How To Dress For Your Shape

How many times have you read an article that tells you how to dress for your shape? Whether it’s urging curvy ladies to stay away from stripes or for mature ladies to avoid anything bold and bright. At Kit and Kaboodal we like to focus on all the amazing clothes you SHOULD wear to make the most of your individual shapes. 

We’ve asked the lovely Kit and Kaboodal team for their top tips for dressing fabulously to flatter your figure. From colours and shapes to accessories and adding that extra touch of glam – we’re all about making fashion fun!

Dressing for a petite frame

If you’re 4’4” or shorter, you fall into the fashion industries definition of a petite frame. Back in the day, the main focus of dressing petite ladies was to make them look taller – luckily we’ve thrown out many of these fashion rules and today it’s all about finding clothes that work with your natural shape.

With a smaller frame, you might normally stay clear of anything with a loose fit. Dresses, tunics and flowing tops can sometimes drown a smaller frame but we think it’s all about creating definition. A shift dress is a great choice for a petite frame and the addition of a fun print will draw attention to your curves. Pair with simple shoes and accessories to let the dress do all the talking!

Another great look for petite ladies involves out favourite fashion trick – layering! A pair of skinny jeans or leggings that hit the ankle, paired with a flowing top such as our Portici Linen Tunic, is a great choice for all seasons! The tie waist will accentuate your waist and the ruffled shape of the tunic will add some definition to your look.

Dressing for a plus size frame

As a plus size lady, you’re probably sick of having to search for clothes that look and feel great. Where some retailers tend to stick to plain colours and the same shapes, we think plus size clothing should offer the same variety as any other collection so we’ve put together a colourful range of our plus size favourites!

There’s no reason to be a shrinking violet when you have a plus size frame, a bold print or block colour outfit will showcase your curves and accentuate your figure. Opt for plus size tunics and tops that skim over your silhouette, paired with comfy stretch skinny jeans and leggings. The Lagenlook is a great fashion style for plus size ladies, literally translated into ‘layered look’ it’s all about creating your own individual style by layering different clothes, fabrics and textures.

For special occasions, a midi length dress is perfect for a plus size frame. Opt for bold floral prints and pair with statement accessories to give your look that added glamour. 

Dressing for a tall frame

Finding clothes to flatter a tall frame can be tricky! If you’re a statuesque beauty you can sometimes find yourself restricted by a lack of longer dresses or jeans that don’t stop mid-calf. At Kit and Kaboodal we’ve put together a special selection of longer dresses, tunics and tops that go perfectly with our stretch denim jeans and leggings. Just like our petite and plus size ladies, being tall shouldn’t hinder your ability to showcase your own personal style. From bold colours to exotic prints, we have everything you need to dress in style – from top to toe!

Drape your frame in longer length dresses worn over a t-shirt for the colder months, or worn alone when the weather stands to improve. Bold block colours look striking on a taller frame and we love adding a few splashes of extra colour with patterned scarves, outerwear and of course – statement jewellery and accessories.

If you struggle to find tops that suit your tall frame, opt for a long line tunic or vest. A style with an asymmetric hem or ruffle detail will help give definition to your figure and looks great on casual days paired with your favourite leggings.

Fashion for all ages

As you get older, experimenting with fashion may not be at the forefront of your mind – but why not? This is the time to enjoy living life and we think it should be done in style.

By this point, you already know what clothes you like and what colours make you happiest when wearing them. At Kit and Kaboodal we love getting feedback from our fabulous over 50’s about how our clothes make them look and feel great when they wear them. From our figure-skimming dresses to our versatile knitwear. If you’re not ready for the days of twinsets, there’s plenty of options available for showcasing an ageless style.

Well fitting denim jeans are a wardrobe staple, whatever your age. Paired with a cosy jumper or longline tunic, you can create an effortless look that’s perfect for lunch with friends or a day hitting the shops. Footwear is another contentious issue for our mature ladies, no one wants to have to struggle in high heels! Our footwear collection is designed to look stylish whilst also offering the comfort you need to enjoy your day. From our soft sandals and espadrilles to our flatforms and wedges that are perfect for holidays and evenings out.

Fashion doesn’t have an age limit and we’ve made it our mission to offer beautiful clothing for women of all shapes and sizes. Take a look at our latest collections and don’t forget to follow the Kit and Kaboodal team on Facebook and Instagram for exclusive news and style tips from the team and even more ideas on how to dress for your shape.


Lots of love 

Kit and Kaboodal 



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