If you go looking for advice on body types, you’ll get all kinds of information. Endomorphs, mesomorphs, ectomorphs, apple-shaped, pear-shaped…and the list goes on and on. But let’s face it. When it comes to dressing the top half of your body, especially if you’re plus-sized, there are two main body types. Either you’ve got more up top than you’re sometimes comfortable with, or you have a little less than you’re sometimes comfortable with. Both are okay, and both are easy to accentuate if you just pay attention to some details.
If You’re Top-heavy
If you’re a little bit more endowed above the waist, you don’t want to try to hide your light under a bushel, if you will. There’s no sense letting everything hang out, of course, but you can call positive attention to your assets. Stick with a V-neck, because that’s going to be the most flattering for you and will draw the eye up. If you’re concerned about your waist, look for tops that hit a little bit lower, around your hips or even tunic-length, around your upper thighs. An empire waist can be a good choice, because the bottom half of the shirt flows around what could be a problematic middle area. Anything that lands right at your waist is going to chop you in half visually, and that can make you look even more top-heavy.
If You’re Bottom-heavy
Now, if you’re more bottom- than top-heavy, you’re going to go a slightly different direction. You still want to draw the eye up, toward your face, so longer tops are less flattering on your body type. Shorter tops work well, either hip-length or above. Tops with embellishments, embroidery, or ties up higher on the top will help to draw the eye and be more flattering on you. Elaborate sleeves, like bell sleeves, for example, give you more going on near your shoulders and they can help to balance your body a little bit.
Try Everything On
You can get advice for styles to stick with from here until the cows come home, but there’s one tried and true way to make sure that a top looks fantastic on you: Try it on. That’s really the secret. As irritating as it is, you just have to put the tops on and look at them objectively. Something that you’re maybe not sure of will jump out at you as either the right or wrong choice immediately. And regardless of the rules, there may be something that looks absolutely stunning on you that you might have avoided simply due to the “rules.” Always remember that rules are just a jumping off point. They’re not the be all and end all.
Now that you have an idea about how to find the perfect casual tops for your body style, get out there and try some on.