How to Look Great at Any Size

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I know what you’re going through. I really do.

I realize clothes shopping can be frustrating.  And hard work. Finding and maintaining your personal style can be overwhelming. The scary thoughts of not finding something that fits and the unthinkable notion of going out to look can prevent you from being interested in clothes all together.  But help is here.  I’m going to give you the tools to select the right clothes and accessories for your body type.  I also want to let you in on a big secret - part of what makes us unique is what makes standard sizing so difficult.  We come in all different shapes and sizes that are not always represented by a size or label. My mission is to make you understand how to make your clothes work for your body instead of feeling that something is wrong with your body.  

I’m a woman of a certain age, who’s had the pleasure or should I say “LIFE lessons”, of having to buy clothes at so many sizes.  I’ve learned that you can be polished and stylish at any size or age.  The key to looking your best is to create a balanced body shape through clothing.  For example, if you are larger on the top than the bottom, there are ways to add a little extra emphasis to your lower body and make your entire frame proportionate.  Knowing what suits your body shape is key for making good choices to flatter your figure. The easiest way to determine what you should be wearing and what you should avoid like the plague is to think about which features you consider to be your best assets.  Accentuate your favorite features by drawing attention to them using colors, lengths, fabric types and accessories.  Conceal areas you’re less comfortable with by adding darker colors, loose-fitting fabrics and forgiving textures.

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Determining your current Body Type - just look in the mirror/ no tape measure is needed.

There are five standard body types that we will touch on:

  1. Pear - your top half of your body - your shoulder to bust are normally narrow, thighs and bottom are larger in comparison to your shoulder and chest. (Bottom half body can be one size larger than the top.)

  2. Rectangle- your bust and hips are likely to be the same width, your legs tend to be longer than you torso- this can be an athletic figure.

  3. Hour Glass - the bust and hips are basically the same size and the waist is well defined – typically shaped like an 8.

  4. Apple- a large bust, round tummy area (undefined waistline), broad hips/thighs- flat bottom.  Thin legs are usually the most common with this shape.

  5. Invert Triangle- Your shoulders are the broadest part of your body- usually as a more athletic looking body type - not a well define waistline - your hips look straight in proportion to your shoulders.

Please keep in mind that not every woman falls exactly into one category.  You may not look like a perfect hourglass, but an hourglass with pear tendencies, or a pear with a little extra weight around the waist.  The point is to choose the body type that is the closest to your body and then use the information here to find your way to dress with style to enhance your best features.

When you know your body type, it’s easier to choose the right clothes (pieces) that truly fit you.  Understanding this will save you a lot of time and energy when adding new pieces to your wardrobe.

Ok, let’s get started - look at your whole body shape, focus on the shape of your torso, shoulder to shoulder then look at your waist, then the hips. How do your shoulders compare to your waistline and hips?  Shoulders wider than waistline and hips - looks like you are triangle!

  • Hips wider than shoulder and waistline – you are a pear!

  • Hips and shoulder the same width, waistline a lot smaller- you are an hourglass!

  • Shoulders, waistline and hips about the same size. If you gain weight, you gain it evenly in all areas - you are a rectangle!

  • Shoulders and hips are the same size, waistline is the same size or wider than shoulders and hips - you are an apple!

  • Shoulders wider than waistline and hips- Looks like you are and inverted Triangle!

Next time, we’ll figure out what to wear that will flatter your body type.  A challenge, for sure.  But, it can be done!

Lisa Cright- Bryant is a personal stylist and fashion and lifestyle blogger

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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