The saree blouse has been increasingly making statements and gaining a special place among the fashionable as well as the not so fashionable. These days the focus is as much – if not more – on the blouse as it is on the saree, lehanga or other such accompaniment. Women everywhere are going to lengths to get their blouses right in order to maximise the appeal of their outfit.
With the fusion trend getting stronger by the year, the lines between the saree blouse and the western crop top are blurring. With both being, at times, interchangeable in the modern woman’s wardrobe.
As with any other garment, let us look at the blouse in relation to our body shape. The most flattering looks are simply the ones that enhance our assets and minimise our flaws.
Your body type may be a combination of two or more categories or might fall neatly into one of the five general categories: pear, apple, inverted triangle, rectangle and hourglass.
You are Pear shaped if your hips and thighs are larger than your shoulders and you have a smaller bust and a defined waist.
You would want to draw attention to your assets – namely, your shoulders and torso. And away from your lower body.
“Flatter your shoulders with off-shoulder blouses or blouses with wide collars and embellishments. Hide your well endowed lower body by choosing dramatic colour contrasts which bring the upper body into focus. Boat necks and ruffled blouses work well for this type too”.
This shape is characterised by fullness around the middle with rounder and broad shoulders. Your legs and thighs are generally slim.
You would want to create the illusion of a longer torso and a smaller waist. And draw attention away from a thick tummy or midsection.
“Wear blouses with wide and plunging necklines like a V-Necks, Square Necks or a Scoop Neck. Blouses with vertical details and monochromatic colours work well with this body type.”
You are a hourglass if you have your hips and your bust of a similar proportion with a slim,defined waist.
You want to draw attention to your assets – namely, your great curves. And keep balance between your upper and lower half of the body while accentuating your waist.
“Wear form fitted blouses in lightweight styles and fabrics which play up your curves. Three quarter sheer sleeves look good on this body type too. An hourglass shape can carry the trendy, longer blouse, as this will lengthen the torso and never let you down. A corset blouse compliments the shapely bust and waist.”
INVERTED TRIANGLE SHAPE
This shape is characterised by a proportionally larger upper body with your bottom half being smaller than the top.You have a narrower waist and hips, with your bottom tending to be smaller than your bust.
You would want to go for looks which minimise the upper body and define the waist. While playing up your bottom half with bright colours etc.
“Wear dark coloured blouses with narrow V-Necks or wrap style blouses. Keep the balance by avoid- ing ruffles on the blouse and choosing drapey fabric and styles to soften the top. Also Halter Neck styles are best avoided for this body type.”
You are a rectangle if your shoulder and hips are of the similar width without much definition in your waist.
You would want to keep your shoulders and hips in proportion while creating the illusion of a defined waist.
“Wear the tricky high neck blouses if your bust is not too ample. Halter Neck blouses as well as Boat Necks look great on this type. Add more femininity to your look by the use of Lace and Silk fabrics as well as embellishments around the bust and shoulder.”
No matter what your body shape, you can still be the belle of the ball in your perfect blouse. Sounds good? Then come on in – let’s start creating the perfect ‘blouse’!