How to Flatter a Boyish Figure

A boyish figure is easy to dress: It's the shape high-fashion designers create for! Here's how to maximize the impact.

You will need

  • Low-rise pants
  • Shapely tops
  • Full and pencil skirts
  • A bathing suit with boy shorts and a triangle top
  • Horizontal stripes

Step 1 Wear low-rise pants and jeans to create a little curve, and choose ones with big back pockets to add a little booty. Flared or boot cut bottoms will also provide shape to your silhouette.

Step 2 Choose dresses and jackets that will fake an hourglass figure, like ones with curved seams, nipped-in waists, and belts.

Step 3 Wear tops that add bulk via pleats, ruching, and ruffles. Halter tops and cowl necklines distract from a stick straight figure by adding visual interest on top.

Step 4 Fill out the lower half of your body with A-line and pleated skirts, or wear a pencil skirt to show off your thin hips.

Step 5 For beachwear, go with boy shorts or a skirted bottom and a lightly padded triangle top with a few ruffles or flounces. If you prefer a one-piece, look for an accent that defines the waist, like a sash, stripe, belt, or side panels in a contrasting color.