Styling Those Tricky Body Parts

We recently invited a head stylist to share with us her top tips for playing to your body strengths rather than hiding them.

A small chest

The key to dressing a small chest is detail – add volume with frills and gathering around the neckline or over the bust. This season’s 70’s style pussy bow blouses and ditzy prints are perfect for the smaller chested woman. Long statement necklaces are another great way to add detail.

A big chest

V necks are flattering for a large bust, but avoid detailing – ruffle or prints will just draw attention to the chest. The most important thing for a big busted lady’s silhouette is the fit of her bra – get professionally measured!

A voluptuous derriere

It is important to play up to a larger bum by playing with proportions. To create Christina Hendricks’ sexy hourglass shape, add structure and sharp tailoring. Wear colour and detail on your top half and keep the bottom half simple with muted colours and little detail – the eye will instantly be drawn upwards. Think Mad Men’s 50’s styles.
Short legs

The woman who doesn’t boast super model legs should have her wardrobe filled with high waisted trousers and skirts – the higher the waist, the better the illusion of longer legs. Equally, heels will add some height and make legs look longer and more slender, but avoid ankle straps at all costs. This season’s 70’s style is perfect for the more petite female!