In the first of new series, Glasgow-based stylist, author and image consultant Numba Pinkerton tackles some of our most common style dilemmas.

This week: How to good when you are top heavy

Numba says: Understanding your body shape is one of most crucial steps to finding styles that suit you. Research shows that 91% of women are not happy with theirs so rest assured there is no right or wrong body shape – it’s all about loving your body and gaining style confidence.

Keep your top half simple

Tops with v-necks, scoop necks and simple sleeves work best. Wear tops and tunics with straight cuts that skim your tummy area and flare out slightly around the hips. Cape style coats are a more flattering and stylish alternative to fitted coats and look fabulous for most occasions. In general, wearing darker colours on your top half can help balance your overall look.

Make the most of your legs

Opt for slim fit, tailored or skinny trousers and jeans or fitted skirts. You can get away with plenty of colour or pattern on your bottom half, so don’t be afraid to take a risk!


The right accessories can lift a simple outfit and make you look more stylish. Use chunky necklaces to draw attention to your neckline and face. Using colour in necklaces, bags and shoes can be very effective in creating a more stylish look. Remember, your shoes and bag don’t always have to match!

Numba’s book The No Black Project is available now. Go to for more information.