Also known as ‘boyish’ and ‘straight up and down’, the athletic body shape is the envy of many; women with this figure normally have hips and shoulders of the same width, long arms and legs and few curves, meaning that they can wear pretty much anything. However, women with an athletic shape may struggle with feeling unfeminine due to their slightly androgynous shape – but as we know, dressing to flatter your shape can work wonders and help you feel confident and sexy!
Show off your shape in short, fitted dresses – your slender frame and long legs were born to be flaunted in figure-hugging clothing and there’s no need to hide away if you’re off on a night out. For a daytime look, why not go for an A-Line skirt? This shape will add definition to your middle; look out for styles with a flat waistband to add a little bit extra structure. Alternatively, give yourself a waist with a wide belt cinched in around your middle. A trench-coat with a waist tie is a sophisticated look for outerwear and has the same effect.
When it comes to tops – avoid round or plunging necklines and opt for an empire-line instead. Asymmetric necklines are also fun and flattering – a great way to play around with shapes and add interest to an outfit. Good underwear can also work in your favour – a padded or gel bra will boost your cleavage, and you can create the impression of more curves with frills and ribbons.
Keep an eye out for any clothing with feminine detailing to soften your shape and put a spring in your step. Ruffles, pleating, ruching and draping will all create the illusion of more curves. Soft fabrics will also add a feminine touch – particularly soft knitwear made from cashmere and cashmere blends. You can also carry off a variety of prints – so let yourself go wild and pick up some leopard print, or get in the mood for spring with a busy floral pattern.