.

Maxi-dresses are another great move (try a belt to nip you in at the waist for smarter evening dos), and if you have a large bust, try V-neck or scooped necklines – they’ll flatter and feel cooler in the sun.

You’ve got long legs

Lucky you – let’s put them in the spotlight! Avoid loose capris or jeans and try a simple cotton T-shirt dress for low-key afternoons in the sun. Long legs make even the simplest of outfits look elegant, so jumpsuits are another great option, worn with espadrilles for a relaxed look.

Shorts and tailored cropped trousers with fun, clashing prints look great – and you can take them from day to night with a quick change of shoe.

Your arms are your best feature

Wearing bright, bold prints and colours on your top half and darker shades on your lower half is a clever move as it draws attention to your best bits. Or try fitted vests worn with floaty, relaxed maxi-skirts for beach trips.

Showing off your arms means you can experiment with high or elaborate necklines and fun, chunky necklaces, too – the high street has great options.

Do you have any advice for dressing to suit your shape? We’d love to hear from you. Share your comments below.

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Dressing for body shape

Sweetlittletriffid 08/08/2017

I was really looking forward to reading this article. However, it was very limited in its sections! Does curvy mean the bigger lady? Not very helpful at all, sorry.

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