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Shopping: The right tops for women and their shape

Women’s tops can make or break an outfit. Dressy, casual or party; vest, tube or tee, there is something out there for every size and body shape.

With a myriad of styles and designs to choose from, women tend to go wild when it comes to shopping for tops. But one fashion rule that must be taken to heart: pick the ones that suit your personal style and can stand the test of time. Choose blouses in neutral colors. These do not easily fall out of fashion favor, allowing you to whip up multiple outfits in a matter of minutes.

Women with an hourglass figure look great in snug tops in soft fabrics and solid colors to emphasize their silhouette. They should wear belted or nipped waist pieces with scoop, sweetheart and V necklines, but minus the bows and ruffles.

Pear-shaped ladies must opt for printed or embellished tops to create volume on top. Scoop, sweetheart and boat neck items with ruffles, puff/cap/billowing sleeves, breast pockets and lace detailing draw the eye away from a heavy bottom. Off-shoulder and strapless tops also create an illusion of a broad torso.

Apple-shaped women can camouflage their mid-section by opting for scoop or V-neck tops that do not cling to the body. Think empire waist, girly and wrap styles in soft material like cotton and silk.

Women with an inverted triangle shape can flatter their wide shoulders by wearing strapless, collarless or cowl neck shirts. They can create fake curves by choosing tops that gather at the waist or flare from the waist down.

But whatever your shape, always finish off your look with confidence and the right accessories. Go shopping now.

Handy Hints

• Always choose blouses / tops in neutral colors
• Those with hourglass figures look great in snug tops
• Apple-shaped ones should wear scoop or V-necks


Source: Special to Classifieds