Nicky Hambleton-Jones Body Shape Advice
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Nicky Hambleton-Jones on Boyish Shapes

Nicky Hambleton-Jones on Boyish Shapes


If you're straight up and down and your waist is non existant then you're probably a boyish shape. Here's how to get things looking a bit more girly.

What are the wardrobe shape staples that will flatter a boyish figure?

You are "straight up and down," and your shoulders are roughly the same width as the rest of your body. Your chest is petite and small, which isn't a bad thing when it comes to those delicate tops. A boyish sporty body is lean and sometimes lacking curves. Generally your shoulders and hips are of the same width, with long arms and legs and an undefinable waist.

What should a boyish figure avoid?

A boyish shape runs the risk of looking a tad masculine, so you'll want to wear clothing that is uber feminine. And you'll also want to create shape where it doesn't currently exist. Consider buying padded or push-up bras to help fill out those tops. Embrace girly prints and colours, such as blue, pink and yellow with flower detail. Tops in sheer fabrics like chiffon or light-colored silk and satin are your go-to. Layering tops together helps to create curves and look for tops with floaty sleeves for added volume.

What kinds of dresses flatter a boyish figure?

Short, fitted shift dresses show off your slender shape and long legs. Strappy dresses can help add a touch of femininity. Tulip or full prom style skirts can help to define your waistline. Floral prints will help feminise your frame. Eye-catching large prints and colour-block sections within a dress will add interest and shape to your figure.

What kinds of trousers flatter a boyish figure?

Textured leggings or patterned tights look great on you as they show off your slim legs. Experiment with colour because you can get away with it. You’re lucky to be blessed with a body that can wear most styles of trousers.

What kind of tops flatter a boyish figure?

Empire cut neck lines work well for people with boyish builds. Pair your skinny jeans with a whole range of different shapes, colours, textures and details on top.

Can you recommend any particular brands that are especially good for boyish figure friendly fashion buys?

H&M, All Saints and Banana Republic have a good variety of clothes that are well suited to your body shape.

What parts of the body should you draw attention to or away from?

Draw attention away from your bust, while trying to focus all eyes on your gorgeous toned, legs.

What three key pieces of clothes shopping advice would you give to a woman with a boyish figure?
  1. Play with proportion and accessories to make a waist appear out of thin air. Fitted jackets that have a peplum (flared ruffle) bottom will draw the eye to your waist and hip area while adding some needed volume.
  2. While skirts and dresses will play up your femininity, you don't have to count trousers out altogether. Try a wide-leg trouser in a drapey fabric with a belt and fitted top, to create shape.
  3. Consider buying a padded or push-up bra to help fill out those low cut tops.
Check out our gallery for even more boyish style inspiration. 

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