Trinny and Susannah’s the Cello is described as big boobs, short waist, big hips, big bottom, big thighs and slim lower legs.
Basically, a cello is big, but unlike a Brick or an Apple or Skittle everything is basically proportionate with a definite waist though quite short. In the past you may have considered yourself to be a pear shape, you thighs and lower half just seem so out of control, but in reality the upper half, with your broad shoulders and big breasts balances you out. You have very different issues that a Pear, or more accurately a Skittle.
The definition of Cello describes my shape perfectly, except for the fact that I have very narrow shoulders. I have large breasts but most of the size is in the cup (E) so I’m more a skittle. I still utilise any tips that will work for a Cello as well as a Skittle.
Dressing the Cello
Rule number one – give up trying to hide. You can try, but really that’s simply going to make you stand out even more. Stand tall and utilise your full height; shoulders back, chest out, eyes forward. Now, highlight your waist and make use of those curves. Every outfit should show that you have a tiny little waist and lovely curves going on. Be careful of throwing your balance off.
Do – open up your chest. Covering up your chest will make you look frumpy and lumpy.
Don’t – wear pants or skirts that are pleated at the waist. They add bulk to a stomach that already has enough.
Do – wear fitted clothes. I know it may seem as if the world wants larger women to cover up in shame but this is not a good strategy. You simply end up looking bigger and feeling frumpy.
Don’t – slouch. Stand up tall and use your full height. You are who you are and standing tall and confidently will help to make your feel confident.
Clothes – what to avoid
Mini skirts – a mini skirt will cut your thighs at your widest part and draw all the attention there. If your limbs were long and willowy this wouldn’t be an issue, but they aren’t, so, the effect is your look shorter and squatter.
Skinny jeans – highlighting the size of your thighs in comparison to the slenderness of your calves just looks off and makes your thighs look wider again.
Polo-neck jumper or shirt - you have breasts, quite large ones in fact, and anything that covers your cleavage is a big no-no. You’ll simply look shorter and wider with some sort of deformity in the middle of your chest.
Satin skirts or pants – satin is unforgiving material that doesn’t move to accommodate your body. Instead it will crease in all the wrong places and the shinniness highlights any lumps or bulges.
Ankle boots – you need to look taller to offset the width of your body and the best way to achieve that is to utilise the full lenght of your leg. An ankle boot doesn’t allow that to happen.
Long jackets – a jacket with a hem that finishes on your thigh will draw attention to your thigh and completely swamp your more slender waist.
Clothes – what shapes to look for
Wide scoop neck top – a high collar simply will not work for a Cello. You (we) need to open up the chest area and the best way to do that is a deep scoop or v-neck. The wider the scoop or v the better. It opens up your shoulders as will and reduces the size of your breasts.
Shirts with no lapels – finding shirts that fit over your breasts comfortably can be somewhat of a chore and on of your best options is one without lapels. Again opt for an open neckline to reduce your breasts. This particular example is a wrap top which ‘wraps’ and highlights the waist.
Long lapel, single button jacket – a Cello has a tiny, short waist so its important to make your body seem longer while still highlighting that tiny waist. A long lapel will make your body look longer whilst the single button will nip in the waist like it was tailored for you.
Empire waisted dress with halterneck – the empire waist cuts your body at the narrowest part, just under your breasts, and gives the illusion your body is longer and leaner. The halter neck will give good support for your breasts.
Panelled skirt – the panels on the skirt will provide much needed support around the stomach and bottom. But then you need movement in the lower half to offset the ‘tightly packaged’ feel of the top. A pleated skirt that starts under your tummy is also a good choice.
V-neck jumper to hips – a deep v-neck is as useful for Cello’s as a scoop neck for showing off on of your best assets, your breasts, at the same time as reducing their impact. Choose a jumper that is long enough to cover your stomach and allow it to ruch in the middle. Three quarter length sleeves will draw attention to your waist.
Wide leg trousers – you need simple trousers with no side pockets. Wide leg trousers will lovingly cover and disguise your thighs. Opt for a simple cut and dark colour.
Wedge with a platform – you have nice lower legs below a substantial thigh. Consequently you need a shoe that will display those ankles but offer enough support to balance out your thighs. A wedge does that. The platform gives you increased height and makes you look taller and leaner. A flesh coloured shoe will look like an extension of your leg and make you seem taller and leaner again.
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