When I talk about 'balance' I mean for a person's top and bottom half to appear in line with each other. Equal to (or almost equal to). We can do this by making our smallest part appear visually bigger (adding volume) or making our biggest part appear visually smaller (reducing the appearance of).
So if you are a woman who is bigger busted (an inverted triangle) and have slim hips you will need to implement style tricks to 'add volume' to the size of your hips in order to create balance and proportion and make your bust look equal in size to your bust.
What to 'add volume' to if you are;
- An apple - your bust AND hips. Just hips if you are an apple with a bigger bust
- A rectangle - your bust AND hips as you are already quite balanced. If you add volume to your bust, add it to your hips too
- A pear - your bust and shoulders
- An hourglass - your bust AND hips as your bust and hips are already in equal proportions / sizes. Don't add volume to one without the other as it will make you appear top / bottom heavy
- An inverted triangle - your hips in order to balance out your bust
Ways to add volume - make an area appear bigger
- Add print / pattern / texture
- Wear a light colour
- Wear a voluminous piece of clothing such as a shoulder ruffle, a line dress / skirt, frilled sleeve, flared trouser or cullote
- Wear an item with horizontal width such as a Bardot style top, Breton print t-shirt or striped skirt
Alternatively you could reduce the appearance of your biggest part so;
What to 'reduce the appearance of' if you are;
- An apple - your stomach (and bust if they are very large)
- A rectangle - your bust AND hips as you are already quite balanced. If you reduce the appearance of your bust, use tricks to reduce the size of your hips too
- A pear - your hips, bottom and thighs
- An hourglass - your bust AND hips as your bust and hips are already in equal proportions / sizes. Don't reduce the appearance of one without the other as it will make you appear top / bottom heavy
- An inverted triangle - your bust in order to bring them more in line with your narrower hips
Ways to reduce the appearance of a specific area
- Wear a dense, solid, block colour on the area you want to make smaller - navy, maroon, charcoal grey, berry, brown or khaki. Black if you must.
- Ensure that the area you want to reduce the size of is clothed with an item darker than the opposite area even if it is a bright colour. For example bright red (area you want to reduce the size of) and pink.
- Wear flattering styles for that particular body shape. For example if you're a pear who wants to reduce the size of her hips, wear boot-cut jeans or an a-line dress or for a large- chested rectangle or inverted triangle, wearing a v-neck or wrap style top.
I hope these tips have given you a good idea of how to create balance throughout your body.