Every month, Aloha Everybody features a different body type – focusing on the difficulties in dressing certain features, choosing what shapes to wear and being confident in your outfits, regardless of your shape or size.
If you’re a column, you’re one of the genetically blessed souls who is quite slender, lean and tall, with legs for days. Unfortunately, the pay off is that you don’t have a lot of bust, hips or bottom and outfits can look shapeless or out of proportion. Columns are a shape that can really wear whatever they like, however – there are outfits that look better on you than others. Don’t worry, I’m sure there’s an IMG contract waiting somewhere for you – but in the meantime, here’s what you should and shouldn’t be wearing.
Get some definition in there
A columns body tends to be straight up and down, therefore it’s important that you make sure your outfits have a waist, which will give the illusion of curves and shape. Whether it’s two separate garments, different colours, different textures, panels, a seam line, a belt or tie. A natural waist will make you look most in proportion.
Don’t Do Cropped Things
When an outfit is cropped, it’s designed to make your bottom half look longer – but when you’re legs are already long this is when an outfit can look disjointed. See below photo which compares Karlie Kloss and Kylie Jenner. This cropped two piece works better on Kylie, her body still looks in proportion and her legs look longer, but not too long for her body. Columns, even though you have a banging bod and can pull this off, be generous and leave this look for the shorties.
Don’t Do Dropped Things
A dropped waist can be tricky to wear at the best of times. If you have a long torso and long legs, it’s important to cut yourself in half where your waist naturally is. Anything dropped – dresses and skirts, usually – will shorten your killer legs and make your top half look too long.
You Can Wear Flares
Never thought I’d say this? You and me both – but you can wear flares and actually look pretty good. A slightly flared trouser will balance out your shape without making you look stocky. Go for a light weight denim or cotton pant, avoid anything lycra, dance-pant like or a heavy, stiff denim. If you’re new to this, tag us at @alohaeverybody_ and we’ll let you know whether you’re safe to leave the house. You’re welcome.
Don’t Wear One Colour All Over
This look will only emphasise how up and down you are. Its safe, and it’s boring. Instead, look for dresses that are colour blocked or have cut and sew panels. The goal is to make your body look more shapely and proportioned, so anything that will divid your length up will work wonders (Y)