The Skittle Body Type

The Skittle Body Shape

The Skittle

Your body shape tends to be slightly heavier around the thigh and lower buttock area. Think of the form of a classic skittle. You have an average bust size, slim waist, regular upper hip and slightly wider lower hip and thighs. 

Your Clothing Mistakes 

You have a beautiful feminine shape, but the chances are you are conscious of the fact that your thighs are a little wider than the rest of your body. When women know that one area of their bodies is slightly larger than the rest, they tend to try and find the baggiest of clothing to cover it up. This would be a disaster for you! The worst thing you could do is to cover up your slim waist and drown your bust in something baggy! Due to your broader thighs, your legs will appear shorter than they are. Long baggy tops or dresses are best avoided. For dresses and coats avoid clothing that is loose around your top half. When buying anything in tops or jackets avoid anything baggy that carries on below the waist because it will only make your legs appear shorter than they are.

Avoid spaghetti strap tops because they they show off the slimmer part of your body. Pencil skirts will emphasise your thighs and avoid detailing like cargo pockets trousers and skirts. Use tailored fabrics for your lower half avoiding anything in stretch or jersey. Avoid loose jackets and tops that finish across your hips. Cropped trousers and calf length straight or pencil skirts will not suit you. 

Your Best Choices 

You need to choose clothing or the fit and slightly flare variety. Emphasise your bust and waist while skimming over your buttock and thigh area. Choose trousers that skim over your thigh area then fall straight to the floor, they will make your legs appear longer. Make sure they do not cling. Choose darker colours on your bottom half and lighter and brighter on the top. 

A skinny belt on a fit and flare dress will emphasise your waist. Make sure the hem falls on or just below your knee. A diamond shaped neckline will draw the attention upwards. 


Choose fitted jackets that finish at the waist. The garment will highlight your slim waist drawing attention away from the thighs and also make your legs appear longer. It works particularly well if teamed with dark trousers. A wide lapel or neck gives the impression of broader shoulders which in turn balances out the hip and thigh area. 

Tops and Tshirts

 Choose bright and exciting colours so that the attention is drawn to your top half. Diamond, wide V or boat neck tops will balance out the hip and thigh area, and fitted fabrics will accentuate your waist. Choose tops that either finish at the waist or closely skim the upper hip a few inches down. Do not try to use your top to hide your thigh area. Think about choosing detailing in your top fabric to draw attention away from the thighs. A pattern in the material or detailing around a wide neck can all help to balance you out. 

Shirts and Blouses

Fabrics in shirts and blouses that skim your upper half will work best for you. Anything in a fitted jersey or woven lycra will enhance your waist and draw attention to the area. A shirt with a fitted body and gathered lose sleeves will broaden your shoulder and balance out your shape. Pussy bows and detailing around the bust will draw attention away from the thighs and towards the bust. If you like dramatic tones, choose bright and exciting colours. 


Avoid loose, long and chunky knitwear and select cardigans and jumpers that cling. A boat neck round neck or wide neck is preferable. Avoid polo or turtle necks. A wide horizontal stripe at and above the bust area will balance out your shape and gathered 1950’s style sleeves would widen your shoulders in line with your hips. A slim fitted V-neck tank top over a loose sleeved blouse would work well too. 


If choosing a swimming costume, select one with a lower cut in the leg. Detailing around the bust area will draw the eye away from the hips, and a halterneck will show off your shoulders, thereby balancing out your hips. 

In regards to bikinis, select something similar to the swimsuit suggestion, but consider bottoms that finish on the waist, not the hip. 


Choose a coat that finishes just below the knee in a slight fit and flare fashion. You want the coat to be fitted at the top to the waist, and then to have a slight flare onwards to the hem. A wide, open neck collar will broaden your shoulder too, thereby balancing out your hips. 


Aim for the fit and flare styles again when looking at dresses. The classic 1940’s style, wide-collared, tea dress with a slightly gathered or aline skirt would suit you well. Either that or go for a wide V-neck. A slim tie or belt will emphasise your waist too. Look for dresses that are fitted at the top to the waist, and then slightly flare from there to the knee. 


A structured A-line or fit and flare skirt that finishes just below the knee will suit you best. If you can find one with tailored panels in it that will draw the eye downwards and give a slimming effect on your thighs. Select either tailored or heavy fabrics with a slight stretch over jersey knits that will cling in all the places you do not want them to. A Vertical stripe would work for you too. 


Choose wide-legged trousers that fall almost to the floor. Make sure that the fabric does not cling around your hips or thighs, and falls straight down from the top of the hip. A darker colour will slim your thighs and give your legs length. When choosing trousers with pockets, avoid anything with combat style or side pockets. These will only accentuate the area you are trying to hide. Preferably, select trousers with a flat front and slant pockets instead. Mid-waist trousers will suit you best, avoid any that sit low. 

Shoes and Boots

In the winter, when selecting boots, go for ankle boots. If you like heals, choose wide heals because they will balance you out better than stilettos will. If wearing trousers with flats, make sure the trouser almost hits the floor at your back heal. A good tailor will know how to shorten them if need be. 

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