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Each garment has its own unique silhouette. When talking about silhouettes in fashion, it is the shape that a certain piece of clothing has. This can be very distinct, like an extreme A-line skirt, or more subtle: a dress that is slightly tapered. In this overview you will find different garment silhouettes and their origins, with tips about what shape suits which silhouette best. Use it to your advantage!


The H-line is particularly common amongst classic shaped garments. It was firstly introduced by fashion designer Christian Dior in 1954. The silhouette is straight with a slight accent on the waist. In the past this was very common amongst feminine suits, nowadays it is hard to dismiss within the world of...

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The inverted version of the A-line is the Y-line: a narrow silhouette with accents on the shoulders, which can vary from a striking wide collar to large shoulder pads. The silhouette was first introduced by Christian Dior in 1954. The silhouette originally consisted of a neckline with notched lapel collar, a...

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With the V-line the accent, just like with the Y-line falls on the shoulders. Yet the silhouette is tapered down without closely fitting to the body and without accent on the waist. This silhouette is perfect for a woman with a straight body, therefore, little waist and narrow shoulders. Or in some cases it would be..

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The X-line has its origins with no-one less than fashion designer Christian Dior. He introduced the ‘New Look’ in 1947, this consisted out of tight jackets with round shoulders, super slim waist and wide skirts. The look was quickly named the ‘New Look’ because the collection was so different and new. A strong..

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When Yves Saint Laurent launched a collection of A-lined dresses in the 1950’s for Dior an immediate trend was born. After all those super tight corsets this new loose silhouette was literally a relief for women. The A-line silhouette is closely fitted to the body at the top and gets wider downwards. This..

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The O-line is the roundest of all the silhouettes. The shape is a sphere where accents are highlighted by the means of constriction. This ensures that the garment is connected at both the top and the bottom and that the space between is open. A common example of the O-silhouette is the balloon dress of the..

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