Sunday, April 10, 2011


Learn how do dress a boyish frame, like Gwen Stefani.

IN MANY WAYS you‘ve got it all because a slender figure will always help to make you appear much, much younger than you actually are - however - you do need to play up those curves if want to feel really feminine. You may feel unhappy with your boyish figure but you‘ve nothing to worry about, after all, Audrey Hepburn had also had this body shape but the difference was that she really knew how to dress it. Hepburn didn‘t just choose her clothes because they were innovative; she was also an expert at picking out designs that suited her slender frame.



 A BOYISH FIGURE can be described as thin and small chested without much of a defined waist line and thin hips (many top models such as Kate Moss have this shape). Forty two year old, Nicole Kidman is a great role model for how to dress a lean boyish shape and she always looks elegant and sexy, whether she is coming straight from the gym or posing for the cameras on the red carpet. Like Nicole you can wear a pair of skinny jeans with, say, a loose tunic that goes to mid-thigh. The loose shirt gives the illusion of hiding your hips, making people think you actually have them. Voluminous tops work especially as do cropped jackets, which fall right at your natural waist line to create a shapely silhouette.

If you wish for jeans to fit your frame well, a straight leg or skinny jean would look great. Aim to buy jeans without any stretch, as these types of jeans will only slide because you have little to no hips for the material to cling to. You are one of the few body types that actually look good in skinny jeans but cigarette pants or harem style trousers will also look play up your slender legs. For the slimmer boyish figure French Connection trousers are well cut and labels such as Kookai, Morgan, Benetton and Sisley are slim-fitting. Monsoon is also believed to be good for trousers for small women.

Anyone with a boyish frame should be looking for clothing that creates the illusion of curves. Your figure is naturally straight up and down, so clothes that have built in structure and shape are what will really make you stand out. Jackets with shoulder pads and structured dresses work especially well with your figure. If you want to add a bit of oomph to your look, balance your figure out by making the most of your cleavage and - yes- that might mean investing in a pair of chicken fillets.A great example of an older woman who fits this description is the ever stylish Johanna Lumley, she‘s living proof that it is possible to become even more glamorous as you age. It is all down to clever age-appropriate dressing and wearing pieces that flatter the body shape.


A VOLUMINOUS TOP teamed with a pencil skirt will create curves where none exist. If you have no bottom, avoid tight skirts like the plague. Straight leg trousers will show off your lean legs while fitted, figure-hugging jackets and skirts with a high waistline will help to create the illusion of curves. For business meetings, choose a simple, tailored shirt teamed with a pair of high waisted trousers, to give you a feminine silhouette - and a professional edge. This look can be individualised by adding a bold necklace or a brooch, yes, you may be working in a corporate environment but you can still express your own individuality and your flair for fashion.


WHEN DRESSING to flatter your figure, your main challenges will be to maintain the figure
balance that you already have and create the illusion of a defined waistline so that you look more like the hourglass ideal. When you are choosing something special to wear at a black tie dinner or a ball, stay away from anything in a clingy, shiny fabric as it will only serve to emphasise your boyish frame, instead, look to stars such as Cameron Diaz for inspiration. When Cameron hit‘s the red carpet, she usually opts for fluid flowing gowns in delicate chiffons and lace; it‘s a wise choice as it makes her look feminine and sensual, rather than boyish and lanky.

Cameron often picks fitted, structured dresses to show off her enviable figure but if that‘s not really your thing - why not try a retro style prom dress? 40 year old style icon Gwen Stefani also has a boyish figure but does that stop her from looking chic and individual - no way! To capture her 50s look, try pinup or rockabilly dresses, and halter tops in bright colours, bold patters, or leopard prints. A gorgeous prom dress will make you look feminine and stylish - creating gorgeous curves where none exist.

Avoid styles, such as draped dresses or trapeze styles that hide your shape. Your other big challenge will be to create the illusion of a defined waistline. Placing emphasis on the waist or midriff area in such a way that you appear to have a defined waistline will make your figure look shapelier. If you wish to show off your figure and love what you have, rather than bringing focus to your waistline there are numerous other styles which are just as flattering

 In this case look for dropped waistlines in a sheath or a beautiful beaded 20‘s style flapper dress to show off your unique, glorious self .To finish your look, just add a wiggle to your walk with a pair of heels. Past 50, a kitten heel is more flattering, and less likely to break your hip but if you are in your forties - they sky is the limit. Remember, a fantastic pair of heels can promote an ordinary outfit to a new league of style.

"Elegance is a question of personality, more than ones clothing."
- Jean-Paul Gaultier Dressing


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