Womens fashion has been important in all cultures through out history. The styles of clothes have changed and as each decade passes the silhouette or shape has evolved and altered. Hemlines have constantly adapted and so have trouser shapes, in fact until the fifties women very rarely wore trousers. Current womens fashion changes rapidly from season to season and year to year but there is also a huge variety of different styles in fashion at any time and in addition to classic styles which are timeless and never really go out of fashion. This huge selection of styles means that anyone, no matter her size or shape can find the perfect clothes that will look amazing as long as she knows what she is looking for.
The key to finding the clothes that will look amazing is to identify your body type and pick out the right style of clothes to suit and enhance your body shape. There are five main body shapes each with its own style of clothing that suit it best. Although this rather over simplifies things and in real life, it is not always possible to classify someone into these groups, it gives a general idea on which clothes to try.
Womens clothing for pear shapes
Pear shaped describes those whose hips are wider than the rest of their body. These are ladies who tend to put on weight around their hips and thighs and in proportion have smaller busts and slimmer waists.
Clothes that flatter and enhance a pear shape will generally be fitted at the waist and flare outwards from the waist to skim over the hips and thighs. A line skirts look great on those with a pear shape. Other tricks to flatter a pear shape include balancing out the hips with wide or detailed necklines or wide bottomed trousers. Pear shapes will look best with darker colours and little fuss and detail as possible on the bottom half.
Womens clothing for apple shapes
Apple shaped ladies tend to gain weight around their middles and are characterized by thicker waists, rounder tummies and comparatively slimmer arms and legs. They can make the most of their legs by wearing short skirts and their arms by wearing sleeveless tops. They should avoid drawing attention to the middle of their bodies by wearing anything tight fitting, belts or detail around this area. Empire line dresses and tops are especially flattering for apple shapes as the fabric falls from just under the bust and skims over the tummy area.
Womens clothes for hourglass shapes
The hourglass shape is characterized by feminine curves or a larger bust and hips with a slim waist. The key to dressing this shape is to celebrate the curves and cinch in with a belt to highlight a slim waist.
Well fitting and supportive underwear is a good basis for a flattering outfit for an hour glass shaped lady. Pencil skirts with fitted tops work well for those with an hourglass figure as do tops with v necks, square necks or wrap over styles. Avoid clothes that are too loose fitting or too clingy. Fitted or jersey clothes that skim over curves will look best.
Womens clothes for slim frames
Some ladies have very slim frames with little definition between the bust, waist and hips. There are plenty of different styles that this body shape can successfully wear but generally features that add shape will be the most flattering. Look for ruffles, peplums, details, draping and block colours to add volume and interest to outfits.