As the winter layers come off, it’s a great time to turn your attention to dressing appropriately for your body type. This is important year round, of course, but spring is always a good time to start anew and reassess your look. This is going to be one of our main topics at the upcoming spring style workshop on April 9th at Periwinkle boutique in Alexandria. Be sure to reserve your spot if you haven’t already, it’s going to be a great time! Here is a sneak peek at some of the information we’ll be learning that night.
Have you ever looked at one of these ‘dress your body type’ articles in magazines and ended up thoroughly confused about whether you are an apple, a pear, a flute or some other piece of fruit or instrument? Rather than give our body types cute names, let’s just call it what it is, it’s less confusing, it helps us embrace who we are and helps us achieve the end result faster. You’re either: bigger on bottom, bigger on top, bigger in the middle, straight or hourglass. (We’ll keep the hourglass comparison since that one’s pretty straight forward.) By reading those descriptions, you should be able to quickly and easily identify your body type.
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The ultimate goal for all body types is to create an hourglass shape, in other words, equally proportioned curves on top and bottom and a smaller, nipped in waist.
If you’re bigger on bottom, you want to minimize your bottom half and enhance your top half. Yes, enhance your top half, add volume, interest, actually make it look bigger. Keep things simple on bottom with a-line skirts, straight leg pants, solid and dark colors and add the interest and bulk up top with prints, bright, bold and light colors, scarves, statement necklaces, layers such as jackets or cardigans, etc.
If you’re bigger on top, you want to do the opposite: minimize your top half and enhance your bottom half. Keep things simple on top, no ruffles, beading, bulky scarves or necklaces. Try bust minimizing necklines such as v-necks. Then add the interest and bulk on bottom with flared skirts, prints, wide leg pants, and bright colors. Avoid skinny pants and narrow pencil skirts that only accentuate your midsection.
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If you’re bigger in the middle, you want to create slight curves on both the top and bottom that proportion out your middle. Look for tops with structure such as jackets that will create a tailored look across your midsection without being clingy. These structured tops should be nipped in at the waist to create the illusion of a narrower waistline and curves on either side. On the bottom half, choose options with a bit of volume to balance out your tummy.
If you are an hourglass figure, you basically want to accentuate your natural curves and accent your narrow waist. A wrap dress or belted a-line skirt is a great option. Always make sure your waistline is defined and highlight your natural shape.
If you are straight, you want to create curves on both the top and bottom to get you to that hourglass figure. You always hear, black is slimming, v-necks will minimize your bust, avoid pencil skirts that accentuate your hips and never, ever wear horizontal stripes…you want to do the opposite of all that. Go for lighter colors that create more presence and curves, wear pencil skirts and clingy knits, tops with ruffles and horizontal stripes. Play it up and always keep your waistline defined.
Beyond all this, there’s one other thing to consider and that’s your height proportions, whether you are short, average or tall but we’ll get into that at the workshop. Be sure to sign up today to learn more tips on dressing for your body type as well as shopping for your spring essentials and other fun spring style information.