Mens Body Analysis – How To Dress A Triangular Body Shape

Men with a triangular body shape will have wide shoulders and narrow hips. This can be a natural shape or can be achieved by having a very physical job or exercise. This is deemed the mens ideal body shape.

Below are some clothing style guidelines for this body shape.

Business/Formal Jackets

  • Double Breasted
  • Wide or peaked lapels
  • Angular hemline
  • Slightly padded
  • No Vents / 2 Side Vents
  • Flap Pockets
  • Avoid emphasis on shoulders

Casual Jackets/Tops

  • Bomber
  • Blouson
  • Unstructured
  • Belted Coats
  • Tucked in Tops


  • Double pleats
  • Straight leg/bootcut
  • Slim fit
  • Belted waist
  • Straight leg/slim fit jeans

Shirts and Tops

  • Tucked in – belt showing
  • Slim fit – v neck and polo
  • Set – in sleeves
  • Drop shoulder
  • Short in length

Fabrics and patterns

  • Tightly woven
  • Crisp
  • Little or no texture
  • Plain or pinstripe
  • Check, geometric or abstract patterns
  • Herringbone or plaids (large checks)



  • Angular buckle


  • Solid colour
  • Stripe
  • Geometric
  • Abstract
  • Paisley


  • Avoid soft fabrics



Womens Body Analysis- The Apple Body Shape

Apple body shapes have a full upper body, a prominent tummy and are fuller around the waistline. In some cases they can have wide hips and fuller legs or quite slender legs in proportion to the upper body.

Emphasise the shoulders and keep the focus on the neckline and on the face. Choose looser fitting and longer style tops without drawing too much attention to the waistline. Stick to solid medium to dark colours, geometric and abstract patterns as well as details such as ruching and matt fabrics.

Examples of celebrities with this body shape are Dawn French and Beth Ditto.

Clothing Style Guidelines – The Apple Body Shape

Tops and T shirts

  • Go for tops with necklines that flatter the bust, which are longer in the body and not too tight
  • Empire line side fastening shirts
  • Empire line tops and t shirts
  • Ruching detail around the tummy area
  • Go for styles with strong or enhanced shoulder details
  • Bold Patterns
  • Wide V necks or scoop necklines


  • Cowl neck tunics
  • 3/4 length cardigans with belts tied at the back or ones that are just worn open

Avoid: Ponchos and chunky knitwear


  • Unstructured or structured, semi fitted blazers with single button
  • V neck jackets that give defined waist
  • Go for styles with strong or enhanced shoulder details


  • Swagger
  • 3/4 length duster coat
  • Go for styles with strong or enhanced shoulder details
  • Flared coats with deep lapels


  • Skirts with a wide waistband with pleats starting below the tummy
  • Stitched down pleated, A-line and flared skirt styles
  • Bold patterned skirts
  • Dark coloured tailored wide leg and bootleg trousers


  • Bold patterns


  •  Small delicate patterns


  • Light to medium weight fabrics


  • Fabrics that cling






Eating Clean Feeling Lean – Clean living has a positive effect on how you look and feel

Often, when we take a look in the mirror we are less than impressed with what is staring back at us, but striving for the body we want must start with a healthy attitude. Eating the right foods for your body and knowing how to eat for life can have positive impacts not only on your physical appearance but also how you feel.

Let’s be honest, diets usually lead to failure, so finding a sustainable, healthy-eating approach that will suit your life is essential. Now, to be clear I do not condone ‘diets’ which include fasts, cutting out entire food groups or obsessive exercise routines for any period of time. Although at this time of year, quick-fix diets may sound tempting but in 95% of cases, diets result in weight gain. To put it simply; our body fat is connected to our central nervous system and rapid weight loss or extreme dieting can trigger our body’s self-preservation mechanism so our bodies go into storage mode; thinking we are starving. So, when you ditch the crash diet and go back to eating how you originally were you gain weight. Dieters therefore are setting themselves up to fail continuously. The idea then is to find a way of eating for life, something realistic to follow that is sustainable. Here are my 3 approaches that I recommend:

Eat more raw food

If we look at the natural world, we would never find any other living creatures that are overweight (except for our over fed dogs). It is almost hard for our minds to conjure up the image of an overweight plant or lady bug-due to the fact that all living creatures consume a steady diet of raw foods while us humans eat a considerable amount of cooked,processed and artificial toxin containing foods. Eating a diet rich in raw foods works well for weight loss because raw plant foods are naturally low in calories but high in nutrients- we are simply designed to eat these foods! Raw foods are also naturally diuretic so we feel lighter and less bloated which can also account for a significant weight loss. Aiming for a diet high in raw foods is not difficult to achieve. If you have some fruit with breakfast or mid-morning snack, a large salad for lunch, crudités such as raw celery and carrot as a snack and side salad with dinner you’re there. Try to always accompany your meals with lots of raw, fresh vegetables with chicken or fish.

Eat less processed foods

Processed foods are highly to blame for the sharp rise in obesity levels and chronic disease. Excess weight is often to blame thanks to highly processed foods and simply shifting you’re thought pattern and eating habits could completely change your body and the way you feel. The main rules are don’t eat any product containing more than five ingredients and don’t eat anything you don’t recognise or cannot pronounce the word of. The premise is simple; eat real food. Many people just lose weight simply by switching to real food without doing much else. Yes, you do have to start reading labels and cook from scratch but making simple, healthy, real food is easy and it doesn’t have to be really time consuming. But you have to think to yourself; is eating ready meals, pre-made pasta sauce, biscuits and shop bought pizza really worth those extra pounds on the scales and poor skin? Yes, you have to make changes but they are simple……Who wants to feel sluggish and have excess fat around their middle?

Go macrobiotic

It has been claimed that a macrobiotic diet decreases your likelihood of developing cancer, prevents diabetes and cardiovascular disease and helps control weight. A macrobiotic diet is based on ancient Chinese philosophy and recommends limiting intakes of white flour, dairy, meat, sugar,caffeine and introducing foods such as whole grains, fish, beans and vegetables. The premise is that the consumption of un natural or ‘processed’ ingredients and foods introduces toxins into the body leading to disease. This diet is certainly achievable in everyday life and suggests eating tofu instead of meat, rice milk instead of cow’s milk and almond butter instead of dairy butter. There is no need necessarily to cut out meat or dairy entirely but you can simply achieve benefits by adding more of these macrobiotic foods into the diet.

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Rebecca Greenberg BSc (Hons)
Nutrition Consultant

Womens Body Analysis – The Inverted Triangle Body Shape

This shape is apparently the second most desired body shape to have! Typically inverted triangles will have wide shoulders, broad back, can be full busted and from the waist down has a smaller waist, narrow hips and slender legs.

If this sounds like you, we have some guidelines of what to wear and how to style yourself to accentuate your best features when preparing for a night out! Dress this figure with simple designs and use block colour rather than patterns, for some reason this usually works better. Broad shoulders are an asset and will make the waistline appear smaller. The aim is to balance the lower body with the upper body using the correct styles and details below the waist.

Depending on the occasion you are dressing for adapt your style accordingly. Whether for work or hitting the town in London, you can always dress to impress and look and feel your best. If you are venturing out though, booking a minicab in advance can prevent a great night going bad and that  fabulous outfit going to waste!

Examples of celebrities with inverted triangle body shapes include Tyra Banks and Katie Price.

Clothing Style Guidelines- The Inverted Triangle Body Shape

Tops and T-shirts

  • V- neck, square, sweetheart and halter necklines
  • Striaght lapels
  • Mandarin collar
  • Polo shirts


  • Shorter fitted cardigans and jumpers
  • 3/4 length fitted cardigans
  • Asymetric and wrap styles


  • Slightly fitted, classic styles with nipped in waist
  • Peplum, bomber and bolero
  • Waistcoats


  • Belted macs
  • Simple classic designs
  • Coats with fuller skirts


Very heavy shoulder padding or accentuated shoulder detail


  • Short skirts, straight pencil, pleated, stitched down pleated and gored skirts
  • Skirts with fluted hemline
  • Tapered, straight, skinny and bootleg trousers and leggings


  • Geometric and asymmetric patterns and lines
  • Use solid colours rather than patterns to create a dramatic effect


Floral or fussy prints


  • Structured fabrics which retain their shape
  • Tweed
  • Jersey
  • Raw silk
  • Corduroy
  • Crisp cotton and linens


– Casey Paul



Womens Body Analysis – The Hourglass Body Shape

The hourglass figure is deemed to be the perfect body shape. There are two versions of this body shape; slim and petite or full and curvy- the second being the most commonly recognised. The upper and lower body will be in proportion and you will notice a smaller defined waistline. Women with this shape are fortunate as weight gain or loss is evenly distributed on the body.

The cut of clothes need to work with the hourglass body shape, mirroring the figure, showing off every curve and accentuating this feminine shape. The aim is to highlight the waistline and avoid any boxy clothing shapes.

Examples of celebrities with this shape are Marilyn Monroe and Liz Hurley.

Clothing Style Guidelines – The Hourglass Body Shape

Tops and T shirts

  • V and square necklines
  • Curved necklines
  • Cowl, scoop, crew, henley and shawl collar
  • Sweetheart necklines
  • Round and dropped notch lapels and slightly rounded shirt collar


Straight, slash, boat and turtle necklines


  • Twin sets, crew and cowl
  • Tunic styles, fitted under bust


  • Light to medium fabrics
  • Smooth wools and knits, jersey, chiffon and silk
  • Light weight wool, jersey and suede
  • Corduroy, linen, soft lace and stone washed silk (matt finish)


  • fitted with curved or angular necklines, lapels and hemlines
  • Jackets with two buttoned fastening
  • Single breasted styles


Double breasted and boxy styles


  • Softly tailored with little or no detail
  • A line or flowing hemlines
  • Nipped in waist and belted styles
  • Curved or set in pockets
  • Swagger and princess styles


  • Sarong/wrap skirts
  • Tapered, boot, straight and wide leg trousers
  • Pencil and A line skirts


  • Soft and bolder abstracts
  • Polka dots
  • Florals





Womens Body Analysis- The rectangle body shape

The rectangle body shape will have a straight up and down figure with no defined waist. In terms of sizing there will be little or no difference between the upper, waist and lower sizes. Women that have a rectangular body shape quite often will be referred to as having an athletic or boyish figure. There are two versions of this body shape, one being lean and straight and the other being fuller and straight.

Most clothes can be worn well; the cut of the clothes needs to be structured, sometimes with a strong shoulder line. The lean rectangle shape will benefit from layering that will break up the body rather than figure hugging styles. With both shapes the idea is to create curves, drawing attention to the waistline.

Celebrity examples are Cameron Diaz and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Clothing style guidelines- The Rectangle Body Shape

Tops and T-shirts

  • Straight and round necklines
  • V-neck, square, rounded square, halter, slash, mandarin and sailor necklines
  • Tank tops
  • Straight and notched lapels
  • Polo shirts


  • Belted cardigans
  • V neck and wrap cardigans
  • Tunics fitted under bust


  • Fabrics which retain their shape
  • Tweed
  • Silk and raw silk
  • Jersey
  • Corduroy
  • Crisp Cottons and linens


  • Single breasted blazers
  • Fitted waistcoats
  • Long Semi – fitted 3/4 length cardigans


  • Belted Macs
  • Single Breasted styles
  • Wrap, flared and A line coats


  • Straight, tulip, pencil, stitched down pleated and straight wrap skirts
  • Skirts with fluted hemline
  • Straight, skinny, bootleg or tapered trousers


  • Stripes
  • Checks
  • Geometric abstracts


Womens Body Analysis – The Pear Shape

The pear shape is the most common of the female body shapes. The upper body will often be straighter, more angular and smaller than the lower body, which tends to be fuller and curvier. When dressing a pear shape you’ll need to opt for two different sizes; one for the upper and one for the lower body to get the clothes to fit perfectly. Typically pear shapes will have a smaller, defined waistline and usually a smaller bust.

The aim when dressing a pear shape is to balance the upper body with the lower body whilst emphasising the waistline. You must widen and broaden the appearance of the shoulders using the correct styles and details. The upper body will suit more structured styles than the lower body.

Celebrity pear shape examples are Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Lopez.

Clothing style guidelines – The Pear Shape

Tops and T-shirts

  • Straight necklines
  • V neck, square and strapless
  • Polo shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Straight and notched lapels
  • Straight, slash, boat, mandarin and sailor necklines

NOTE – Pear shapes can wear shawl collars and curved necklines but they wont look as good as angular styles.


  • Cardigan, v neck and twin sets

Fabrics (upper body)

  • Structured fabrics which retain their shape
  • Silk and satin
  • Corduroy
  • Crisp cotton and linens
  • Smooth wool and fine knits

Fabrics (lower body)

  • Light to medium weight fabrics
  • Chiffon
  • Silk jersey
  • Linen
  • Fine corduroy
  • Satin, taffeta, velvet, stone washed silk (matt finish) and soft lace


  • Single breasted jackets with nipped in waist
  • Bomber
  • Chanel / boxy
  • Cardigan jacket


  • Fitted and straight
  • Swagger, belted and single breasted styles


  • Sarong/ wrap skirts
  • Boot, flared and wide leg trousers
  • Pencil and A-line skirts

Patterns (upper body)

  • Stripes and checks
  • Geometric abstracts
  • Graphical patterns
  • Small scale patterns

Patterns (lower body)

  • Paisley
  • Soft circular abstracts
  • Polka dots
  • Multi coloured patterns
  • Abstract florals
  • Larger scale patterns

Miss England Alize Mounter talks fashion and style

I have recently had the pleasure of working with the current Miss England, Alize Mounter, while judging some of the heats for the Miss England 2012 contest. It is nearly time for the title to be passed over, so I caught up with the beauty to talk fashion and style and what the experience of being Miss England has meant to her.


CASEY: What are your favourite clothing brands? 

ALIZE: My favourite brands are Ted Baker, Gucci, Mulberry.

CASEY: Where do you usually shop?

ALIZE: Zara, Ted Baker, Reiss, and Topshop.  Although I love finding vintage one of pieces when I can, and have all sorts of one off labels in my wardrobe.

CASEY: Who are your style icons?

ALIZE: The three Kates; Kate Middleton, Kate Moss and Kate Winslet!

CASEY: How would you describe your style?

ALIZE: My fashion style I would say is very classic although I do like mixing contemporary pieces with vintage classics. I like to mix it up especially when I am not being Miss England for the day and I love to experiment with new styles. I love shopping in high street stores like Zara, Ted Baker, Reiss, and Topshop, then adding a designer piece like a handbag to make the outfit unique! Writing this has definitely made me want to go shopping! Sometimes when I am tired of dressing up really girly I cannot wait to wear my converses, skinny jeans and black leather jacket. This is also my more ‘preppy’ kind of style which I enjoy wearing.

CASEY: What do you look for in a mans appearance?

ALIZE: I like a man to look pretty manly in a smart fashionable way. I like a tall muscular physique, a rugged look if you like!

CASEY: Do you have a dress to impress or dress for success outfit?

ALIZE: Since Miss England my wardrobe has expanded in colour. I never used to wear red at all, but I have realised over this year it really is a colour that suits me and always seems to impress. You can’t go wrong with an eye catching red dress to impress.

CASEY: Any past fashion disasters you dare to share with us?

ALIZE: There’s none that springs to mind in particular, I am sure there are a few, but I have always been so fashion conscious ever since I was really young. I am sure a few of my ‘experiments’ may have looked a little strange to some. Too much mixing is not always a good idea.

CASEY: Alize you are in incredible shape, do you follow a strict diet and gym regime to keep yourself looking your best?

ALIZE: I have to be honest I really don’t have time to follow a strict diet or regime, I am away travelling a lot and never get the time or even have the energy to train. I enjoy healthy food anyway, but life is too short, you have to enjoy food. I run a lot when I am home, and try my best to not eat too late – always start the day with a good breakfast and try not eat heavy carbs too late.Thats my best regime.

CASEY: What would you say has been the highlight of being Miss England?

ALIZE: There are so many highlights it really is difficult to choose one. I would say an overall highlight is the travelling; I have had the opportunity to go to so many different countries and once in a lifetime experiences. I have had the opportunity to swim with dolphins in Mauritius and go on a Safari in Kenya. I have witnessed the prime ministers question time at the house of commons and had lunch with a Lord. I have met many good friends from countries worldwide, learnt about different cultures and languages. I have witnessed poverty and suffering in Ghana and Kenya which really was an eye opener. All in all it has given me a great education and learning, with so many wonderful memories. 

CASEY: You are currently the 2011-2012 Miss England but your crown will soon be handed over, so whats next for you?

ALIZE: The world is my oyster I suppose. I am going back to university to finish my degree in Journalism and Drama. I will also continue modelling, with an ambition to become a successful writer and television presenter. I may even do a masters in acting. But I want to keep working with charities I have met this year, keep travelling as much as I can and try different things as life is too short not to.




Body Language- The waiting room

The Waiting Room

Lately I’ve been sitting in plenty of waiting rooms before meetings.  The magazine rack is always good entertainment but watching the body language of fellow waitees over the top of Hello! Magazine is fascinating. In today’s blog I’ll share some thoughts on this.

Firstly-  there are tons of comfort gestures. These are movements which convey ‘ I need reassurance’  and they can be: smoothing your outfit, boofing your hair or slicking it back, gum chewing, nail biting, finger tapping, cufflink adjusting and so on. Fashion accessories and jewellery are big culprits here- mainly watches, rings and necklaces. It has been shown that there is a strong correlation between which section of their body people ‘groom’ the more anxious they feel. Straightening out a cuff or loosening a watchstrap, for instance is a weaker displacement gesture than fiddling with a necklace or collar, meaning that the person who adjusts their timepiece appears more confident than the lady ( or fashionable man) moving the clasp of a necklace. This is because the higher up the body the gesture is the more is soothes the nervous system. When we aren’t comfortable often we feel the sensation of heat on the neck, or feeling flushed, adjusting collars and touching the neck or face are viewed as signs of this.

What people do with any ‘artificial aid’ ( an object that they don’t need but perform actions with, or an object they do need but perform superfluous actions with) is revealing:  for example, removing and cleaning glasses is taken as a sign of indecisiveness. Putting the arm of your glasses in your mouth is considered to be a ‘thinking’ gesture if you appear confident, and a security-craving gesture if you seem nervous. Both of these statements have Freudian origins, but we won’t discuss them here!

A short, but significant sidebar on fashionable frames:  non-verbal experts Allan and Barbara Pease have conducted studies which show that people who wear glasses in meetings and interviews are judged to be 14 IQ points higher than those without. But unless you need them, only wear glasses for short meetings as this ‘spectacles effect’ – as I call it, lasts approximately five minutes. The larger the frames of the glasses, the more this aura of credibility and intelligence is diluted too.

Women often touch up their makeup in waiting areas, usually lipstick or lip gloss. For meetings, be sparing with darker shades of lipstick as test groups revealed women who wore dark lipstick are perceived to be more self-interested and competing for male attention than those who wore nude shades, who were associated with professionalism and being business-minded. Women who wore no lipstick at all were considered competent but to have less impressive personal skills.

Men I noticed sometimes fumble when the person they are meeting with comes to greet them if they are holding a briefcase. Try to carry a slim line briefcase which spells efficiency – large briefcases (and for women, large handbags) convey being less adaptable and less powerful.  It’s important that you keep your items in your left hand so that your hand is free for a firm, equal handshake – that all important, ancient symbol of trust and welcome.


–          Bianca

The Only Way Is Essex Style – Ricky Rayment

The lovely Ricky Rayment from television show ‘The Only Way is Essex’ caught up with me to talk fashion, style and the future. After hearing from people about his ‘playboy’ antics, I was pleasantly suprised to be faced with such a polite gentleman with not a grain of arrogance.

CASEY: How would you describe your style?

RICKY: I don’t have a particular style, I just throw something on and look in the mirror to see if it looks ok. I just wear what I think will look good on me. I don’t follow brands either.

CASEY: Talk me through your outfit today, what brands are you wearing?

RICKY: I’m wearing an All Saints shirt, Diesel jeans, Prada belt and Hudson shoes.

CASEY: What shops are we likely to find you in when you are looking for clothes?

RICKY: As I said before, I don’t follow brands I just wear what I like but I guess I generally go to Hugo Boss, All Saints, Jack Wills, Zara and Topman.

CASEY: Who are your style icons?

RICKY: Tom Ford, David Beckham and Ryan Reynolds.

CASEY: What is the most expensive piece of clothing or jewellery you have bought?

RICKY: My Tag Monaco watch is the most expensive thing I have bought, it was £4,500.

CASEY: Have you had any past fashion disasters that you dare to share with us?

RICKY: Yes, I went thorough a ghetto rude boy stage where I was wearing baggy tracksuits and that kind of stuff.

CASEY: Do you have a dress for success or dress to impress outfit?

RICKY: A grey Hugo Boss suit, you can’t go wrong with that.

CASEY: What do you look for in a woman’s appearance?

RICKY: I am not fussed, as long as she is happy and looks nice. I do like women in low back tops or dresses though, I like to see the back, I think that’s sexy.

CASEY: You are currently in the television show ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ but what does the future hold for Ricky Rayment?

RICKY: I always seem to mess up and get myself in trouble, so for now I am just going with the flow! There are endless possibilities but for now I am just enjoying it all.