There are tons of articles and books out there about how to dress in a way that flatters your body type. You’ve probably read many of them, I’ve written some of them and, if you’re already a client, we’ve probably had a discussion about this. It’s also the topic of my next workshop, Style Speaks Seminars: Dressing Your Body Type, coming up on June 28th (register soon to snag the early bird rate!).
It’s easy to get confused when reading said articles, from figuring out which body type you’re supposed to be to trying to memorize all the ‘rules’. I try to simplify things as much as possible by teaching the spirit of the ‘rules’ so that you can easily apply the guidelines without having to remember every detail.
First of all, let’s lose the cutesy names like apple, pear and flute and call a spade a spade. Your body type is either bigger on the top, bigger in the middle, bigger on the bottom, hourglass (equally proportioned top and bottom with relatively smaller waist) or straight (not much difference in proportion between chest, waist and hips). It’s not about what size you are but the relative proportion of your chest, waist and hips. Then, the goal is to create balance between the chest and hips and highlight a smaller waist. So, if you are bigger on bottom, for example, you want to wear clothes that minimize your bottom half, add volume to your top half (to balance things out) and show your smaller waist. Keep in mind that the more extreme you are in a particular body type, the more important it will be to pay attention to creating balance to create a flattering look; if the difference in your proportions is smaller, you’ll be able to get away with veering away from the guidelines a bit more.
Register to attend my workshop to learn more about creating balance in YOUR shape, including some one-on-one styling!