How to Dress for Your Body Type
Ladies, our bodies are always changing.
Do you ever wake up each day with a new body experience?
Bloating, hormones, flat tummy, soreness, dry skin, perfect hair...we’ve seen it all. Each day as a woman we have a new experience, something totally unique to us ladies.
Believe me, I understand why it is so hard to define your style......but did you know that you can have a new style and a new vibe and still be you?
Yes, You Can Have Different Styles
I’m a gal who loves to be sexy – I am all about good cleavage, bold colors, and sultry eye makeup. Yet I’m sitting here writing in baggy yet super cute leopard joggers (always a sucker for animal print), an oversized pink sweater, and my hair in a messy bun!
Different moments bring different emotions, and when you learn how to define those different emotions you will find yourself incredibly more aligned with your goals and with your life.
How to Embrace Your Body
Let’s talk about our ever-changing bods. It’s important to note: be truthful with where you are; life is so much easier when you can be honest with yourself. It doesn’t matter if you’re carrying a little weight from stress or anxiety, or if you just had a baby and have no energy to work out - look in the mirror and EMBRACE it.
This is YOUR body –“flaws” and all, you are incredible and unique. Once you embrace your body, you can dress yourself up and grow into your own confidence. When you look and feel good, you’ll be more open the daring opportunities that life has to offer. Are you looking in the mirror? Let’s get real.
What Body Type and Shape are You Most Like?
Inverted Triangle Shape
Are you top heavy? If your bust measures about 4 inches or more than your hips, you have an inverted triangle figure.
How to Style Yourself: We want to add balance, making sure your shirts are drawing attention downwards to your waist by use of a V-neckline. That gives length and draws eyes to the center of your figure. For your bottom half, use items like an. A-line skirt or thicker texture to add balance and body symmetry.
Items to Avoid: Anything that creates bulk around shoulders and chest, such as wider necklines or shoulder pads. Opt for softer and simpler patterns.
You got that booty and hips? Being pear-shaped means your hips are about 4+ inches larger than your bust.
How to Style Yourself: Your go-to items will be solid, well-fitted items on the bottom, paired with pattern and/or texture on top. I recommend a fitted dress, but. You will need alterations to make sure it fits your beautiful curves.
Items to Avoid: Skinny jeans will accentuate your hips, but if you choose to wear them, balance with your shoes and add length with a sweater or blazer. Avoid oversized and baggy clothes –they will hide your smaller top part and leave you feeling larger than you are.
Are you feeling a tad insecure about not having curves? (You shouldn’t!) This means your hip, bust, and shoulders are very close in measurement.
How to Style Yourself: Add volume. Accentuate your top with a collar or your bottom with an A-line skirt. Wear clothing that defines your waist and adds volume.
Items to Avoid: Anything fitted or body-con. I recommend pieces, not dresses. When you wear pieces, you have more control over how to tuck and define your own waistline.
All about that waistline! If you’re shaped like an hourglass, your hips and bust are roughly the same measurement –and your waist is the smallest part of your body, about 4-8+ inches smaller than bust or hips.
How to Style Yourself: Embrace your curves! Opt for fitted items and define your waist. Your go-to pieces will be pencil skirts and high-waisted jeans. Use belts, as they are a great accent and draw attention to your waist.
Items to Avoid: Anything oversized. I know some days fitted clothes won’t work, so work a wrap dress or top!
Got a little more in the middle? Your waist is 2+ inches more than your hips and shoulders, so you’ve got a circular shape.
How to Style Yourself: Time to minimize –high-waisted is your best friend. Lighter clothing is a must. Make sure you wear the right size (which seems obvious but is often overlooked!).
Items to Avoid: Heavy layers and anything chunky or over-textured is going to add weight. Again, the key here is to make sure you wear the right size (think not too loose, but not too fitted!).
This is just a brief intro to the different body types! If you’re ready to dive deeper and define your style even more, check out the EPIC Style Society to transform your wardrobe and give yourself an EPIC makeover!
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