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Professional Image for the Slender Body Type

When you have a slender build, you run into challenges similar to petites. You often get treated like a girl instead of a woman. You have to work a little harder on your professional image. The challenge for you is to find clothes that fit. Clothes are designed to fit the hourglass figure, but yours is pretty straight.

Your fit priority is your bust and hips. If these areas are baggy, you look like you have on your big sister's clothes. If they are too tight, you look like a teeny-bopper. Neither look will add to your polished professional image.

When you have a slender build, you need to create the illusion of curves. In tops and jackets, look for princess seams or a slight flair at the hips. Pencil skirts give the illusion of curves because they taper at the bottom. If you wear slacks, look for boy-cuts with a lower-rise; they emphasize the hip and thigh area, making even the straightest frame look curvey.

  • No matter what your style personality is, remember that a little make-up goes a long way. You do not have to be "camera-ready", but you will need to apply a classic make-up look.
  • Sophisticated, well fitted clothes give you a more mature look.
  • Choose heavy or stiff cordoroy and denim to emphasize your frame.

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No one has a perfect body. The key is to dress the body that you have in the most flattering way for your body type. We are going to take a look at different body shapes and how to dress them so that they are most flattering, so check back often. If you have a specific question, feel free to email your question and we will get a response to you.

For help finding the right outfit for work, contact Polished Professional Image. Call Bonnie at 312 909-8351 or email bonnie@polishedprofessionalimage.com

Visit our archives for more fit suggestions:
Help Dress My Busty Hourglass Body
Help Dress My Bit of a Belly
Help Dress My Petite Body




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