Up Top: The Perfect Shirt for Your Body Type
To wear this great layering piece, use a camisole in a contrasting color under a jacket for a slimming effect. Camisoles can have an empire waist, which is good for either triangle or inverted triangle shapes.
A V-neck is good for all silhouettes—it's listed as one of my 10 Commandments and as a closet must-have.
A surplice top is good for hourglass figures and, depending on the cut, can be good for either triangle or inverted triangle as well as a rectangle. Cinching will create a waist for the rectangle shape, and if it flares a bit at the hem, it can hid hips or create hips, making this top also work well for triangles and inverted triangles.
A wrap top has the same benefits as the surplice—but you can tie as tight or loose as you need, adding some flex ability to the waistline.
A cardigan is an excellent layering and transitional piece. Choose one that is not too bulky, as that will add weight to your frame and can be unflattering.
A halter top is excellent for triangle shapes because it brings out the shoulders to balance hips. A halter also looks great on rectangles because it brings out your shoulders, making your waist seem smaller.
A square neckline is better for triangles because it draws the eye out, elongating your shoulders to balance your hips.
A U-neck is good for triangles if the scoop rests far on your shoulders. This will make your shoulders appear wider—same as a square neck. A U-neckline can also be good for rectangles because it widens your shoulders, making your waist seem smaller. A shallow U-neck can draw the eye to the center of the body, which will make you appear slimmer. This is a good choice for full-figured ladies.
A turtleneck works for all body shapes. Fitted, it is good as a layering piece in colder weather. I would watch that you do not choose one that doesn't have any shape, as that will appear to add weight to your figure.
A sweetheart neckline is a good choice for a rectangle, as it will widen your shoulders and adds feminine curves to a boyish shape.
A raglan is best for inverted triangles, as it pulls the eye in minimizing your shoulder width.
A kimono top works best on taller frames, as this silhouette can be overwhelming on petites.
This is a great layering piece for all body types—just make sure it has shape. It should come in at the waist and release at the hip. Without shape, it will look boxy and add weight to your frame.
A cowl neck is best for those of you who have longer necks—it's a don't for petites.
A boatneck top is best for triangles, as the line across the collarbone will draw the eye out and balance a larger hip.
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