What can fruit salad tell us about dressing like a boss?

4 Mar 2019

Photo by Luke Michael on Unsplash

 

 

What do fruit and power dressing have in common? Simple. Shapes. More precisely, body shapes.

 

Knowing which types of cuts look best on your body shape can help avoid that annoying pulling, fixing, and tugging situation when a new piece just does not fit right (you know what we mean). 

 

Here is our break down of which business outfits best fit the most common body shapes. With just a few tips, you can build that dream work wardrobe you have always wanted. Plus, you can spend less time pulling down your skirt and more time feeling like the bosslady you are. 

 

 

 

Heavenly Hourglass

 

If you find that your shoulders and hips are equal and you have a defined waistline, then you my lady probably have an hourglass figure. Blessed with balance, most styles suit you. The overall aim here is to enhance, and not hide your figure - even in your work wardrobe.

 

 

DO WEAR:

  • Be brave and experiment with different cuts and shapes 

  • Fitted (but not too tight for the office) dresses, pants and skirts are flattering on you

  • Pieces that come in at the waist: think wrap dresses and tucked-in blouses

  • Tailored pieces that have some structure and stretch to them

  • Scooped or V-necklines that accentuate your natural curves without looking bulky

 

THINK TWICE ABOUT:

  • Overly short skirts and hems that end at the widest part of the leg

  • Loose and shapeless clothing

 

WE RECOMMEND:

  • JANET Faux Wrap in Organic Cotton

  • The Perfect Pencil

 

 

 

Poached Pear

 

If you’re like founder, Jovan, you are curvier on the bottom half of your body. Think sexy hips and strong thighs. Up top you have elegant and slender shoulders. For powerful office looks, opt for pieces that highlight your top half and shoulders.

 

Photo courtesy of Ana Druga via Styles4Work

 

 

DO WEAR:

  • Structure on top, such as ruffles, ruching and gathering, that are eye-catching but still refined enough for a business look

  • Dropped shoulders, scoop or boat neck lines - they will give the illusion of wider shoulders

  • Louder colours on top and darker shades on bottom 

  • Straight fitting skirts or pants to visually balance hips and elongate your curvy body

  • Cropped pieces that accentuate your waist with

 

THINK TWICE ABOUT:

  • V neck styles

  • Cuts that finish on the hips (always aim for them to finish on the narrowest point on the body)

 

WE RECOMMEND:

  • Favorite Turtleneck

  • ANJA Jacket in French Tweed

 

 

Apple Crumble

 

An apple shaped lady is one who has a petite derriere, slender limbs and a bit more lovin' around the middle. You are also likely blessed with a voluptuous bust and slender legs. When choosing outfits for the office, focus on pieces that visually elongate your figure and flatter your higher waist line.

 

 

 

 

DO WEAR:

  • Wrap styles with ruching or peplum tops with an empire waist line

  • Loose fitting tops, especially around waist, that extend to the hips

  • Bold colors or luxe fabrics to make loose fitting garments look more business casual than just casual

  • Structured shoulders to focus on top of body

  • Necklines that suit you, including V-neck, boat-neck and slits

 

THINK TWICE ABOUT:

  • High waisted pants or pieces with a prominent band at the waist

  • Overly shapeless and boxy clothing or midi-pleated skirts

 

WE RECOMMEND:

  • SHARON Peplum Top

  • SARA tie-side top

Banana Fritter


If you’re naturally quite slim and your waistline, shoulders, and hips are all relatively the same width, then you are a banana. You've likely got killer legs, so the perfect business look for you is one that shows them off and creates the illusion of curves with key details.

 

 

 

 

DO WEAR:

  • Horizontal stripes 

  • Tops with pockets on the bust or peplum cuts

  • Pockets that are placed in areas you want to visually increase in size, such as the bust, hips and derriere

  • Flared hems to direct attention to your legs

  • Mini lengths work well for you, but for a more business casual outfit, pair with flats or tall boots.

 

THINK TWICE ABOUT:

  • Vertical patterns

  • Square neck and fitted tops

 

 

WE RECOMMEND:

  • MEHA Organic Cotton Shirtdress

  • CHARLOTTE Mini Dress

 

Strawberry Sundae

 

If you've been blessed with defined shoulders, a bigger bust and slimmer hips, then you are a strawberry. The aim in dressing for the office for you is to draw the eyes down away from the top of the body and focus them on your enviable lower half.

 

 

 

DO WEAR:

  • Smartly placed panels and vertical stripes will give the illusion of curves

  • Skirts with some flare, such as an A-line, to balance your bust and give your derriere a lift

  • Tailored, work appropriate jackets and blazers with slim lapels to lengthen broad shoulders

  • Bold and solid colors are great on the lower body

  • Asymmetric styles are a creative way to lengthen and extend different body areas

 

THINK TWICE ABOUT:

  • Crew or round neck tops

  • Voluminous tops with puffy sleeves or shoulder pads

 

WE RECOMMEND:

  • CAROLINA A-line skirt

  • MONICA Asymmetric Neckline Dress


 

So ladies, that's it. These are our suggestions - not rules. When it comes to finding the right pieces for your office wardrobe, the best thing to do is experiment, see what works.  Oh - and become friends with a good tailor!

 

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