Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Apple shape, Pear shape, Celery, oh my! Body Shape Shout Outs!

How to dress all depends on your body type. Plus size women, are suppose to fall neatly into one of 5 body types. Apple (waist thicker than shoulders and hips), Pear (Hips much wider than shoulders), Straight (shoulders, waist and hips all about the same size), Inverted Triangle (wide shoulders, hips narrower than waist) or Hourglass (shoulders and hips about even, small waisted).

Apples will want to extenuate features away from the waist. Finding flattering shapes for this fruit is all about having shape, but making sure its not tight! Choose fabrics that have weight, billow, flow, and don't cling. Me mindful of styles that draw attention to the waist, like belts, drop waist, designs, pockets etc around your middle. Make sure to show off those gorgeous gams, and beautiful bust, as they are an apple shapes best features!

Pears will want to draw attention away from their bigger hips, and leg region. A line cut Dresses with flared hems and full skirts look fantastic on you. Smaller fitted tops can create a slimming look throughout.  Long skirts, caftans, maxi dresses, and flare denim are especially essential for the pear body type! Pear types often have petite shoulder/collarbone area, so highlight your assets with slinky straps and halters!

Straight up and downs are actually already proportioned, just missing curves. Balance is key here, as neither the top or bottom should be extenuated. Fitted shapes fr the flat featured is a must!  Having structure in a garment can create shapes in the body to create an illusion.  Do this with corset tops, drop waist, and tiered dresses, as well as halter dresses.  Be mind full of shapeless silhouettes, as boxy dresses can loosely hang off you and make you look even less curvy. Low sling belts are out, and generally make the hips look wider.

Inverted triangles should have an A Line cut or shaped dress, bit of flare on the skirt, or on a jean and trouser. Wrap around dresses look great as they create soft silouettes that drape, and flatter every body with ample fabric!

Hourglasses should look for waist-defining styles. Anything with a belt looks great, and adding a belt to a garment can always be considered. Stay away from feature donning pieces, as you are balanced, so why not show it all off?!  Go feminine with dresses to give an easy treatment to a classy look and shape!