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Stylist, Tanya Arturi has styles to suit your shape for under £100

Published on April 12th 2010.


Create a waist
Block colours are a good way of giving shape to your figure. This Papaya dress from Matalan helps create a waist by using a lighter colour to emphasise this part of the body. You can also use this trend to highlight the parts you are happy with, via a bright colour, and use darker or muted colours to disguise the areas you aren’t so happy with.


Matalan, £14

Remove muffin top
Streamline your silhouette by wearing high waisted trousers – an ideal fix for the dreaded muffin top. These wide leg flared jeans from Marisota are high waisted and are also available in white. They work well with the nautical trend.


Marisota, £35

Shrink your tummy
If you have a rounded tummy that you would prefer to hide, empire line dresses and tops are a wardrobe staple. This is because you emphasise the slimmest part of your body – just under the bust. This printed maxi dress from Marks & Spencer is easy to wear and hides your middle area.


Marks & Spencer, £79

Hide lumps and bumps
If you are conscious of your tummy and love handles you will be pleased to hear that draped dresses and tops are going to be everywhere this summer. They are one of the most flattering styles to hide a multitude of sins. Draping around your middle will cover larger tummies and draped tops are great for pear shaped women. This draped jersey dress from M&Co. is figure-flattering and can be dressed up with heels and a jacket or down with flat sandals.


M&Co., £45

Disguise large hips
If you are one of the 60% of the UK population that’s pear shaped, this season’s long blazer will give you a streamlined look. The Marks and Spencer jacket shown will go with most outfits and because it’s made of silk, the soft tailoring makes it more casual look than a traditional suit jacket. However, make sure the hem doesn’t sit on the widest part of your hips, as it will emphasise rather than distract from that area.


Marks & Spencer, £89 (available in May)


Elongate your body
A long scarf can help achieve two things – firstly, it creates vertical lines on the torso to give the illusion of length and secondly, it can help distract the eye from an un-toned stomach. This abstract silk scarf from Accessorize does both of these things and works two of this season’s key trends: pastel colours and tribal prints.


Accessorize, £10

De-emphasise a larger bust
If you are conscience of a larger bust and are an inverted triangle shape (large bust and shoulders but small hips) a pattern across your hips and thighs will help create the illusion of more of an hourglass figure. This striped skirt from Oobichoobi (a local company) is great worn over leggings and helps create curves. It’s also a fantastic way of jazzing up a completely black outfit (black and white is a key colour combination this season).


Oobichoobi, £25 (including p&p)Balance a pearTops with detailing around the bust area and on the shoulders are a great way of balancing out a pear shape. This long line t-shirt top from Oli (catalogue no. 37E116WB9) is bang up to date with this season’s ‘Spring Bling’ trend (as seen on the Burberry, Prada and Lanvin catwalks) and because the bust area has detailing, it helps create the illusion of a bigger bust and distracts the eye from larger hips. Wear with white shorts and cage shoes for a catwalk-worthy look.


Oli, £40

Create curves
If you are a column (straight up and down) and want to create a curvier silhouette, this season’s softly draped look is ideal for your shape. This Marks & Spencer jumpsuit is in a light neutral colour and the elasticated waist creates an exaggerated hourglass shape.


Marks & Spencer, £55 (available April / May)


Hide Saddlebags
Peg shaped trousers in soft fluid fabrics are great for sliming your hips and avoiding horrible pull lines across your upper thighs. These trousers from the ethical clothing company, People Tree, have pleating across the front to disguise larger thighs and because they are navy blue they will work well with this season’s nautical trend. Wear them with brogues for an instant style update.


People Tree, £50

Lengthen your legs
This season’s nude-coloured trend is great news if you want to make your legs look longer. There are lots of flesh coloured shoes in the shops that will give the illusion of longer legs because of the continuous colour from leg to foot. Also, platform shoes continue to be popular this season, giving you extra height. These nude patent peep-toe shoes from Littlewoods are a great investment buy – they will go with everything, update your wardrobe and give you longer legs.


Littlewoods, £81

Slim your ankles
If you have ‘cankles’, wedges are your perfect fashion fix. Their width instantly makes your legs look slimmer. These shoes from Hush Puppies are comfortable, practical and because they are in a neutral tan colour you can wear them with most outfits.


Hush Puppies, £45

If you are unsure what styles suit your shape, Tanya from Cheshire Image Consultants is offering style consultations for the reduced price of £85.50 (the usual price for a consultation is £95).

The consultation lasts two hours and includes selecting the most flattering styles and fabrics to suit your body shape. Once you have had this consultation you will save a fortune by making the right wardrobe purchases. Visit cheshireimageconsultants or call 01625 820321 for more information.

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