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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Quick Tips: Dressing for Your Body Type

During my workshop this past Sunday, "Dress to Impress: Making Your Style Statement," I promised the workshop attendees that I would post some follow up information to supplement what I discussed.

This post provides some tips on ways to downplay areas that may be problematic for you when getting dressed.  The idea is to create balance between the top half of your body and the bottom half.  The tips below, help address some of the more common issues that I've heard women complain about:

  • Create the illusion of longer legs by wearing a longer hemline on your jeans and dress pants.
  • Another way to create length is to try a monochromatic palette (including shoes) which will create an uninterrupted line.
  • Wear shoes with more of a pointed toe to elongate the legs.
  • Throw a belt around a dress, blazer, or  blousy top to define your waistline.
  • Wear blazers that are nipped in the waist for the appearance of a more defined waistline.Shorter women should opt for belts with skinnier widths - thicker belts will cut you in half.
  • Peplum wil also give the appearance of a more defined waistline.Women with larger breasts - choose necklines that show a little skin, such as v-necks, scoop necks, etc. By opening up the area, you will break up the monotony of the fabric, which can sometimes give a matronly appearance.  Conversely, women with larger bustlines should avoid turtle necks.
  • Women with short torsos should wear low-rise pants to create the illusion of a longer torso.  Bolero and cropped jacks also help.
  • Women with long torsos should wear higher-rise jeans to give a more balanced appearance.
  •  Shoes with ankle straps look best on women with longer slimmer legs.  For women with thicker legs, the strap can cut the leg in an unflattering way and give the appearance of stumpy legs.
  • A-line skirts and dresses, and tiered skirts, are great for women with narrow hips - they add volume on the bottom.  Dress pants with pockets on the sides are another good option.
  • A-line cuts generally look good on all body types.
  • Women with big hips who are not trying to call attention to that area should avoid skinny jeans and pants with tapered legs.
  • Boot cut jeans or slightly flared styles are more flattering to women with big hips.
  • Larger women - don't try to camouflage your bodies with big, shapeless, and ill-fitting clothes.  Structured blazers and tailored cuts will provide definition, will fit better, and convey a more polished appearance.
  • Women with sloping shoulders, wear blouses and tops with shoulder pads and cap sleeves.
  • When wearing sleeveless tops, women with thin arms should opt for thicker straps, such as tank blouses, shirts, and dresses instead of spaghetti straps.
 Be Fearless. Stay Fashionable. Have Fun!