Body Type: Lean

Lean figured ladies have the body of a model. There are no misplaced curves interrupting the line of your body or interrupting the lines of your clothes. Sometimes it can be difficult for linear shapes to feel feminine in thier clothes. And it can even be difficult to find clothes that fit at all. Many of these women stick to the juniors department because the clothes are made for subtler curves. If you don't wear a padded bra, someone has surely suggested it to you. If these characteristics sound like you, and you have a waist/hip and waist/bust ratio greater than .75; your hips and bust are virtually the same, then you are a lean figured gal.

According to Reachel at at CE, linear ladies have the liberty to accessorize generously. They can create volume and interest with pleats, ruffles and frills. It's a good idea to attempt to draw curves along your figure with row of buttons, piped edges, or strategically placed pockets. Look for soft, flowing fabrics that will create movement and hint at a curvier figure. The end game is to draw curves and minimize angles. A good way to do this is by selecting flirty and feminine pieces.

Floral Sheer Top $17.80 from Forever 21

The ruffled and pintucked detail at the chest alludes to curves that could be hiding under the top. The belt defines a distinct waist. The top flares at the hip hinting at a curvier backside.

Pleated Linen Skirt w/ Belt $22.80 from Forever 21

The pleats on this skirt create vuluptious volume at the hip.

Buttoned Linen Skirt $22.80 from Forever 21

The pleats and pocket detailing on this skirt allude to a more generous hip.

Ruffle Chiffon Blouse $17.99 from Charlotte Russe

Rustling ruffles at the bust give the illusion of underlying volume, while the smocked waistband accentuates the waist. A puffed sleeve rounds angular shoulders.

Straight Leg Charcoal Denim $15.oo (orig. $75.00) from 15 Dollar Store

This is one of the few body types that benefit from a slim-cut trousers. The narrow ankle alludes to a wider, curvier hip and close fitting seat shows off the subtle curves of the backside.

Read Cardigan Empire's full Lean Figure post here, for even more tips on how to dress your shape.

Thanks for reading, and as always,

Happy Shopping!


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