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Bodysuits are all the rage, learn how to pull the look off

(From left) Bodysuits from H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch and Pull and Bear.
(From left) Bodysuits from H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch and Pull and Bear.PHOTO: H&M, ABERCROMBIE & FITCH, PULL AND BEAR

The bodysuit is sleek, versatile and highlights one’s natural curves

The bodysuit is now a 21st-century wardrobe staple, popularised by celebrities including the Kardashian sisters in their unending supply of bodysuits for every occasion.

Reality television star Kourtney Kardashian was recently photographed in a figure-hugging white bodysuit with bermudas for a day out with her children, while her younger sister, Kim Kardashian, wore a black one underneath a sheer frock for last autumn’s Paris Fashion Week.

Other trendsetters, including actress Vanessa Hudgens, wore a lace-up bodysuit to a Comic-Con event to flatter her hourglass body type.

Sleek and versatile, the bodysuit highlights one’s natural curves. It is also fuss-free – tops remain perfectly tucked in all day.

The bodysuit may be on trend, but like any other wardrobe item, the key to an impeccable look is not in being clad head-to-toe in the latest in thing, but in choosing what flatters your body shape.

Here are four looks for four body types.


Clockwise from left: DENIM X SUPER HI-RISE JEGGING, $79, from American Eagle Outfitters; JERSEY BODY, $39.90, from H&M & STUDIO GRAND PACK-AND-GO SNEAKER (MARINE BLUE), $299, from Cole Haan. PHOTOS: ABERCROMBIE & FITCH, ALDO, AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, CHARLES AND KEITH, COLE HAAN, DOROTHY PERKINS, H&M, MANGO, PEDRO, POMELO FASHION, PULL AND BEAR, TOPSHOP

HOURGLASS

If you have a fuller chest and hips, as well as a defined waistline, use the proportions to your advantage.

Accentuate your curves with a tight-fitting bodysuit in a bright colour. Pair it with high-rise skinny jeans that will not only cinch your waist, but also define the curves on your hips and legs.

Complete this weekend-worthy look with stylish sneakers for a chic and comfortable ensemble.


Clockwise from left: AILEEN SUEDE MINI SKIRT, $39, from Pomelo Fashion; OFF-THE-SHOULDER BODYSUIT, $12 (usual $48), from Abercrombie and Fitch & BASIC PUMPS (NUDE), $49.90, from Charles and Keith.

PEAR

Those with wider hips and relatively slimmer shoulders should accentuate the top half of their body to create a sense of balance and dress to elongate their body.

To create an illusion of wider shoulders, wear an off-the-shoulder bodysuit with ruffle details, which will make the top half of the body seem fuller. Highlight the waist with an A-line skirt, which will flare out over the hips for balance. Pair this with nude pumps to elongate the legs for a fun, off-duty look.


Clockwise from left: CROP SLIM-FIT TROUSERS, $39.90, from Mango; TALL LONG-SLEEVED WRAP BODY, $49.90, from Topshop & FRANSSIE HEELS, $189, from Aldo.

BANANA

If your shoulders, hip and waist are of roughly the same width, highlight your body shape by defining your waistline and creating the illusion of wider shoulders and hips.

Try a long-sleeved wrap top with a deep V shape to create the illusion of wider shoulders and combine it with tapered pants to accentuate your natural hip shape.

For a pop of colour, add some fringed heels and eye-catching earrings for a fashion-forward outfit.


Clockwise from left: FLORAL PEPHEM MINI SKIRT, $56.90, from Dorothy Perkins; LONG-SLEEVED RIBBED BODYSUIT, $29.90, from Pull and Bear & GLITTER MESH STILETTO PUMPS, $73.90, from Pedro.

STRAWBERRY (INVERTED TRIANGLE)

For those with wide shoulders, the aim is to create the illusion of wider hips by drawing attention to the lower half of your body.

Streamline the upper half of your body with a dark, long-sleeved bodysuit. Pair this with a flared printed skirt to draw attention to the lower half of the body to create the illusion of wider hips.

The effort will make for more balanced proportions.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 13, 2017, with the headline 'Suitable for all shapes'. Print Edition | Subscribe