Most women I meet think they know their bodyshape, truth is they often don’t. Another common misconception is we tend to think we are bigger than we are, or we dress like it by covering our bodies up in oversized clothes.
As we age, our bodies change shape – this is normal, and for many of us, this means carrying a little extra weight around our middle. In fact two of the most common body shapes of 40+ women is a Rectangle or Apple. Lean columns may find that they become less ‘lean’ and hourglasses can lose their waist definition.

The rectangle or apple bodyshape is defined by:

• little or no waist definition
• a straight up and down figure
• flatter bottom
• Can be busty & have slimmer legs
• may carry weight around the middle

It’s certainly requires a different way of dressing. One of the most difficult things to get right is knitwear, as ‘bulk’ is not your friend.

Here are a few tips to bear in mind when you’re shopping for knits:

1) Stay away from figure hugging jumpers, particularly if you’re wearing skinny or straight-leg jeans. Your silhouette will not thank you!
2) Watch the chunky knits. They will add bulk around your middle.
3) Asymmetric hemlines are excellent at tricking the eye and taking the focus from your troublesome bits.
4) Jumpers that are longer at the back are very flattering. They cover ‘flat’ bums but also add a little interest. Make sure that the front isn’t too short though. It should be at least as long as the bottom of your hip.
5) Oversized sweaters that are cut straight are great shapes on you. If you carry quite a bit of weight around your tummy, look for jumpers that hang from the shoulder.
6) Don’t be afraid of stripes because they can trick the eye. Horizontal stripes can be slimming especially if they are variegated. But generally any other detail on the bust and torso should be avoided.
7) If you are busty, opt for an open neckline.
8) Fine to medium weight knits are your friends. Try Merino wool.
9) Add a long scarf – it will give the illusion of a slimmer silhouette and provide focus.

If your unsure of your bodyshape then please do get in touch, I can offer some clarity on which shape you are how to dress to flatter your body.

Take Care

NB: Jumpers featured in the main image from left to right: Celtic & Co, Principles at Debenhams, Wallis