It’s FRIDAY, and I’m over here simultaneously singing ALL THE HALLELUJAHs and also wondering how in the blazes we got halfway through the year 2021 before I even finished blinking.
Speaking of blazes, I’m also MELTING because I live in south Texas and you can fry an egg on the sidewalk anytime between May and November around these parts. And you know what my hot-natured self did? Went and promised my three year old a trip to the zoo, that’s what.
I never claimed to be brilliant, just, you know, a normal toddler mom negotiating with a toddler terror on the daily.
Anyway, that’s not the point. This week, I thought it would be fun to talk about dressing for your body type. And while that, for me, means dressing my sweaty mom-at-the-zoo-in-summer bod tomorrow, I mean actually emphasizing the best parts of your shape.
Let’s jump in, shall we?
Obviously, the first step here is assessing your own body and determining your shape.
This is NOT the time to start dressing the shape you plan to be, or want to be, or wish you were. I get it, y’all. I’m a natural hourglass, but when I pack on the pounds, highlighting ‘the best part of my shape’ while the best part of my shape isn’t lookin’ all that great kind of feels, well, NOT GREAT.
I like this chart because it shows more than the standard ‘apple, pear, hourglass’ silhouettes:
Take your time. Stare at yourself nekkid in the mirror. Figure out your best features. Be honest about your problem areas.
Identify the heck out of your shape.
Ok, got it?
Once you know your own shape, it’s easy to search the internets for complimentary shapes and styles for your body type. Like, super easy. I know I’m not the most tech-savvy person alive, and even I know how to type ‘hourglass + outfits’ into Pinterest.
Like an ACTUAL GURU.
Here are a few quick examples for some of the more common body shapes:
I love this little capsule collection for my apple shaped gals. It hits the major points of dressing for this shape; minimizing the middle area and letting those amazing legs SHINE.
Pear-shaped gals tend to carry weight in the hips, thighs, and butt, so traditional silhouettes for this body type focus on drawing attention to the upper body. Cropped jackets and A-line dresses or skirts are classics for this shape!
Emphasizing the waistline is a classic hourglass trick, so tailored looks work well for this shape. These silhouettes can be incredibly frustrating when an hourglass gal is carrying a little more hour in her glass, though. Take it from a classic yo-yo dieter, y’all.
Ultimately, clothes are just clothes, and the aroma of your attitude determines so much more about your beauty than a little fabric ever will, but it helps to know your own body when choosing clothes to compliment your assets and help you feel confident and comfortable.
So what do you think? Are the ‘rules’ a bunch of hooey, or do you follow the general guidelines too?
Have a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend, friends!