Flatter your body shape with the right uniform

Flatter your body shape with the right uniform

Choosing the right uniform for your shape

Everyone wants to feel good in their uniform – and an employee who looks good and feels good will be confident and happier in their job. So whether you’re buying a uniform for yourself or your staff, it’s important to choose a style, fabric and cut that flatters your figure. The good news? Buttercups has something to flatter EVERY shape and size. Here are some tips to get you started.

b709  work tunic suitable for Apple shape


Apple shapes are characterised by broad shoulders, full busts, straight waists and slim legs. The great news is that a tunic is the ideal garment for your body type. Look for styles with crossover or v-necks, a-line silhouettes and clothing made with good solid fabric such as linen-look or thicker polyester.

Recommended styles: Try our B709 Charming Button-Front Tunic which features a demure neckline with contrasting trim on the front edges and pockets and a hip-skimming style. This tunic also boasts a convenient front opening feature, making it both stylish and practical for your everyday wear.

A great alternative is our Crisp & Flattering V-Neck Tunic B216, which gives shape to your figure and our B035E Serene Tie-Belt Tunic, which features a high v-neck and removable waist-cinching tie belt.

b620 work tunic suitable for Pear shape


One of the most common figure types in Ireland is a pear shape, which is characterised by a small bust, slim waist and wider hips than shoulders. Dressing this figure is all about creating balance: widening the shoulders, narrowing the waist and skimming the hips. Look for wide necklines, nipped-in waists and side vents for your fuller hips on longer-line tunics.

Recommended styles: Many of our styles feature waist detailing, which is perfect for showing off a slim waist. Try our B620 Pretty Waist-Detail Beauty & Spa Tunic with Front Pockets, which features useful front pockets and elegant dart detailing at the waist, to create a universally flattering silhouette. Alternatively, try our Chic Triangle-Detail Breathable Tunic B670 2L, which combines the breathability of our 100% recycled and recyclable 2Life fabric with details that show off your beautiful figure. Or our B212 Tie-Back Tunic, which features a tie-back to flatter your waist and some really beautiful satin detailing.

b670 work tunic suitable for Hourglass shape


Hourglass figures conjures up images of Hollywood stars from the 50s such as Marilyn Monroe. Hourglass women generally have a well-defined waist with bust and hip measurements in proportion with each other. Many hourglass figures would be described as curvy. Because this figure is balanced, many styles are suitable; the key is to find the right fit and a great fabric that skims your curves rather than clings.

Recommended styles: Show off your enviable figure with v-necked styles and nipped-in waists. We love the look of our B670 Chic Triangle-Detail Tunic available in both ECO and Natura fabric, which features a beautiful deep v-neck and eye-catching stitching to create a truly modern look and to show off your tiny waist.. Our B037 Timeless V Neck Beauty & Spa Tunic features a deeper neckline and our figure-flattering bistretch material.

b216 work tunic suitable for Athletic shape


Athletic or straight figures tend to have balanced shoulders and hips, but not much definition in the waist. This figure type tends to also have a small bust, narrow hips and slim legs. Go for styles that create curves, especially in the waist area, and feminine details such as bows or belts.

Recommended styles: Our B216 Crisp & Flattering V-Neck Tunic is a wonderfully feminine style on the empire-line waist to cinch in your mid-section. It’s also made in our ultra-flattering bi-stretch material, which will skim your body for an elegant look.

Or try our B212 Sophisticated Tie-Back Tunic, a gorgeous and universally flattering tunic that features an empire-line silhouette and satin insert.

b428 work tunic suitable for petite shape


Petite girls look great in simple styles that don’t overwhelm their frames with unnecessary and fussy details. Again, making sure that the size is correct is all important, as it’s very easy for a petite woman to “drown” in a style that’s too big for them.

Recommended styles: Our B428 Modern Tunic with Pockets & Zip is a fashion-forward sculpted style that looks great especially on smaller figures. Elegant seaming down the front defines your figure and shows off your beautifully petite frame. Alternatively, try our B041 Polished Rose Gold Zip Tunic, a simple silhouette ideal for petite figures that is elevated by the addition of an eye-catching rose gold zip front closure and practical pockets. Or try our B230 Demure Square Neck Tunic, a classically elegant tunic with clean lines and a fitted shape.

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