As a teenager you probably wondered when your hips or your breasts will grow in. Sadly, five, ten years came and they still look like they almost never came: your hips are narrow, your bust is small and you have a non-existent waist. The boyish shape figure also known as the ruler or banana has a sporty physique and your slander figure will be envy of many.
Whether you have mastered how to create those desired curves with the use of colour and design or continually struggle we have a whole range advice articles to give you tips and ideas with dressing your body shape.
Despite this, celebrities like Meg Ryan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson and Keira Knightly have managed to look sexy despite having the same width all throughout their form (just like a ruler or a rectangle).
Check out these tips to look and feel all-woman sexy like Kate, Keira, Gwyneth and Meg.
Tops for Boyish Shaped Women:
Creating those curves is easier then you think with the right clothing!
Luckily for you boyish shaped women you are able to pull off wearing high necked tops. These tops give an appearance of having a fuller chest.
Crew neck shirts or those with high necklines like turtlenecks and tops that bunch at the neck and chest.
Tasteful front pleats or frills also boost your curves and gives your upper body a soft feminine look. Fuller sleeves and floaty fabrics also look good on you.
If you want to wear straight-cut tops, choose longer tops that reach the hips and end along the waist. Sweet heart necklines will do nothing for you in the bust area so it’s best to avoid them along with baggy tops and tunics.
Is all about structure and the cinching in at the waist with your shape to easily create the illusion of that curvy body you want.
Show-off those wonderful shoulders by wearing sleeveless tops or halter cuts. Choose tops with necklines that accentuate your bust rather than strapless numbers that flatten your chest.
Banded tops with a wide hem that end at the hips add extra width along the hips. A ruffled shirt nipped at the waist also builds the same illusion of wider hips and a heavier top.
Jackets and Coats for Boyish Shaped Women:
Jackets and Coats follow the same rules basically as tops; you just need to follow the rules structured up top and a fabulous cinched in tiny waist.
A tailored, curvy jacket or smallish cardigans favored by Michelle Obama will give you that desired feminine shape.
Coats that flare out from the waist and stop at the hip will give the illusion of wider hips.
Accessorize your coats and jackets with different belts to keep that waist tucked and change its look for different occasions.
Remember to avoid boy cut jackets the straight up and down shape does not help to create curves along with slouchy jackets.
As it’s almost summer and coats will not be much use to you for a good couple of months at least why not try buying a light weight parka or even a cardigan with a tie belt for those evenings sat outside enjoying the summer nights. The soft feminine fabrics paired with the tie belt would be perfect for your shape.
Skirts and Trousers for Boyish Shaped Women
Soft skirts with materials that flow and swing are better for you than boxy minis for example because the former create the illusion of wider hips. For nights out, a swingy bias-cut dress will look sexier with girly heels.
Pencil skirts and slender shifts play up your lean looks. You can pair this with a knit top in nearly any length, as long as it fits in a straight line that skims the body without indenting at the waistline.
Mermaid skirts, skirts that are layered and textures as well as tulip skirts create bulk but without making you look frumpy.
The new bubble shorts and skirts will give your slim hips the illusion of more curviness, they work well with a tucked in slim knit top or with a cropped top
The general rule for your body shape when is come to trousers is tailored is better. Fit matters for the boyish figure.
Linen trousers would be a great option for summer giving you and elegant look whilst keeping you cool at the same time.
Detailing on the hips and bum will help broaden your hips however be careful when it comes to cargo pants, unless you can find a pair of cargo pants that are classed as feminine they will just make you appear more boyish.
If you’re feeling daring why not try peg or carrot leg trousers, they have a similar shape to them as skinny jeans (your best friends when it come to jeans!) they will show off your long lean legs whilst adding a tough of fashion.
Jeans for Boyish Shaped Women:
You really shouldn’t have any problems with jeans, don’t you? With your slim hips, any kind of jeans look good on you.
Low rise jeans with wide waistbands (preferable of thicker material) that fall on the fullest part of your hips will add a few centimeters. Detailing on the hips and bum will also help to broaden those slender hips.
Skinny jeans that tightly fit, also leggings and jeggings (jeans that fit like leggings) are like your body shapes best friends, they enhance your hips show and off your long slim legs which any other body shape would kill to have. Skinny jeans are must have in your wardrobe and are perfect for day to day right through to evening wear on a night out with your friends.
Jean styles paired with closer fitting tops should have wide or flared legs to add the illusion of a little more width or curve to your body.
Bleaching or fading effects on the thighs and bum can add contour and help create the illusion of curves.
Beware of jeans that sit on your waist they just show off the fact that there is not much of a waist there. Always try and opt for low rise jeans and add a belt to accessorize which will add width to your hips.
The darker jeans are obviously we all know the more slimming they are. Luckily for you you’ve been blessed with a slender frame and can get away with wearing any colour of jeans teamed up with jut about anything.
Finding the right pair of jeans that fit perfectly is a very hard thing to come across if you do find a pair some where why not buy them in every colour!?
Dresses for Boyish Shaped Women
Dresses for the boyish shaped woman can be fabulous, there are so many accessories that you can use to emphasise your body and gain terrific curves.
The perfect dress for the boyish frame flatters and adds curves, look for a dress with a lot of shape however avoid cutesy looks such as puffed sleeves as you will just end up looking little girlish.
Luckily for you most clothing especially dresses actually hangs better on women with smaller busts! If you do want to add more volume up top look for embellishment, ruffles or fullness at the bust. A great dress that automatically makes the chest area appear fuller are empire style dresses, these would be great for your body shape as there usually not clingy so won’t show your boyish frame off underneath.
Another option to create the illusion of curves is to draw attention to your waist, cinched in waist lines or a dress worn with a bodice will defiantly give you some defined curves and help you to achieve that hourglass look.
However make sure you find one of the right length there would be nothing worse then having a floor length dress flapping round your calves.
Maxi dresses are right on trend this season and would look great on your tall slim frame.
Bikini and Swimwear for Boyish Shaped Women
To be able to choose the perfect bikini for the boyish oblong figure shape you firstly need to understand your body shape and what areas you should draw attention to and also what areas you should pull attention away from.
To create that body balance the boyish shape needs to visually create more curves. This can be achieved by putting emphasis on the bust and hips and making them appear fuller. As bikinis can be bought as separates they can be easily mixed and matched using design, pattern and colour to create that perfect bikini for a boyish oblong shaped woman.
The ideal bikini and costume for the athletic boyish shape will have ties, ruffles or ruched design and should be feminine. To create a bikini cleavage you may want to go for a more padded bikini top.
Underwear for Boyish Shaped Women
Wearing the right underwear for your body shape is essential. For the best results choose well fitting undergarments that will complement your boyish shaped figure, this will effect how good you look and feel once dressed and give you that great foundation.
So, don’t forget that what you wear underneath your well chosen clothes also makes a difference too!
Underwear for boyish shaped ladies can visually increase the breast and hips and bottom at the same time trimming the waist so visually smaller!
Today it is quite easy to compensate or this and give yourself a boost in this area with the help of a balconette bra, push-up bras or a Wonderbra, not only will this make you feel more blessed along the chest area but will also draw the eye away from that straight up and down waist of yours. Frill detail and pattern to the bra and knickers will help to add width to your hips and more fullness up top.
Corsets will give any women amazing curves. Even if you don’t need slimming but want the illusions of a curvier figure invest in a corset that will pull you right in giving the appearance of sexy hips a tiny waist and much larger boobs.
Boyish Shaped Celebrities
The boyish shape figure gives and athletic look and slender silhouette, celebrities who usually stay around the same proportions will be seen to have the boyish or column shape figure.
Many women spend a lot of time and money trying to slim down and shape up. If you’re rectangular or boy shaped, you do not have to. With these few tips you would look all-out beautiful, feminine and fabulous – surely the envy of many women.
Just a few well known celebrities with boyish shaped figures are Reese Witherspoon, Keira Knightley, Cameron Diaz and Trinny Woodall.