If you’d describe your figure as boyish, with little in the way of curves, or as one of my readers described herself to me in an email to me as ‘bean pole’ and then said she couldn’t find a post describing her shape. I’ve realised that I’ve made a terrible oversight and missed out doing a body shapes explained post – so sorry – here it is now.
I body shapes tend to have similar width shoulders and hips with a fairly undefined waist. They are very lean and often feel that they lack feminine curves. There are similarities to the H shape, but they are slimmer than and not as broad as an H shape.
Clothes that suit add volume at hips and bust, so look for horizontal details such as pockets on the hips, whiskering and distressing on jeans. Ruffles and frills on tops and skirts add feminine curves.
Patterns with negative space in a higher contrast are great for your shape.
Many clothes that look great on a coathanger will work for you and your model like body.
What won’t work for you is clothing that is very shaped and needs more curves to fill out. If you have a more bony decolletage you may feel that high necklines work better for you than low ones. Look for crew necks, mandarin collars, turtle necks, boat necks and halter necks can all work.
Chanel style jackets and double breasted jackets can work on your figure, the boyfriend jacket is made for you. Belted jackets and coats work really well for you so get together a collection of trench coats! Peplum jackets do not work as they are too shaped for your body.
Belt voluminous garments at the waist to create curves.
Trapeze and tunic style garments can also work really well on you.
Lighter colour bottoms and darker coloured tops work for you if you have height too.
Cargo pants are another option if they fit your personality style.
Jeans can come in all shapes and sizes for you, from the skinny leg through to the wide leg, the nature of denim and its natural stiffness work for your body type.
Fabrics that you may find hard to wear are those with lots of drape, you need a little stiffness in your fabrics, anything too floppy won’t work so well on you.
Cameron Diaz is an I body shape.