How To Choose The Right Knitwear For Your Body Type?

May 10, 2022

From childhood, we are told that how you dress is the first thing that makes an impression, and what you wear can say a lot about who you are and your personality. Let us be honest, people love to judge others, and the way you dress is, without a doubt, the first thing that people notice. Dressing well does not always imply that you need wear a suit and tie or a tucked-in shirt. Rather, dressing well has always been about what looks best on you, what brings out the best in you. 

Having a good sense of style is an art. Understanding how to dress and what to wear is a form of creativity that does not necessarily come naturally to everyone. Furthermore, how you dress can have a significant impact on your self-esteem. There is no doubt that looking good can make you feel good and bring you confidence. In the same way, dressing poorly can have the opposite effect — it can damage your self-confidence, making you to feel like that you never look good no matter what you wear.

Even if fashion does not naturally to you, you can still rock outfits and look amazing. All you need to do is understand what looks good on you, and the key to this is knowing your body type. Certain shapes and cuts look amazing on different body types, and once you unlock the secrets of your shape, you will always look great!

This is important for all items of clothing, from suits and cocktail wear to knitwear. In this article, we will cover the many different knitwear styles available, such as a cozy sweater, batwing jumper, or cute cardigan, and how they can complement and flatter different body types. 

Apple-Shaped: Simplicity Is Key

You are apple-shaped if: You have slim legs and thighs with a thicker torso.

On casual occasions, simplicity can be the best option. This includes knitwear in basic shapes, but in vibrant and bold shapes. This loose style of knitwear is ideal for apple-shaped body types as it covers the shoulders but highlights the legs and lower body. If your figure is apple-shaped, go for a loose sweater in a bright hue of red or yellow, and pair it with some figure-hugging jeans or a cute pencil skirt.

This sillouette is best with a v-neck which attracts attention and draws the eye to the center of your body. Team this look with a large, stylish bag and a healthy dose of attitude!

Pear-Shaped: Go For Boat-Neck Or V-Neck Shapes

You are pear-shaped if: You have narrow shoulders, a slim waist, and broad hips and thighs.

Pear-shaped is probably the most common body type among women. The first thing you need to understand about the pear-shaped body type is that the lower half of the body is larger than the top half. As a result, you should go for any shape or cut that draws attention to the upper body.

For this reason, boat-neck and v-neck sweaters flatter pear-shaped figures. A stylish knit with one of these kinds of necklines will draw attention to the upper body, and pull focus to your torso and face. Complement a fitted knit with one of these necklines with volume on the lower part of your body such as a bubble skirt.

Hourglass: Accentuate Your Waist

You have an hourglass body type if: You have broad shoulders and wide hips with a slim waist.

The waist is an essential feature of hourglass body types because it defines the shape of your body and balances broader lower and upper frames. As a result, concentrating on the waistline can be a game-changer. If you have an hourglass figure, look for knits that are fitted around the waist and avoid loose sweaters.  You can further accentuate your small waist with a drawstring feature or by adding a belt. Knits with bright motifs on the bottom hem can also be very flattering.

Athletic: Go For Rauching

You have an athletic body type if: You are more muscular, with few curves and little body fat.

Athletic figures look fantastic in silhouettes with plenty of draping and rauching, which will give your body more curves. Look for knitwear with rauching or other forms of cinching around the waistline, or details like a drawstring to accentuate your waist and give your figure more shape.

Petite: Play With Oversize Knits

You are petite if: You are short with a slim frame.

If you have a petite figure, you may think you should avoid oversize knits. However, take advantage of you tiny frame and play with volume with a bulky sweater or long, draping cardigan. Pair large knits with slim-fitting jeans or skirts, or go for volume on the lower part of your body as well!

At the other end of the scale, close-fitting silhouettes also look great on petite frames. Look for slim and light cardigans and other form-fitting knits.


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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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