Dressing Your Body Shape

The single most important factor in dressing well is choosing clothing that compliments your body shape. While no two bodies are the same, everybody can make the most of their figure by following the styling tips for one of five primary body shapes.

It’s true that there are many more than five types of female bodies in this world and resources exist to help you if you feel you would benefit from a more precise representation of your unique silhouette. 

My approach to style, however, is always to simplify.

Whatever your body shape, more ideal proportions will always be achieved by following one or more of these styling goals: 

1) Maintaining balanced proportions (hourglass tips)

2) Creating waist definition and a more curvaceous silhouette (rectangle tips)

3) Balancing and/or camouflaging fuller hips and bootie (triangle tips)

4) Balancing and/or camouflaging a larger upper body (inverted triangle tips)

5) Camouflaging a full midriff (round tips)

It’s always a matter of using clothing to create a more hourglass-like silhouette.  We do this defining your waistline and balancing the upper and lower proportions of your figure. It’s really that simple. For the vast majority of women, identifying with one of five primary body shapes is all your need for styling purposes.

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1) the perfect curve hourglass shape 2) the rectangle shape with limited waist definition 3) the pronounced hip and backside of the triangle (pear) shape 4) the prominent shoulders, athletic inverted triangle shape  5) the slim limbs and lush midsection of the round (apple) body shape

Here’s a shortcut to determine your primary proportions:

  1. Are your hips and shoulders balanced? Do you also have a noticeably indented waist?  If so, you should probably follow the tips for an hourglass.
  2. Are your hips and shoulders balanced with just minor waist definition? If so, you should probably the tips for a rectangle shape!
  3. Are your hips broader than your shoulders?  Do you carry weight in your hips, upper thighs and backside? If so, you should probably follow the tips for a triangle shape.
  4. Are your shoulders broader than your hips? If so, you should probably follow the tips for an inverted triangle.
  5. Do you have a relatively pronounced tummy OR are you slim with thin limbs but carry weight in in your torso and breasts?  If so you should probably follow the tips for a round.

How easy that was?

 

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