Embracing the body you have and dressing for it is the best way to look great and feel comfortable in your clothing, no matter what size or shape you are.
We all want to accentuate what we love about our bodies and downplay the rest. To make the most of the body you have, you first need to figure out your shape. Our bodies don’t always fit into the well-known hourglass, pear, slim or apple categories so here are a few simple tips to help you understand what makes your body unique.
Stand in front of a full length mirror in a good bra and whatever else will allow you to assess your shape. Take a deep breath and be nice while you take a look at your beautiful body and consider these three things.
- ARE THE WIDTHS OF MY SHOULDERS AND HIPS THE SAME OR DIFFERENT?
- HOW HIGH IS MY WAIST AND IS IT WELL-DEFINED OR NOT?
- IS MY TORSO (INSEAM TO SHOULDERS) LONG OR SHORT IN PROPORTION TO MY LEGS?
Understanding these simple things about your body will help you to determine where you need to balance your shape with the correct style of clothing. For example, to emphasize narrow shoulders choose tops that have structure in the shoulder area like a blazer or a shirt with shoulder-length sleeves.
One thing that is common with any shape is the need to define your waist and draw attention to the narrowest part of your torso. Look for jackets that cinch at the waist and shirts that have a defined shape.
It takes some trial and error to figure out what will look great on your shape, but once you get there it makes shopping and dressing so much more fun. Remember, there are beautiful clothes for every body; you just have to find them. When you go shopping, be open to everything and don’t make a decision until you try it on. Sizes are not very accurate so if it doesn’t fit, try another size and don’t worry about it. If you find something you love, buy it. And if you don’t love it figure out why and move on.
Dressing for your shape will help you to love your body!
By: Erin Bradley NICHE Magazine Inspiration Issue 2013