What To Wear To Fit & Flatter

Welcome to week 2 of your Body Shape Master Class.  Today we’re going to look at the Top Heavy – also known as athletic, among other things.

Golden rules:

  • Bring all the attention to the top half of the body.
  • Jackets and tops need to finish above or below the widest point of the hips or bottom.
  • Layering on the top half is a great look.
  • Get jackets and tops to fit the shoulders rather than the hips – one can always leave the bottom button undone.

Clothing Lines:

Tops:  Patterned, horizontal stripes, twin sets, ruffle, shirts, bulky sweaters

Skirts:  Simple lines: long flip, bias, panelled depending on shape of lower half, pencil if fabric is soft

Trousers: Plain, flat fronted with a side zip, bootleg, drawstring, flares and palazzo (for long legs)

Jackets: Single breasted, double breasted, military, edge to edge, padded, denim

Coats:  Single breasted, trench, fur trimmed, military. With all coats, tuck in hip pockets or   remove them.

Dresses: Separates work best, wrap may work


Jeans (too many pockets)

Straight skirts

Details on skirts and trousers

Halter necks and raglan sleeves

Tight fitting single layered tops

Tops and jackets finishing at your widest point.


Below the waist:

Weight – light to medium

Texture – minimum

Fluidity – soft fluid fabrics that drape


Wool crepe



Fabrics cut on the bias

Soft silks

Above the waist:

Weight – medium to heavy, light worn layered

Texture – medium to heavy



All types of woollen fabrics

All types of knits


On top half only

Any pattern, horizontal stripes are good

Key looks for the fuller figured triangle

  • Attention and details all need to be above the waist line. In many cases this may also be high.
  • The bottom needs to be accommodated in soft fluid fabric that is not too flimsy as this will not be flattering.
  • Look for elasticated waist bands, as this body shape often has a small waist compared with the hip or thigh size. Hipster styles can work if fitted properly.
  • Layering on the top half is fun and necessary to balance out hips; also consider shoulder pads to increase and straighten shoulder width and size.
  • Go for fabulous accessories, brooches and earrings that make a statement are a must
  • Belts will draw attention to wait thus making great accessories
  • Avoid any handbag that hangs on the hips

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