Stylist in Pocket · How to Flatter Your Full Figure




It seems simple to classify clothing as either straight- or plus-size. It's placing actual women under those umbrella terms that just don't work for us. So, we’re tossing it aside, in favor of full-figure style tips that take women’s unique sets of curves into account.

The hourglass woman's hips and bust are full, and her waist is naturally slimmer. Along with pear, this is one of the most common plus-size body types.

Hourglass-shaped women tend to go for a retro look, which makes perfect sense. As with a fit-and-flare dress, the silhouette exactly mimics yours. There is full coverage for your curves, and a subtle accent at the waist for definition.

Further emphasize your curves in a peplum top. The flared waistline will enhance the proportions between your slim waist and more ample hips.

For the most enhanced version of your shape, go for a sexy, body-hugging option. If you are an hourglass shape you can totally wear body-con this party season. It accentuates the hips and bust. We love the hourglass shape of this design; it will take your own to epic proportions.

Just like the straight-size version, a plus-size busty woman’s largest measurement is across her chest. Her hips and midsection may be curvy, but on a smaller scale.

The V-neck top can be daring or demure, depending on how low you dip. Either way, it's a busty girl's staple. At its most extreme it can be a cleavage-boosting cut, but a small V can also help elongate your neckline and actually minimize your top.

Busty women often have to deal with the sack-of-potatoes problem (clothing that fits in the bust and hangs loose everywhere else). This waist-cinching dress will help highlight your upper body by slimming the middle with its knotted detail.

High necklines will draw the attention upward on a busty frame, so take it to the extreme and opt for a turtleneck. In general, this style will emphasize your top; this specific one does that double-time with the V-shaped zipper detail.

Like its namesake fruit, the apple body type's widest measurement is in the middle. Her shoulders, hips, and legs are slimmer in proportion.

The tunic top is an easy choice for anyone who wants something that won't cling to her middle. For the apple-shaped who prefer to minimize, it’s an essential.

Short sheath dresses work amazingly for a figure like yours. While the straight-lined cut plays down the proportions of your middle, the short (like, short) hemline also brings the spotlight to your great legs.

If you’re looking to truly emphasize your apple shape, go with a slim pant. Pair it with an extremely oversized tunic — one even more dramatic than the beginner move. This kind of dramatic juxtaposition plays up your proportions in a more editorial way.

The pear shape is a classic plus-size shape. As your most prominent physical attributes are your hips and butt, you have the option to balance your derrière with the rest of your bod or truly flaunt what ya got. Both options, ahead.

Jeans can be tricky, as you could be a size 12 on the waist but a 14 on the hip. Keep your eyes open for styles that provide support and stretch around your largest measurements.

Sometimes dressing for your body type is not about minimizing your largest proportion, but playing up your smallest one. In this case, the boxy top will give your smaller upper body a bit of a boost without minimizing the appearance of your bottom.

You could go A-line or screw that and go for a HUGE skirt. In this case, we choose the latter.

The rectangle has no obviously defined curves. In other words, there is not much distinction between her bust, waist, and hips.

For creating more dimension along the body, we recommend the shift dress. They’re really great at creating a fuller silhouette, and statement necklaces or clever accessories draw the attention up. Here, we opted for a high neck to do the same.

The boxy top of this jumpsuit plays up your natural, angular shape. But, with its layered waist and colorblocking, it will also create some subtle definition at your waistline.

If you'd rather play up your straight-lined frame, choose a silhouette that’s shaped the same way. Namely, the boyfriend jean. On most figures, these bottoms would hide curve definition — on you, it’s next-level. Pair with a tighter top for a balanced look, or an oversized bomber to match boxy with boxy.

The terms apple, pear, busty, and hourglass have been in the public consciousness for a while now, but we are seeing some other shapes emerge. In particular, carrot. This shape is one characterized by wider shoulders and slimmer legs.

For this figure, we recommend a full skirt, for starters. The flared hem will automatically give your lower body more volume, creating balance head to toe.

If you’re not into drawing attention away from your upper half, bring some flash to it. A statement bomber will highlight your torso, while the soft, raglan sleeves will downplay the width of your shoulders.

Finally, here’s a moment for your power-shoulders to shine. We recommend an embellished shoulder that will play up your own. Keep everything else really skinny if you want to create the most drama.