How to dress your body

How to dress your body

Author: Canadian Living


How to dress your body

Getting dressed and buying clothes shouldn't be a drag, but for many women, it can be. The great news is that once you find a style of clothing that looks great on your frame, it can be lots of fun to buy and wear some great new threads.

Find top fashion advice from those in-the-know to dress your body to it's fullest potential. Whether you're petite, tall, shapely or have a straight frame, our editors and experts offer tips for choosing the most flattering wardrobe pieces.  From jeans, to prints, to bathing suits, you'll find the best fashion formula for your shape in our collection of figure-flattering articles.

Photo gallery: Find the right pair of fashionable jeans for your body

Trends may come and go, but denim will always be a wardrobe mainstay.

Finding the right fit for your body isn't easy – but we can help.

Green jeans: Styles for every body type are available in jeans made from sustainable materials, such as organically grown cotton, pesticide-free fibres, recycled cotton and bamboo. So you can feel good about looking good.

Find the right swimsuit for your body type

Follow our tips on trends and fit to become a bathing suit beauty. Plus, swimsuit shopping dos and don'ts.

Uh-oh! It's that time of year again. For months, we eagerly await summer's arrival, but when it finally comes, the realization suddenly sinks in -- it's not just summer, it's bathing-suit season.

Patterns: How to pick the best print for your body

Florals, polka dots, stripes, oh my! Learn how to wear the most figure-flattering patterns.

Patterns offer easy ways to liven up your wardrobe. But since patterns can accentuate your weight and height, it's important to choose prints that are the most flattering for you.

Shelley Williams, founder of The Style File Image Consulting System Inc., based in Victoria, B.C., says it's imperative to know your body shape and size before purchasing patterned clothing. "The key is to choose patterns that are proportionate to you," she says. For example, if you are petite, stick with small patterns. "You don't want the pattern to wear you," adds Williams. And, you'll be happy to know that there isn't one specific pattern that is most flattering on all women. "Patterns opposite to your face shape are the most complementary," says Williams. "So, if you have a round face, stay away from polka dots."

8 ways to dress your body type

Get the skinny on dressing right for your body type -- without resorting to head-to-toe black.

If your idea of dressing slimmer is a closet full of black suits and high heels, it's time to rethink your wardrobe. Sarah Collins, president of Sarah Collins Image Consulting in Toronto, has simple tips for achieving a sleek and stylish look, no matter what your body type may be.

Working with clients one-on-one and through corporate image seminars, Collins puts a positive spin on dressing for your body. Focus on what to wear instead of what not to wear, she says. "I'm in the feel-good business. I want people to feel good in what they're wearing."

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