August 13, 2009

How to Flatter a Boyish Figure

Red White & Blue Chic

What works about this outfit:

  • The double-breasted style, nipped-in waist, and flare of the jacket
  • The v-neck, empire waist, and horizontal stripes on the top
  • The flare at the hem of the jeans

How to Flatter a Boyish Figure

What works about this oufit:

  • The straight, fitted style of the blazer
  • The scoop neck, empire waist, and feminine floral print on the top
  • The bootcut styling of the jeans

Pieces that Flatter a Boyish Body:

What Flatters a Boyish Figure

What Flatters Boyish Figures

What to look for in...

Coats & Jackets:

  • Fitted and structured styles (not too boxy)
  • Peplum jackets, empire styles, or ones that flare at the waist
  • Breast pockets (and other detailing)
  • Belted, or with some kind of waist definition
  • Double-breasted or wrap styles
  • Safari or biker jackets
  • Wide lapels and details at the collar


  • Semi-fitted styles
  • Wrap dresses
  • Belted shirtdresses with pocket detailing
  • A-lines, pleating, and empire waists or other waist detailing
  • Halter necklines (or sweetheart necklines for narrow shoulders)
  • Tiers, panels, or ruffles to add volume & contrast waistline
  • Bust details (such as ruffles, pleats, or ruching)
  • Princess seams and darts
  • Tapered or pencil style skirts
  • Drapey, soft fabrics


  • V-necklines, halter, or scoop necks (open necklines)
  • Use belts to cinch & define waist
  • Ruffled, gathered, pleated, or embellished necklines
  • Horizontal stripes or details
  • Empire waist, waist ties
  • Flared or flutter sleeves
  • Breast pockets and other bust detailing
  • Yoke details bring attention to bust
  • Floral, polka dot, paisley, etc.


  • Low-rise styles
  • Fitted through the hips & bottom with a flare at the hem
  • Straight, bootcut, or flared
  • Pleats visually create curves
  • Skinny or straight styles emphasize hips
  • Angled pockets, or buttons (on sailor-style pants) help give hips shape
  • Back patch or button-flap pockets to add definition

Have any tips on how to dress for a boyish shape? Share them in your comments!


  1. Very useful tips! I love the first outfit. And the dark green jacket under "Pieces that Flatter"!

  2. No advice here, but I love those outfits! And I'd definitely wear those pieces you displayed. Great tips.

  3. Love the first outfit! Perfect for fall.

  4. I would recommend wearing tops with a fitted bust and flare at the bottom. It might create the look of bigger hips ;)


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