Lesson 1:Shapes…yes yours!!!…

With Christmas around the corner ladies it is time to plan the outfits for the holidays. Some of you may want to look fly for church, family reunions or for the nightlife but whatever the case may be, part of look good is knowing how to work with what you got. Everybody is unique in their own way so most of the time if it looks good on your friend who happens to be a size 2 the chance of it look to the same on you will be really small and if you are a size 18 the chances will be even smaller.  Therefore this brought me to talk about body shapes and the fashion Do’s and Don’t’s in regards to them.
Have you ever seen a girl wearing something that was just wrong at all the wrong places for her? This fashion crime will often be the result of ignorance where the girl is unaware that what she is wearing is simply unflattering. Let me tell you I little secret, getting to know your body type and accepting it is the keys in look good otherwise you will end up look like this ladies.

Hourglass figure

Some believe that it is the ideal body shape and you have an hourglass figure if:

  • Your full hip-line and your full bust-line are the same width and your waist is well defined
Here are some suggestions:
You should definitely emphasize your curves, especially your waist, without adding any bulkiness.
Do’s:
– Fitted and semi-fitted clothes
– Soft, clingy, flowing fabrics
– Low to medium-low necklines
– Dresses with defined waistlines
– Straight and gently flared pants
– Straight and gently flared shirts
Don’t:
– Stiff, bulky, fabrics
– Baggy styles
Inverted Triangle
Sherri Shepherd
You have an inverted triangle body shape if:
  • You have a proportionally large bust, or you have broad shoulders, or both
  •  You have narrow hips with a well defined waist
Your main style aims are…
–         To create the illusion of the perfect hourglass body shape by balancing your lower body to your upper body and to draw attention away from your upper body.
Do’s:
  • A good fitting, well adjusted bra
  • Tops and dresses that flow through the waist
  • A-line skirts
  • Flared pants
Don’t:
  • Stiff, bulky, fabrics
  • Styles that emphasize your shoulders
  • Big collars

Pear Shape Body or the triangle

Buffy the body

The triangle body type is often also referred to as pear-shaped.

You have this shape if…

  • Your full bust-line is proportionally narrower than your full hip-line and you have a well defined waist
  • You typically have narrow shoulders
  • Your thighs are typically full
  • You may also have a full rounded bottom
Your main style aim is:
To balance your top half to your bottom half by creating the appearance of a wider upper body.
** In most black communities having a big bottom is always a good thing therefore it is the complete opposite where all the focus is in showing off your bottom.***
Do’s
  • Accessories and designs to draw attention to your upper body
  • Short-sleeved tops
  • Shoulder pads to broaden your shoulders. This may sound very 80s advice, but they really do work. However, they should not be visible
  • Garments to emphasize your waist
  • Skirts and dresses that are straight or slightly flared
  • Low rise pants to avoid gaping at the waist

Don’t:

  • Baggy garments
  • Stiff fabric
  • Garments that add bulk to your hips
  • Hems or design lines at hip-line
  • Open pleats on skirts or pants
Rectangle

Queen Latifah
You have a rectangle body if…
  • Your full bust-line and full hip-line are about the same width and you have little waist definition
  • Your legs and arms will typically be proportionally slender
  • You have a small to medium bust
Your main style aims are…
To add curves by defining your shoulders or, if you are slender, by defining your waist
Do’s:
  • Semi-fitted clothes
  • Dresses that wrap or flow through the waistline
  • Straight to gently flared flat-fronted pants
  • A-line shirts

Don’t:

  • clingy fabrics
  • Fitted clothes
  • Baggy tops
  • Baggy pants
  • Narrow skirts

Apple or Rounded shape

This body shape is also often referred to as an apple shape. You have an oval horizontal body if:

·         You have the overall appearance of being round especially around the waist-line
·         Your waistline is undefined
·         You have a large, low stomach
·         You may have “love handles”
·         Your hips are wide
·         Your upper thighs are full
The difference between the oval and the diamond shapes is whether your stomach is low (this is the oval shape) or high (this is the diamond shape).

Your main style aims are:

To create the illusion of a longer, inverted triangle body shape. And to draw attention upwards towards your shoulders and face.

Do’s

  • Ear-rings, necklaces and other focal points designed to draw an observer’s eyes up towards your shoulders and face
  • Semi-fitted and loose fitting clothes
  • Good fitting, well adjusted bras
  • Support underwear
  • Low necklines
  • Un-tucked tops
  • Tops and dresses that flow through the waistline
  • Straight flat-fronted pants in soft, flowing fabric
  • Straight and slightly flared skirts
  • Girdles and body shapers

Don’t:

  • Clingy fabrics
  • Fitted clothes
  • Fabric with large patterns
  • Large lapels
  • Belts
  • Tucked-in tops
  • Pleats
  • Narrow or tapered skirts

Diamond

You have a diamond body shape if:

·         Your waist is undefined
·         You have a large, high stomach
·         You may have “love handles”

Your main style aims are:

To create the illusion of a longer, inverted triangle body shape. And to draw attention upwards towards your shoulders and face.

Do’s

  • Ear-rings, necklaces and other focal points designed to draw an observer’s eyes up towards your shoulders and face
  • Semi-fitted and loose fitting clothes
  • Good fitting, well adjusted bras
  • Support underwear
  • Low necklines
  • Un-tucked tops
  • Tops and dresses that flow through the waistline
  • Straight flat-fronted pants in soft, flowing fabric
  • Straight and slightly flared skirts

Don’t:

  • Clingy fabrics
  • Fitted clothes
  • Fabric with large patterns
  • High necklines
  • Large lapels
  • Belts
  • Tucked-in tops
  • Pleats
  • Narrow or tapered skirts

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