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Make the most of your body: Fuller bust

How to balance an inverted triangleFind balance by choosing shapes that create a longer-looking middle. your strong shoulder line, narrow hips and flat bottom are fashion-friendly, allowing you to select from many styles.

Best topsYou can always count on a tailored shirt that finishes between the top of your hip and just below your bottom over slim pants.

Another failsafe route is a V-neck cardigan worn unbuttoned at the hip over a silky camisole or singlet. Choose softsleeved styles such as raglan, dropped shoulder or kimono. Sleeveless tanks with u or V-necks work best with wide-set straps.

Best jackets and coatsTrust classic single-breasted, shaped jackets that button lower down, but keep shoulder padding minimal and avoid wide lapels. Look for minimal shoulder padding and medium-width lapels. you can wear belted cardigans – tie the sash low to give the illusion of a longer waist. You can’t go wrong with a knee-length trench, straight or slightly flared, with a belted waist.

Best pantsThe world of pants is yours to enjoy. Explore the full range of styles, from narrow to very wide, hipster or waisted. If you have a fuller middle, avoid high-waisted styles. If you want to addcurves, wear jeans with lighter patches or whiskering on bottom and thighs.

Best skirtsTry yoked styles with tiers, soft gathers or pleats. Also look for godet styles made with triangular-shaped panels that are widest at the hem.

Circle skirts that skim your hips can be flattering, as can pencil skirts without a waistband worn just below the knee. A-lines in firm and soft fabrics are a sure thing. Bagged hemlines create useful volume down low.

Best dressesLook for simple shift styles worn at knee length with heels to emphasise your legs. The best shape is A-line in soft fabric, semi-fitted through the torso with a flare at the hem.

Wrap dresses are great for those with average-length waists. Tunics with flat sandals will work for you.

Best avoidedHalter-neck styles will exaggerate your shoulders and unbalance your body. Deep oval scoop necklines and heavily draped cowls aren’t for you. Also avoid tops with very small or very large patterns.

AccessorisingIf you have great legs, wear low-placed focal points – interesting tights, embellished shoes.Best necklace is medium to long.

Top tipKeep necklines open and simple. Sleeves should finish above or below the bustline. Have your bras professionally fitted.

Find out more about your style personality and working with colour.

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