I know what you’re thinking… But YES THIS IS VERY NECESSARY! In fact it’s quite urgent that you dolls know exactly how to shop for items that not only fit your shape but also maximize and minimize the proper areas of your shape.
So here we are at part 2 of the body image 3 part posts. If you haven’t already figure out what your shape is, check out Day 2 #KnowYourBodyType. As I’ve stated before, these tips and info are more of a guide than a rule, the most important thing to remember is to have fun with it and ultimately be comfortable because no matter what you wear, your confidence is the best thing you can put on! Now let’s get to it…
If you are an hourglass shape, your goal is to highlight your curves—not hide them—by emphasizing your waist.
You can do this with:
- BELTS! BELTS! BELTS! one of my favorite accessories! By belting or buying belted items you accentuate your figure.
- Crop tops this is a given!
- Dress the V-neck of a wrap dress is ultra-flattering to your bust, and the wrap detail highlights the curve between your waist and hips. Fit and flare dresses also emphasize the waist as well as mermaid style dresses.
- Belted wide leg pants
- Pencil skirt accentuates your curves and smoothes out your thighs.
- Denim try a high-rise jean with minimal stretch. Opt for a wash with subtle highlights that will slim and flatter your shape.
- Fabrics opt for delicate fabrics like satin or lace. Spandex, matte jersey, leather and cotton are a few compliment the shape. Overly heavy fabrics can be a little overwhelming to your petite upper half, so wear with caution. Chunky knits and bulky wool should be worn sparingly.
- Accessories Belts, sashes and ties in tops, dresses, pants or skirts are all flattering choices. Both high heels and flats are flattering to your hourglass figure, however if your legs are a little more curvy, you may want to avoid shoes/boots that cut off at the ankle. Also, if you are short in height, you flats should contain just a bit of a heel to provide an overall streamlined silhouette.
If you are a pear shape, Your goal is to elongate and balance your figure by accentuating your top half.
You can do this with:
- Dress an off the shoulder fit and flare dress is perfect! Your bare shoulders will take the attention off your lower body, and the skirt shape is ideal for highlighting the smallest part of your waist and then generously flaring out to conceal wider hips.
- Outerwear a structured jacket with interesting details or prints direct attention to the top half of your body and give a bit of structure to the shoulder area, which makes your bottom-half appear smaller in comparison.
- A-line skirt this highlights the smallest part of your waist and flares out over hips.
- Embellished tops Embellished or embroidered tops are great for centering the focus on your slim upper body. But, keep your skirt or pants simple and unadorned.
- Pants/Denim Boot-cut styles draw eyes away from the hips, and the volume at the hem balances out your hips, making them seem perfectly proportioned. On the other hand, flared leg balances out curvy hips, evening out proportion.
- Fabrics bold prints and patterns are wide open for the upper half of your pear shape, but the bottom half is best complemented with those that are smaller and don’t add bulk to your curvy lower half. An all over pattern or print isn’t advised because it would draw attention to the larger areas and throw off balance. Matte jersey, cotton, polyester-blends and viscose are all good choices. Fabrics that are overly heavy, like leather, wool and chunky knits that add bulk should be avoided. If you do choose to wear these fabrics, keep them on the upper part of your body only because they make the lower half appear larger.
- Accessories scarves that draw attention to your neckline, while also elongating it. Dramatic earrings that are wide or long in length, as well as lengthy necklaces are also good elements to accentuate the top half of your body. High heels elongate your curvy legs and give them a more streamlined look. Pointed toes are best, but round toes, platforms and chunky heels can work, too. However, heels with ankle-straps or those that come up on the ankle should either be totally avoided or worn with caution, depending on your leg size. Since most pear shapes have curvy legs, ankle boots, booties or heels with ankle-straps cut the leg line off and make them look bigger.
For my apple shapes, your goal is to minimize your midsection by highlighting your shoulders and legs.
You can do this with:
- Swing coat
- Flowy top this will draw attention away from the midsection
- High Waisted circle skirt the waistband will hit at the smallest part of the torso and flare out over the stomach.
- Dress a shift dress lies just far enough away from the body to conceal any problem areas. Most women with apple figures have shapely legs, so get your dress hemmed to show them off!
- Pants/denim low waisted straight leg pants that sit low on the hips will help avoid any stomach bulge. High waisted and dark wash are best.
- Fabrics Avoid overly busy prints or patterns because they can easily make you look like a mass of fabric. Instead opt for subtle prints like horizontal stripes, small polka dots, hounds tooth and gingham. Prints and patterns tend to complement fuller figures when placed on the lower half of the body. Steer clear of shiny, overly clingy fabrics that lack a generous amount of stretch, these would include: satin, spandex, chiffon and rayon. The best fabrics for an apple body type are those that have substance, lots of room and skim your curves. Matte jersey is one of the best fabrics, while cotton, wool blends and viscose also works wonders for this body type. However, you may find that many garments are made from a variety of fabrics, some you should wear and some you shouldn’t — its up to you to decide what is the most complementary look for you.
- Accessories Belts help to create the illusion of a waist-line, streamline the tummy area and add overall dimension and definition. Anything that has a belt, whether top, jacket, dress, skirt or pants, should be worn whenever possible. Long, chain-link necklaces are also a good accessory choice because they draw the eye downward, away from the rounded mid-section, creating the illusion of a longer torso. The slim legs of some apple shapes are a highlight, so feel free to wear eye-catching high heels that draw attention to this area of the body.
If you are a rectangle shape, your goal is to create a “shape” since it are mostly straight up and down with no defined waistline. The good news is you can get away with almost anything as long as it doesn’t widen your waist.
You can do this with:
- Belts to create a waist Various cuts and shapes because your asthmatic is so easy to work with you can wear a range of garments (wide leg jeans, tulip skirt, kimono top, etc.)
- Fabrics various prints, textures and details (ruffles, prints, tiers, studs, beads, etc.) Boxy, heavy fabrics like wool, leather and chunky knits are a no no because they don’t hug the body, so the boyish appearance still remains. However, stretchy fabrics like matte jersey, spandex and cotton, as well as clingy ones like satin and slilk, skim the body and outline the curves. Since rectangles need to create the illusion of a waistline and curvy hips, rear and thighs, the tighter the fabric the better, because it tricks the eye.
- Dress A straight sheet dress is fine as long as you add interest to your top (a statement necklace) and bottom (eg. a pair of nice shoes). A skinny belt would also look good with it. Anything that is nipped at your waistline or right below your bust (eg. Empire waist)
- Skirts a-line, full circle skirt, pencil skirts (fitted)
- Lots of accessories! Avoid waist length bags because they draw attention to your straight frame. However you can wear them as long as they’re subtle in style and color (eg. Handbags with minimal details in dark neutrals). Statement jewelry such as a chunky necklace or a pair of trendy earrings help drawing the eye to your upper body. Print and bright colored scarves are also your best bets. Accessories are great for adding curves on a monochromatic (similar colors worn from top to toe) outfit. Just be careful with their placement. One rule of thumb is to keep your waist free from vertical details. In fact, the simpler you style your waist, the better and trimmer it will appear.
- Layering fitted clothes
- A good push-up bra to lift up your chest
- Pants/denim any style will do as long as they fit the hips to create curves and aren’t flared at the leg too much which will cause imbalance
If you have an inverted triangle shape, your goal is to draw attention away from your broad shoulders or big upper chest and draw attention to your slim lower body and often lean legs.
You can do this with:
- Belts to define the waist even more
- Fabrics Wear soft feminine textures to soften the shoulder line. Soft, drapey and weighty fabrics to soften your shoulders. Knitwear with a fine gauge. Thick knit sweater add bulk to your shoulders
- Open necklines and collars like halter necks, v-necks and scoop necks. tops that will accentuate the waist, like tops with banding or nipping at the waist or wrap style tops. Wear tops that accentuate a vertical line, so go for V-necks and keep your shirts unbuttoned. Find tops that balance the bust with your hips (if you have a large bust) and tops that hit just below the hip bone
- Outerwear wear jackets open to create a vertical line. Wear jackets that are well structured at the shoulder. Single breasted tailored jacket
- Dress wear strapless gowns and tops
- Pants/denim Fuller leg width in trousers, full or bootleg pants. Colottes will work for you too. baggy pants, combat, wide leg and palazzo!
- Stay away from skinny jeans and fitted pants that will accentuate the disproportion of the bottom part with the upper body. If you really like to wear tight pants, prefer instead straight legs or cigarette styles.
- Skirts a-line and full skirts to create more width and balance. Use bold textures to create more bulk
- Accessories wear bold and eye catching shoes. Avoid colorful scarves, statement necklaces and chokers that will attract the attention on your upper part and the shoulders’ area. Opt instead for long pendant necklaces that will create a focus in the centre of the body. Go for colorful, big, bulky and detailed handbags and avoid clutches.
I really hope this helped you dolls! Now go forth and #betheEXCEPTION
Xoxo -Noelleón 💋