Monday, October 27, 2014

How to dress for your body shape

Each of us is unique and our bodies are too. Nevertheless, our body shapes are generally narrowed down to five general categories:
1. Pear
2. Wedge
3. Rectangle
4. Apple
5. Hourglass

You might fall into one category or you might be a bled of two or more categories. Once you have determined your body shape, you can begin to consider which fashion trends to embrace and which to avoid. Spend some time in front of the mirror and do a fair and honest assessment of your body. Then put these fashion tips to work for you.

Pear body shape
Body traits: 
- your lower body is wider than your upper body, your hips are wider than your shoulders. Your bottom is rounded and your waist is well defined.
Best asset: 
- shoulders, torso and flat stomach
Fashion goals: 
- emphasize your waist and arms, add volume to your shoulders and upper body and minimize your hips

Dos and don'ts
If your body is pear-shaped like Kim Kardashian's, then you want to minimize your lower half and focus attention upward:
  • don't wear clothing that draws attention to hips and thighs, such as cargo pants or print skirts
  • do try a-line skirts which camouflage wider hips
  • do keep hems of pants, skirts and dresses wide to balance the hips
  • do experiment with light-colored tops and dark-colored bottom for contrast
  • do look for boat neck tops, square and cowl necklines
  • do wear strapless dresses to show off arms and even out proportions
  • do try styles with ruffles on top
  • do wear jackets that hit right above the waist
  • do opt for pointy-toed shoes to elongate your legs

Wedge body shape
Body traits: 
-  also known as the inverted triangle, this body shape features a broad chest and wide shoulders which are large in proportion to a narrow waist and hips.

Best asset:
- legs
Fashion goals:
- accentuate your lower body while softening your shoulders and upper body

Dos and don'ts
If you have a wedge body like Audrina Patridge's, then you want to draw attention downward to the narrower pants of your body such as your waist and hips.
  • do wear bright colors on bottom
  • do wear wide-leg pants
  • do wear full skirts
  • don't wear spaghetti-strap tops
  • don't wear boat neckline tops
  • do wear tops that call attention to your waistline
  • do experiment with high-waisted styles
  • do look for clothes that create the illusion of a waist

Rectangle body shape
Body traits: 
- the waist, hip and shoulder widths are similar and are usually on the slim side. Slender rectangles have an athletic look about them.

Best assets:
- arms and legs; you don't have to minimize any body features.
Fashion goals:
- create curves and show off slender legs and arms

Dos and don'ts
If your  body is rectangle-shaped like Natalie Portman's, then you want to create curves where they don't necessarily exist.
  • do wear scoop neck and sweetheart tops to create curves
  • do wear long jackets to create a lean look
  • do wear tops with collars, ruffles and details to flatter your chest
  • do wear a good  bra that will make the most of what you have
  • don't wear overwhelming styles
  • do layer to add more dimensions
  • do wear dresses with ruching, cinches on sides are ideal
  • do have fun with colorful bottoms, feel free to experiment

Apple body shape
Body traits: 
- most of your accumulates above the hips which are narrow. Your back, ribs and shoulders are  broad and you may feel wider than other body types.

Best asset:
- those legs
Fashion goals:
- elongate the torso,, show off your legs and use fashion to create the illusion of a waist

Dos and don'ts
If you have an apple-shaped body like Jennifer Hudson's then you want to elongate your midsection and create the illusion of a smaller waist.
  • do go for monochromatic looks
  • do go for v-neck tops to create the illusion of a longer torso
  • do wear a bra that offers good lift and support
  • do wear belts at the smallest part of your waist
  • do conceal tummy bulge by wearing empire tops and dresses
  • do wear boot cut and flared jeans to create an even line from the shoulders down
  • do wear shorter skirts to show off your legs and draw attention away from your midsection

Hourglass body shape
Body traits: 
- your shoulders and hips are similar in proportion and set off by a tiny waist.

Best asset:
- curves
Fashion goals:
- show off your curves without going overboard

Dos and don'ts
If your body is hourglass-shaped like Beyonce's, then you're a lucky girl. Your shape is all about tastefully showing off those curves, not too baggy and not too tight.
  • don't hide your curves with baggy clothing
  • do wear a good bra and showcase your bust
  • do wear fitted dresses
  • do wear a belt at the waist to enhance your hourglass shape
  • do try wrap dresses
  • do go for high-waisted skirts to show off your hips
  • do pick thin, lightweight styles and fabrics
  • do wear skinny or straight leg jeans

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