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Body Shapes & Goals

Body Shapes and Goals


The following are normal shapes for the human body. Knowing your figure frame will help you to choose clothing lines that best suit you.
 A Frame


Bottom Heavy
Possible Small Bust
Carries weight in upper thighs
Usually not thick in waist
Goal: to balance hips by widening shoulders with shoulder pads
 V Frame


Shoulders 2 or more inches wider than hips
Usually large bust
Very narrow hips
Thin legs
Goal: Widen hips with fuller and heavier material
 H Frame


Average to large waist
Usually athletic build
Straight up and down shape
Sometimes shoulders are broader
Usually not much of a derriere
Goal: Give illusion of smaller waist. Avoid busy or skimpy lines and patterns
 8 Frame


Average height
Average Bust
Hips and bust same size.
Waist up to 10 inches smaller
Normally gains weight all over
Goal: Emphasize figure 8. If large, keep dress simple and flowing
 Oval Frame


Short to Average Height
Usually Large Bust
Waist area rounded
Normally gains weight in the middle area
Legs thin
Goal: De-emphasize waistline

 Dressing Figure Frames

Add weight to shoulders to create balance
Horizontal necklines
Shoulder pads a must
Epaulets
Full sleeve at shoulder
Breast pockets (if small breasted)
Texture above waist
Pattern above waist
No detail below waist
Smooth, simple pants and skirts
Minimum texture below waist
Soft gathers in front of skirt
Avoid crisp fabrics below waist



Vertical necklines
Minimal shoulder padding
Simple lines
Minimal texture above waist
Pockets at hips
Full sleeve at wrist
Texture/pattern below waist
Borders at hem
Longer length sweaters
Tunic tops over slim skirts
Tucked in blouses (if slim)
Belts (if slim)
Blouson tops


Narrow belts
Matching wide belts, if slim
Hip-wrap tips
Long, over the hip sweaters
Elongated lines in pattern, styles and accessories
Straight lines
V- Necks
Smooth to nubby textures
Never end jacket at waist
Never wear small horizontal lines on top that are
tucked in at waist
Pants and skirts with minimal gathers
Pressed down pleats

 Slim 8 Frame

Soft curved shoulder pads
Detail and interest above waist
Simple waist emphasis
Torso wraps
Soft, gathered, eased
Avoid straight darts
Soft prints/designs
V and scoop necklines
No breast pockets
Avoid clingy/too tight tops
No hard or stiff fabrics
Avoid loose, baggy tops
Waist or hipbone=length jackets
Soft structure
Shaped, one-piece dressing


Create unbroken vertical line
Nothing tight above tunic tops
Oversize long tunic tops
Long Sweaters
Tops over tapered pants and/or tights/leggings
Tops always loose
Long  necklaces
Vertical lines on top
Match colors or tops and bottoms
Avoid tucked in blouses
One-color suits
Avoid belts
Dropped waistline dresses


 Accessorizing Figure Frames
 V & H Frames
Angular earrings, bags and details
Geometric patterning
Angular or asymmetric hairstyles
Crisp, straight closings
Well-defined shoulders
Straight hemlines
Little or no waist emphasis
Tailored lines




 Oval & Slim 8 Frames
Combinations of straight and
curved/smooth lines
Crisper, straighter lines at torso
and legs
Softer lines around face

 A & 8 Frames

Curved earrings, bags and details
Soft patterns
Soft hairstyles
Smooth, sleek curves on
      closings/lapels
Soft skirts
Rounded hemlines
Soft tailored details



 Facial Shapes, Accessorizing & Hair Styles
 Diamond Shaped Face
Hair Style

Eye Glasses
The characteristics of a Diamond shaped face are as follows:
A small forehead and widest at eyes and cheekbones, narrowing to a small chin. Many women have balanced their small forehead with their hairstyle and their face may appear to be heart-shaped.

Goal: Narrow cheekbones, add width to forehead and jaw.

Hairstyle:
Asymmetrical is best
Side part
Bangs are a must and should sweep to the side
Fullness at the chin, even if behind the ears
Mid neck hair length


Eyeglasses:
Softly cured styles, not wider than tip of cheekbones
Frames should be slightly heavy at top
No decorative temple styles
Square frames with straight tip with rounded bottoms

Earrings:
No diamonds or squares
Combination of straight and curved best
Earrings should have more width than length
 Square Shaped Face
Hair Style
Eye Glasses
The characteristics of a Square shaped face are as follows:
A broad jaw line and forehead with wide, angular cheekbones and chin.

Goal: To make the face appear longer.

Hairstyle:
Asymmetrical is best
Side part
Bangs optional; should sweep to side
Fullness at the crown and temples
Chin length hair


Eyeglasses:
Slightly angular shapes with curved corners
Select frames with some weight at top
Frames should appear more vertical than horizontal
Stark geometric frames will create a fashion-forward look
Color concentrated on the outer frame corner will elongate face
Decorative or contrasting color near temples above eye level

Earrings:
No squares
Combination of straight and curved best
Earrings should have more length than width
 Oblong Shaped Face
Hair Style

Eye Glasses
The characteristics of an Oblong shaped face are as follows:
The forehead, cheek and jawline are similar in width. The face appears long and thin.

Goal: To make the face appear shorter and wider.

Hairstyle:
Asymmetrical or symmetrical
Hair too long with elongate the face
Bangs optional
Fullness at the side necessary
Chin length hair


Eyeglasses:
Styles that extend beyond the widest part of the face
Round, deep, square or low-triangle shapes will shorten and soften the face
Frames with strong horizontal lines
Decorative or contrasting color will add width to temples
Frames with low temples and bridges shorten the face

Earrings:
Avoid dangle and droop earrings
Any shape is good
Earrings should have more width than length
 Heart Shaped Face
Hair Style

Eye Glasses
The characteristics of a Heart shaped face are as follows:
The forehead is the widest part of the face, tapering gradually to the chin, which is slightly pointed. Cheekbones are high.

Goal: To make the forehead appear narrower, while adding width tot he chin and cheek areas.

Hairstyle:
Asymmetrical or symmetrical
Hair should be full at chin and neck
Bangs optional
Avoid too much fullness at crown
Chin length hair

Eyeglasses:
Minimize upper portion of face by selecting frames no wider than your forehead and angling outward at bottom corners
Aviator styles good
Slightly curved styles

Earrings:
Triangles broadest at bottom
Any shape as long as there is some width
Earrings should have more width than length
 Triangle/Pear Shaped Face
Hair Style


The characteristics of a Triangle/Pear shaped face are as follows:
The forehead is the narrow part of the face, tapering out to the cheek and chin area.

Goal: To make the cheek and chin areas appear less wider, while adding width to the forehead.

Hairstyle:
Asymmetrical or symmetrical
Hair should be it's fullest at and above ears tapering gently outward and down to the neck area
Slight or full bangs
Avoid too much fullness below ears
Chin length hair

Eyeglasses:
Minimize lower portion of face by selecting frames no wider than your forehead and angling outward at top corners
Select frames with some weight on top
Frames should appear more horizontal than vertical
Slightly curved frames are best

Earrings:
No triangles
Squre, round or curved with evenness in shape
 Oval Shaped Face
Hair Style

Eye Glasses
The characteristics of an  Oval shaped face are as follows:
The chin is slightly narrower than the forehead with high cheekbones. This face is considered ideal because is will balance and give the face proportion.

Goal: To make maintain balance and proportion.

Hairstyle:
Asymmetrical or symmetrical
Any hairstyle will work with this facial shape

Eyeglasses:
Maintain balance by selecting by selecting frames as wide or slightly wider than the broadest part of face.
Avoid low, swooping temples that will disturb the balance
Can wear most any style

Earrings:
Can wear most any style
 Round Shaped Face
Hair Style
Eye Glasses

The characteristics of a  Round shaped face are as follows:
The face appears full with very few angles. The length and width of the face appear almost equal.

Goal: To elongate and narrow the face.

Hairstyle:
Asymmetrical is best
Short or below mid neck styles are best
Avoid chin-length styles
Fullness at crown

Eyeglasses:
Minimize roundness of face by selecting angular styles no wider that the widest part of face
consider slightly curved, soft squares to balance the face
Avoid very round or square styles
Clear bridges
Color on the temple will appear to lengthen the face

Earrings:
Avoid round shapes
Select shapes slightly longer than wide
Combination of straight and curved lines



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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