• Joan Kosmachuk

Body Signature Series: How To Dress the Skeletal Body Type



There are three main body types. A moulded body type, a muscular body type, and a skeletal body type. Many women are a combination of two of those body types, for example being a skeletal body type on top and a more muscular or moulded body type on the bottom or vice-versa.

Knowing your body type (as part of your complete Body Signature) along with your Seasonal line-of-design will help you to know what types of fabrics and clothing styles will flatter you best.

Today I want to feature the Skeletal Body Type. You have this body type if you appear to be all skin and bones (very little extra padding or muscle).


To those of us carrying a little more weight than we'd like, the possibility that someone might not want to emphasize a thin frame is hard to imagine. But every body has its challenges and creating the illusion of curves in a skeletal body frame is one of them. Here are a few tips for dressing your body.


Choose clothes that are tailored or fitted, but not tight or super baggy.


A tailored jacket in a stiffer fabric will help to fill out your shoulders and arms. Depending on your Seasonal type, you may opt for jackets in leather, tweed, velvet, gabardine, stiff linen, cotton, or wool.



To fill out the bust area, opt for shirts or dresses with details like pleats, ruffles, twists, knots, or ruching at the bodice.



You may also play with a collar that is high and chunky including the turtle neck, high cowl-neck, or mandarin collars.



Choose Horizontal over Vertical stripes.


Vertical stripes visually slim and elongate the body, whereas a horizontal stripe will visually widen the body. A horizontal stripe skillfully placed can help add width where most needed.




Clothing that is more structured will always look more flattering.

A structured straight leg pant or a slightly flared pant adds a little weight and structure to your leg and disguises a slim calf. Your pants should be fitted at the thigh, if they are loose all over, they'll overwhelm your figure and can actually emphasize your thinness.




If you prefer to wear skinny jeans or leggings, try layering with leg warmers or tall, thick socks or tall boots. These will add a little bulk to a skinny calf.



Layering Clothing will also add bulk.


Begin with a t-shirt or a blouse, then add a vest, a sweater, a jacket, a coat, or any combination of the above to add bulk to a skeletal upper body.




Create curves with carefully chosen details.


You can add curves to a slim hip with an empire-waist dress, peplum style dresses and tops, or you can make a fuller silhouette with structured shift dresses.



What other tips and tricks do you have for making the most of your skeletal body type?



Joan Kosmachuk

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