How to dress for your body type

~Wide legged pants perfect for Apple body type~

~Box cut top perfect for pear shaped body type (exaggerates top half of body)~

~Belted dress to exaggerate waist – perfect for square or straight body type~

~Fitted dress to accentuate every curve – perfect for hourglass body type~

“When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt!”

This question is one of the most frequently asked questions I get…

How do I know what style of skirt, dress, pants or top will look best on me?  I see something I like but when I try it on it just doesn’t look the same on me as it does on the model or in the magazine.  Is this a trap you fall into?  Here are some tricks to prevent you from falling into this trap, and finding what is truly flattering to your body type:

  1. Firstly, and most importantly you need to determine which body type you are?
    • Are you apple shaped – where you are larger in the upper half of your body?
    • Are you pear shaped – where you are larger on the lower half of your body?
    • Are you straight or square shaped – where your waist is in proportion to your hips?
    • Are you an hourglass shape – where your waist is narrow and you are curvy in the right places?
  2. Once you have determined your body type, you can then start looking for clothes that are flattering to your body type – here are some suggestions for each body type…
    • Apple body type:  Draw attention away from your waist – focus on your bust line, neck and upper body.  Don’t wear high-waisted skirts or pants, but rather wear wider legged pants to help balance out your upper body. Tops that drape over your curves to further enhance your shape, and darker colors are also great ways to enhance your shape.
    • For a pear body type wear tops that accentuate your shoulders a little more, and avoid tight pants or skirts. The ultimate goal is to balance the top with the bottom, and draw attention to the waist which is typically smaller.
    • For a square or straight body type, wear clothes that cinch at the waist or wear a belt to exaggerate your curves. Steer clear of loose baggy clothing, but rather wear bright colors and tight skirts or pants, and add a flowing top or blouse to create the appearance of curves.
    • For an hourglass body type avoid styles that make you look shapeless or boxy. You have curves, so don’t be afraid of showing them off. You have a great waist that that should be the focal point as you a dressing. Wear clothes that follow your body’s shape – which includes more tight-fitting or tailored clothes. Be appropriate with the amount of cleavage you show off, but don’t be afraid to show some!

The key to dressing is knowing that you are working with…not every body type works with every outfit, but that is OK – you just need to know what works for you and what you need to avoid.

One of the easiest ways to find out if my suggestions work is to go to a store and try on some of the things that you should wear or avoid, take a look in the 360 mirrors…once you see yourself at all angles, it will become clear!

Happy shopping…



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