Choosing the right styles and silhouettes of clothing will make the most of your shape, creating curves and emphasizing your best features. “Boyish” or androgynous body types are favored by fashion designers for their slender shape and up and down canvas for “shaping” designs onto. In addition, this type of figure displays narrow hips, a small bust, an undefined waist, with either a short or tall height. If this describes your figure and you’d like to add some curves, integrate these tips into your wardrobe to look and feel fabulous everyday.
Choosing Jeans and Trousers
When you’re shopping for pants, choose a mid-rise cut. The slightly higher rise will help to create the illusion of a waistline. If you’re tall, opt for a boot-cut pant. Both petite and willowy women with boyish figures can wear skinny jeans or cords well. You might also try a tapered leg jean if you’re petite. The tapered leg will add curves at your hips. Wear pants with details or intentional fading and creasing around the hips and thighs to create the illusion of a curvier bottom half.
Create a Waist
Choose clothing styles with a fitted waist and a flare below the waist. A nipped-in waistline creates the impression of fuller hips and a curvier bust. Consider peplum-style blouses, fitted jackets and skirts. Opt for flared or A-line skirts that give your hips a curvier look and make your waist appear smaller. Try a shift dress with darts at the hips and bust to draw attention at the mid section. Belts can also add definition to your waist, either in a matching or contrasting color.
Tops for the Boyish Figure
Select dresses and tops with soft, feminine details at the bust and shoulder. Look for ruffles, lace, or floral detailing to draw the eye upward and broaden your shoulders. If you like simpler styles, horizontal stripes or pintucks, pleats and gathered sleeves can provide the same benefits. Creating the appearance of a fuller bust and broader shoulders will make your waist look smaller in comparison.
Your slender figure means you can sport a teeny-tiny bikini at the beach or pool, but other styles can also create curves. Opt for a bandeau-style top with ruffles or horizontal pleats in a bold color or print to add volume to your bust. If you’re not feeling quite so daring, choose a one-piece or tankini with bust detailing or a modest, retro-style bikini with a high waist and playful print.
References and ResourcesReal Simple: Dress for Your Shape: The Rectangle
Fitness Magazine: The Best Swimsuits for Boyish Figures
Redbook: Petite + Boyish