It’s Friday! Anyone have plans for the weekend? I am so happy to tell you that this weekend should be a blast! I’m painting! Yay… By the time I’m done with this house, my arms will be the size of my thighs. Shoot me now… BUT! I do have one good thing about this weekend. Class starts back up and I am super happy! Now, I can talk to someone besides hunkie, Stella (my dog), and the walls.
Speaking of arms the size of my thighs, let’s talk shop!
If you are like me, you constantly see outfits that you see in the window of a store and love it! You go to try it on and are disappointed. It fits you here but not there and it falls on you weird. But it looked great on the mannequin. Then you put it back and walk away with negative feelings about your body, wishing you had a smaller booty, thighs, arms, whatever.
STOP! Those mannequins are pencil thin and are stiff! They don’t have soft skin that moves, no “mother” scars, no wrinkles, no perfect imperfections. (A song just popped into my head. John Legend – All of Me.) No life. The mannequins are not a real life symbol and thank God! If we looked like that, how boring would life be? Everyone would be the same shape, same height…….. weight………. tata…size………… every…… thi….
Oh, sorry! It was so boring I started to doze off. No, not really. But it would be that boring.
For me, I can’t wear pretty glimmery pants because I have cottage cheese on the back of my thighs and the shine accentuates my cheese! I also can’t wear cute pencil skirts without looking like I’m a big box butt. I have a hard time finding a sweater dress that fits great because of my pear shape. I used to have an hourglass shape when I was in college. But now, let’s just say that I have fries too much. Anyways, the sweater dress might fit my booty but my tata’s are swimming in a sea of fabric!
Anyone else feel my frustration when seeing a “gotta have it” outfit? Well, let me break it down for you!
What are the different body types and what clothing would compliment you?
Triangle/Pear– Your hip measurements are much larger than your other measurements. Try to accentuate your waistline and emphasize your shoulders.
- Bright colored and/or printed tops.
- Jackets/tops that stop just above or just below the widest point of your hips.
- Statement necklaces or scarves.
- Wide belts around the waist.
- Empire waist dresses.
*Stay away from tight shirts, dark colored tops, and straight cut dresses or you’ll have the same problem as me with those cute sweater dresses!
Inverted Triangle – Your shoulder measurements are much larger than your other measurements. Try to accentuate your hips and add more width in your lower body.
- Simple tops dark in color.
- Jackets that have well structured (not padded) shoulders.
- Jackets/tops that stop just below the hips.
- Belts around the waist.
- Strapless or wrap dresses.
- Pants that have a wider pant legs.
* Stay away from statement necklaces or scarves. Bold printed tops.
Rectangle – Your shoulder measurements are just about the same are your other measurements. Try to accentuate your waist keeping attention away from your lower or top half.
- The biggest thing with rectangle is that you have to create a visual balance while accentuating your waist.
- Use a cinch belt. If you don’t have a waist, it is best to not use one.
- Color blocking is perfect.
- Jackets/top that stop at the waist.
- Coats that fall below the hip and has a belt at the waist.
- A-Line skirts.
* Stay away from rectangle or square items such as a rectangle purse or square goed shoes. Sounds crazy, but it’s all about providing that optical illusion.
Hourglass – Your waist is significantly smaller than your shoulders and hips. But your shoulders and hips are about the same measurement. Try to accentuate your waist.
- Wrap shirts or dresses.
- Pencil skirts.
- High waisted pants or trousers.
- Jackets/tops that fall just above or below waist. If the jacket falls below, have one with a belt. If your shirt falls below, tuck in your shirt.
- Waist belts.
* Stay away from box dresses or anything that causes a body look.
Diamond – Your hips are wider than your waist and shoulders. Try to emphasize your shoulders are tatas.
- Shirts that have embellishments, ruffles, or print near the tatas.
- Jackets with structured shoulders (not padded).
- Pants/skirts that are dark in color.
- Straight or A-Line skirts.
- Jackets that fall just above your hips.
*Stay away from pants with vertical lines.
Rounded – You have no obvious waist. This is probably the most difficult shape to dress as many styles don’t cater to this shape. Try to make an illusion of a waist.
- Buy a good bra because this cleavage needs to be accentuated.
- Shirts that emphasize your smallest point, which is normally right below the tatas.
- Shirts that have ruching in the middle confuses the eye to slim your belly.
- Shirts that fall just below the hip bone.
- Jackets that have a tailored V-shape to the collar.
- Empire waist dresses.
- Pants that have wide pant legs.
*Stay away from pleated pants and pants that are tight around the thigh. Also, stay away from wearing all one color.
There you have it, ladies! I hope this helped you. I tried to make it as simple as possible.
What are some of your gripes when shopping for clothes? I’d like to hear them!