First step to looking your best…is knowing how to dress for your body type!
Tip #1 Just because you can "get" in it, doesn't mean you can fit it!
Sorry,..but not sorry!
Alright first things first…start with a strong foundation.
You have to determine what your current body shape is.
Yes you can take measurements and use sizing charts but you have to actually LOOK at yourself…in a full length mirror!
Where do you hold most of your weight?
Where are your curves? Do you have curves?
How tall are you?
…and then turn around and check your hindquarters ladies!
What are some areas that your love about your body?
Now this isn't to point out all your flaws so don't start talking crazy about how flabby your arms are or how jiggly your inner thighs may be. I don't want to hear it!
The point is to make yourself aware of whats really beneath your clothes, so that you'll have a better sense of what your body actually looks like.
Now that you've examined your shape, it doesn't hurt to have someone take your measurements for you!
(The best measurements are taken with only your undergarments on or something that fits tight to the body)
Start with well fitting bra and panties!
Ladies, if your undergarments don't fit properly, it's guaranteed to show and your nice outfit has been ruined!
Please get fitted by a bra specialist, especially if you are bigger on top and make sure there's nothing spilling over the top of your bra.
As for panties, ....panty-lines are a NO NO! Plain & Simple right?!
Did you see your body shape or something similar?
Apple, V-shaped, Inverted Triangle: Heavy up top? You should wear pieces that draw a little more attention to the bottom half of your body. A-Line skirts and dresses are your friend!
Pear, Triangle: Heavier on the bottom? Wear tops that give you structure up top around the shoulder area & define your waistline (Blazers & jackets with a slight shoulder pad). Also, jackets and blouses that hit at the top of the hip are flattering.
Round, Diamond: Carry most of your weight in the middle? Skinny jeans may not be your best friend all the time. Instead, wear structured tops and bottoms with more volume on the bottom. If done correctly, this could create the illusion of a smaller waistline and give you a little more shape!
Rectangle, Flute: No definite curves? Somewhat straight up and down? Try fitted knit dresses and skirts. That good ol' peplum style is good for you, the peplum will create an hourglass look, Also, pieces with more volume on the bottom (fuller skirts) will do the same.
Now obviously we can't cover everyone's shape in one post nor can we identify everyone's body type since we are all different shapes and sizes.
I challenge you to try these things out before your next shopping trip and of course, once you hire me as your Personal Stylist, we'll definitely go through this!
Make sure you come back next week to learn how to start building a long lasting wardrobe.
For the men, you're next!