WE’RE used to being told how to dress to flatter our body shape, but to really look your best it pays to think about how to dress for your face.
“Your face is the part of you that’s always on show,” says fashion expert Jenn Walderdorff, author of upcoming book, Look At The Labels.
Florence Pugh has a heart-shaped face, meaning a sweetheart neckline is most flatteringCredit: Rex
“Your neckline, your necklace and earrings can all help you balance out your face shape and accentuate your best features – it sets up your whole face.”
Celebrity stylist and royal fashion expert Miranda Holder agrees that although your face shape may not necessarily match your body type, it also “comes into play”.
Here Jenn and Miranda give their guide on how best to dress for your face shape.
FACE SHAPE: You are wider on the forehead and your face tapers down to a narrower chin.
BEST NECKLINE: Sweetheart.
Jenn says: “You could go for a sweetheart collar which is slightly scalloped at the bust to create the illusion of a heart shape on your upper torso to soften it up.”
WEAR WITH: “If you are more voluptuous on top, try a skater or A line dress,” says Jenn.
FACE SHAPE: You have wider hairline and cheekbones which are the same width as your jaw.
If you have a square-shaped face like Jennifer Aniston, you need to soften your strong linesCredit: Rex
BEST NECKLINE: Cowl. Miranda says: “You want to have a more gentle neckline, like a cowl, which will contrast nicely and soften the strong lines with a squarer face.”
WEAR WITH: “Avoid dresses that are boxy and go for shapely styles like the wiggle dress which is a figure-fitting style where the bottom hem is narrower than the hips,” Jenn says.
“It’s one of my favourites.”
FACE SHAPE: Your face is noticeably longer than it is wide with a rounded chin.
BEST NECKLINE: Off the shoulder.
If you have an oblong-shaped face like Sarah Jessica Parker, off the shoulder necklines are most flatteringCredit: Rex
“Avoid V-necks,” says Miranda, “and opt instead for an off-the-shoulder neckline for an evening look which draws lines horizontally across the body.”
WEAR WITH: Miranda says: “Look for fabrics that go horizontally across your body.
“You might also want to try a large print or break up your outfit with horizontal colour blocks.”
FACE SHAPE: Your face is slightly longer than it is wide, and you have a rounder chin and jawline.
BEST NECKLINE: High. “People with oval faces have plenty of choice,” says Jenn.
If you have an oval-shaped face like Kate Middleton, opt for high necklinesCredit: Getty
“They can opt for high necklines, like a polo neck, which will slightly shorten their faces and is great for cooler months.”
WEAR WITH: “If you’re an oval shape, opt for shapely clothing like high-waisted detailing or trousers,” Jenn says. “It will accentuate your middle.”
FACE SHAPE: Length and width of your face are the same with a softer, rounded jawline.
BEST NECKLINE: Low. “Choose a lower neckline which will create length, like a V-neck or scoop,” says Jenn.
Choose a lower neckline to create length if you have a round-shaped face like Chrissy TeigenCredit: Eroteme
“Wider necklines, like a boat neck will also give balance.”
WEAR WITH: Miranda says: “To balance a rounder face, you could also try wearing all one colour or choosing fabrics and shapes with vertical lines to lengthen your look.”
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