The Violin Body Type

The Violin Body Shape

The Violin

Your body shape tends to have a large bust and a short but defined waist. Your hips and thighs balance out your bust with slimmer legs. You are very close to the beautiful hourglass. You may feel heavier compared to your simmer friends of a similar height, but you are all woman and have a fabulous shape to prove it. Be proud of who you are. 

Your Clothing Mistakes 

When women have one area of their bodies that they are unhappy with, 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 waist and drown your bust in something baggy! Long baggy tops or dresses are best avoided. Try to avoid bright, light or shiny colours on your bottom half  and dark on the top because it will only draw attention to the area and make you look bigger than you are. When buying anything in knitwear, tops or jackets, avoid anything baggy and shapeless.

Avoid scooped necklines because they will only enhance your shoulders. Run for the hills if you see a shoulder pad, or cut out shoulders. Avoid short boots and tight jeans, leather or satin trousers or leggings. Pencil or mini skirts will not do you any favours. 

Your Best Choices 

Choose tops with V-neck or diamond-shaped necklines that draw the eye away from your shoulders. A panelled and pleated skirt will balance out the broadness of your shoulders and draw attention away from your hips if the pleats start on. the lower hip. Choose dresses with a deep panelled waist that finish just below the bust and has either a halter or V-neck. Trousers can be difficult for you so once you find a pair that works, either buy a couple of colours that fir with your capsule wardrobe or have a tailor make up another pair for you. Choose dark colours for trousers that fit well around your hips and thighs (not too clingy) and fall in a full leg as close to the floor as possible. You will likely need them adjusted to the perfect length. Avoid side pockets that sit on the hip or thighs. Choose chunky heels on shoes. Choose brighter colours on top with V-necks. If you love mini skirts wear dark leggings underneath to support your thighs and bottom. Avoid fuss on top and choose a wrap if necessary to keep warm. 


For formal clothing, choose a jacket with single-button closure, so it sports a deep opening. A deep long lapel will break up the width of your shoulders, and a slim fit is essential. You have a short waist so you need something that will accentuate your shape and direct the eye downwards. The jacket should finish no further down than the top hip. In any jacket, choose something that comes in at the waist. Avoid shoulder pads and puffed sleeves. 

Tops and Tshirts

Choose tops with a wide V-neck that fit around the waist. Avoid anything with padded shoulders or puffy sleeves. If you are worried about your tummy, choose something in a wide V-neck that skims over your tummy resting in gentle folds. 

Shirts and Blouses

Choose a shirt that tailored to fit your body; it will enhance your waist and shape. Make sure that it is not too tight around your bust area. A shirt with a fitted body and an open neck will draw the attention downwards. Avoid puffed sleeves and shoulder pads. Make sure your lapels are not too big if you have chosen large lapels on the jacket, otherwise it could look too fussy. 


Avoid loose, long and chunky knitwear and select cardigans and jumpers that are slim fitting. When choosing jumpers, a fitted wide V-neck, round neck, or wrap style is preferable. Alternatively, if you are worried about your tummy, choose a jumper long enough to create a few gentle folds in that area. 


If choosing a swimming costume, select one with that supports and separates your bust. Lower leg swimwear would work best. 

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 with an A-line skirt and fitted torso. You want the coat to be fitted at the top to the waist and then flare onwards to the hem. A slim V opening with a wide collar will draw attention away from your shoulders, thereby balancing out your hips. Avoid styles with pockets on the hips, because that will make your bottom half look more substantial. A coat that closes just below the bust will create a deep V which will enhance your shape. 


Aim for the fit and flare styles with a long fitted waist that finishes just below the bust. A wide halter neck will reduce the width of your shoulders and support your bust, and a deep V-neck will enhance your shape. Make sure the dress comes in at the waist and flares out again from where the hip starts because that will skim over your bottom and thighs. Avoid side pockets that bulk out because they will add attention where you least need it. 


Choose a tailored A-line skirt or one with panelling that supports your tummy and hips and then flares out into pleats. Make sure the fabric is woven because that will give you the added support you need. The pleats should start at the bottom hip.


It is often quite difficult to find trousers to suit your shape. Select a pair that fit comfortably over your hips, thighs and bottom and then drape in a wide-leg straight down to the floor. If you find some that fit well, it is worth having them altered to the correct length. If you struggle to find a pair, it is worth buying a few or having copies made by a good tailor when you find trousers that work for you.  

Shoes and Boots

In the winter, when selecting boots, choose those that sit just below the knee. If you like heals, choose chunky heels and wedges because they will balance you out better than stilettos will. A sandal with a wedge heel will balance out your legs nicely. Alternatively, choose trainers or flats with long wide-leg trousers. 

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