I get so many requests about how to dress 8 shape bodies, probably because they are so ignored by most image and style books. So I asked Aileen Lane of Nutri-Style in Singapore, who is an 8 shape if she’d share her experiences with you on how she dresses her shape. Here is her post:
I am an image consultant and I have struggled with identifying my own figure for a long time. I just didn’t quite fit into any of the main stream figure types of hourglass, pear, rectangle, inverted triangle or round. After much research and deliberation, the penny finally dropped about 3 years ago when I attended a talk by Carlas Mathis, one of the top image consultants in the world and a Certified Image Master. Her book ‘ The Triumph of Individual Style‘ is the bible for many image consultants around the world. She talked about a variation of the stereotypical hourglass called the Figure of Eight. The characteristic of the 8 figure are:
- Shoulders are curved and are relatively as wide as your hips/thighs
- Waist is distinctly narrower then shoulders and hips/thighs (8 -10 inches smaller)
- Weight tends to accumulate on the high hip and tummy just below the waist (Not so much on thighs/ low hip as happens with an hourglass)
- Small waist and sudden jut out to high hip give a shelf like appearance to the waist
- Waist tends to be short due to high hip – Gets shorter with weight gain as shelf gets higher
- Legs can be long and slim (Not always the case)
I have seen this figure type called a Vase in some books. I used to think my figure type was rare but once I made the distinction, I realised it was much more common. The high hip and shelf can be found on other figures types as well as the 8.
Dressing a figure of eight:
Follow the rules for an hourglass except for the lower part of the body where the 8 does better with tapered designs in skirts and dresses.
- Soft drapable fabrics such as knit and jersey are key to working with your cuves. Wrap dresses are great especially those with a straight or tapered skirt.
- Sharp tailoring such as the little jacket in the 2nd outfit are great for giving definition to curve. Peplum on jacket is especially great for a figure of 8 as it accommodates the high hip.
- Jeans/ Pants with straight to mild bootcut are best.
- V necks and scoop necks look best on big busted 8′s.
- Make the most of your small waist with belts (Medium scale belts that tone with your outfit will minimise shortening your waist further).
- You can also try belting at the low hip forming a V at the front with the belt to lengthen and slim your body. This will only work with fitted tops though. Baggy does not work on an 8.
- You can wear a longer skirt but make sure that it does not flare until the knee or lower (See outfit 4).
- Wear shapewear such as control vests and corsets to control tummy and midriff area’s as these tend to be the area’s of concern.
- For accessories, try bangles and earrings and avoid too much detail at the neck especially if you have a shorter neck or bigger bust.
- Avoid tucking in tops as this will shorten your waist further; instead opt for untucked and finish the look with a belt.
- Try light fitted layers as these will cover a multitude of sins at the midriff and create a more interesting look – See outfits 2 & 3.
- Opt for a look that’s clean and uncluttered as fuss and frill will add bulk/ weight to this curvy frame.