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dressing for your body shape

dressing for your body shape

 

Disclaimer: The goal of this post is to demonstrate different ways you can flatter your figure by visually altering your proportions and creating the illusion of a more symmetrical figure. It's not about hiding your body; it's about complementing your shape with the right silhouettes, k? 

Here are the general guidelines: 

When you want to draw attention away from a certain area of your body, say your right elbow, wear non-clingy, medium-weight fabrics in dark, matte colors with small or no patterns (well that was a short sentence. And read "that" like Chandler Bing). So no skintight spandex in a hot pink hue near the vicinity of right elbow. The left elbow - no problem.  

If you want attention drawn to a certain area of your body, say your left hip, wear bolder/lighter colors in shinier and heavier fabrics, with more detailing and patterns. So a colossal sequined bow with a floral pattern on it should work. 

Let's get personal (concerning you, not me):

Enough with the general guidelines to follow for any body type. Below are the tips for specific body shapes, because everybody is so unique and different and special. Here we gooooooo!

If You're Triangle Shaped/Pear (narrow shoulders and waist, bottom/hip heavy)

1. Emphasize your best features - your upper body and waistline. Draw more attention to that area and keep it there. By all means, try tops with big graphics and ornate patterns. Even the taboo horizontal lined pattern is a go. Also experiment with brighter/lighter colors, a boat neck, or something off the shoulder.

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2. Keep you pants and skirts simple. How? Try darker colors with smaller or no patterns. Avoid things like ruffles, pleats, and pockets in the hip area. A-line and skater skirts emphasize your waist and create balance. Low-rise pants work well too. See, so many options!

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3. Jackets should fall above or below, but not at the widest part of your hips, and they should have a bit of a rounded edge, causing the eye to move upwards. Crafty, eh?

If You're Inverted Triangle Shaped/Apple (broader shoulders, slender hips)

1. Draw attention to your lower body - wear lighter/brighter colors on bottom with more detailing and patterns. Try a pencil skirt, or a full skirt - both are MARVELOUS.

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2. Wear darker colors on top with less embellishments. Loose clothing that fall from your shoulders, like cardigans and shawls, are great too.

3. V-necks and drop waists elongate the upper body. Try some! Also, full sleeves and necklaces are attention seekers, so they'll steal the limelight and distract from the areas you're not necessarily looking to flaunt. 

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If You're Rectangular Shaped (straight, boyish figure)

1. You can create more curves on your body, even if you weren't blessed with 'em. Show some skin, bare your shoulders! Try curvy cuts, soft ruffles, and asymmetrical hemlines.

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2. Create a waistline - use belts, belts, and more belts. And you know what else works great? Belts. And cinched waists. And wrap dresses and tops that tie at the waist. 

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3. Try to avoid very low rise pants as well as boxy jackets, boxy sweaters, and boxy tops. They do not emphasize a waist. Do wear long un-boxy (not a word, I know) sweaters and jackets. 

Or, Instead of ALL THE ABOVE MENTIONED suggestions, wear whatever makes you happy. Your prerogative :)

 

On a completely unrelated note, my completely unrelated note today needs a short intro. Awkward penguin memes depict a penguin and a caption describing awkward moments that everyone (or at least I) goes through sometimes. Like this:  

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                                              Photo From Post Memes

Expect a fairly large amount of these for future posts. Cheerio!

 

 

 

 

 

 
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