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) Balancing and/or camouflaging fuller hips and bootie (triangle tips)
3) Balancing and/or camouflaging a larger upper body (inverted triangle tips)
4) Creating waist definition and a more curvaceous silhouette (rectangle 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.
Here’s a shortcut to determine your primary proportions:
Are your hips and shoulders balanced? If so, do you have a noticeably indented waist? If so, you should probably follow the tips for an hourglass.
Are your shoulders broader than your hips? If so, you should probably follow the tips for an inverted triangle.
Are your hips broader than your shoulders? If so, you should probably follow the tips for a triangle shape.
Is your upper and lower body balanced but you have a tummy? If so you should probably follow the tips for a round.
See how easy that was?