Athletic body shapes tend to have broad shoulders, strong legs and arms, and little difference between the top and bottom half of the body.
If you have a muscular figure, bring balance by choosing soft outfits that create curves.
Our tips for dressing an athletic figure include:
1. Create a waist
Choose clothes that draw in at the waist to create a false waist and the illusion of curves. Flared skirts and fitted dresses would work for this, as would belted dresses, tops and coats.
2. Try to downplay your shoulders
Avoid anything that highlights the shoulder area such as multiple straps or shoulder pads. Scoop and v-neck tops can divert attention away from your shoulders, as can halterneck tops. Boat necks and off-the-shoulder shirts look great on athletic figures despite their tendency to accentuate the shoulders.
3. Reduce your squares
You’ll probably have quite a square shape, so try to avoid square prints or straight lines which can make you look even more boxy. Try asymmetrical or rounded patterns, hemlines and necklines.
Cropped blazers can also make you look boxy. Instead, choose long-line blazers and duster coats that create length, making sure it doesn’t have built-in shoulder pads.
4. Go for lightweight fabrics.
Lightweight fabrics are great for adding softness and femininity to your outfit. Lace, silk, chiffon and fabrics with natural draping or sheer finish are all great choices, as are outfits with embellishments and ruffles.
5. Take advantage of your height.
Opt for column dresses that create height, with cut-out sides to give you a waist and a mermaid tail to add curves. Dresses that skim across your shoulders and emphasise your waist are also a good option.
Elongate your legs with high-waisted trousers or skirts, and opt for wide-legs to create balance and flatter your hips and thighs and midi-skirts with some stretch and peplum detailing at the hips to give the illusion of curves.