Dressing for your Body Type - Made Simple
Unlocking the secrets of dressing for your body type can be a game-changer in creating a wardrobe that truly reflects your style and boosts your confidence. Gone are the days of fashion frustrations and outfit dilemmas. With the knowledge of how to dress according to your body type, you'll find getting dressed to be a fun and effortless experience. Not only does it save you time and money, but it also brings you peace of mind. Who doesn't love that?
In this comprehensive guide, I have compiled an array of tips and tricks to help you navigate the world of dressing for your body shape.
Whether you fall into the categories of Hourglass, Triangle, Inverted Triangle, Rectangle, Diamond, Plus Size, Petite, or Tall, this guide has got you covered.
Before we dive in, it's essential to note that these tips serve as guidelines. Ultimately, the most important aspect is wearing what makes you feel confident and comfortable. Embrace your individuality and don't hesitate to experiment with different styles until you find what truly resonates with you.
Now, let's explore the fascinating world of dressing for your body type and unlock your personal style!
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Let’s dive in!
Discover Your Body Type:
Take Your Measurements
Determining your body type involves taking measurements and comparing those measurements to standardized guidelines.
Here are the 6 easy steps to measure and determine your body type:
Use a flexible measuring tape
Use a flexible measuring tape for accuracy. The tape should be wrapped snugly around the body part being measured, but not so tight that it squeezes the skin.
Measure the shoulders
Measure around the top of your shoulders, so that it is as far up as you can go without popping off of your shoulders.
Measure the bust
To measure the bust, wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of the bust, making sure the tape is level all the way around. Write down the measurement in inches.
Measure the waist
When measuring the waist, wrap the measuring tape around the narrowest part of the waist, usually just above the belly button. Write down the measurement in inches.
Measure the hips
For the hips, wrap the measuring tape around the widest part of the hips, usually below the hip bone (around your buttocks). Write down the measurement in inches.
Calculate the body shape
Once you have the measurements, you can use them to determine your body shape.
Pro Tip: Hang on to these measurements for when you are shopping online! Make sure and check the size charts when shopping online and when in doubt, SIZE UP!
There are several different body shape classifications, but here are some that are most common.
There are also different types of fit categories, depending on your proportions.
PLEASE NOTE: While these classifications can be helpful in determining a woman's body type, every body is unique and there is no "perfect" body type. It's more important to focus on feeling healthy and comfortable in your own skin.
Dress the Best for Your Body Shape
Tips for an Hourglass Shape
Tips for a Triangle Shape
Tips for an Inverted Triangle Shape
Tips for a Rectangle Shape
Tips for a Diamond Shape
Dressing for Your Proportions
Tips for Full-Figure
Tips for Petites
Tips for Talls
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I be a mix of two or more body types?
Absolutely, each and every body is unique and these types are merely guidelines.
Does our body type change over time?
Bone structure dictates body type rather than weight and height.
But, of course, all factors are considered when we get dressed, so these guidelines are just that, guidelines.
For example, I am a classic hourglass due to the way my frame is structured. But when I was younger, and at my most fit and thin, I could wear pretty much anything. Now that I’m well into my 50’s, that flat tummy is gone, and my back is no longer smooth and bulge free. But, I’m still an hourglass shape. I just have a few areas that I prefer not to stand out.
The following definitions may help explain.
I encourage you to read about all of the different body types because the more you understand the concept of balance and proportion, the easier it will be to get dressed.
Also, if you fall in between two body types, you’ll want to learn about both so you can start to find your way between them.
Remember, these tips are just guidelines - the most important thing is to wear what makes you feel confident and comfortable. Don't be afraid to experiment and find your own unique style!