What Does Knowing Your Body Shape Really Tell You?
It gives you an indication of how to use lines to balance and flatter. And it tells you where to put detail or draw focus with design elements or accessories, plus where to keep plain and boring (no details) so you don’t draw attention to that area if you don’t want people to notice it (camouflage).
So when you think about flattering your body shape. Think about:
- Where to put the horizontal lines to broaden or balance or highlight (if it’s a narrow horizontal)
- Where to put the vertical lines to lengthen and/or slim
- Where you can use diagonals to move the eye
- Where you can use curved lines to follow the body or add volume (a straight line over a curved body part often looks pulled/bent and doesn’t flatter)
You can take my Body Shape Calculator quiz here to get an idea of your body shape.
How to Read a Garment’s Lines
So you can see, analysing the lines on a garment will give you and understanding of how that garment will make you look. Before you try anything on, look at the lines and how it’s constructed even seams and darts can add lines into a garment and will influence how it appears on the body. This dress above would look fabulous on an A shape as it shows off the slim waist, hides the hips/thighs and balances the wider hips with a shoulder broadening horizontal at the neckline.