Shop Like a Pro…

Being a stylist, my job is to help you find the right look for your lifestyle and your comfort zone.  It is not about me trying to get you into the latest fashion or subscribe to my look.  It’s about you and what image you want to project, whether it is at work or at “play.” Now I will tell you to push outside of your comfort zone a bit.  You never know, you may find an inner you who has been longing to get out.  I know I did when I got out of the world of being a Federal employee and back into the fashion business which is my true passion.

In my style tips last month, I talked about the first step in finding the right styles for you by clearing out the things in your closet that don’t bring you joy.  This will simplify your morning dash out the door. Are you ready to move on?

The next key to looking great in everything you wear is to identify your body type.  Yup, this means you have to get out the tape measure. It’s not about the number, but about the proportion.   Are you bigger at the bust than the hips?  Do you have a little extra in the middle? Whatever the case may be, this body typing is key to knowing the styles that will compliment your body.

You need to take 3 key measurements.  Using a fabric tape measure and a friend takethe following measurements:
Bust    –  Measure around the shoulder blades, under the armpits and over the fullest part of the bust.
Waist  –  Find your natural waistline and measure.
Hip      –  Measure the fullest part of the hip (usually about 7-9 inches below the waist)

This is not designed to determine what size you should wear but what styles to look for when you shop.  For example, if you are bigger in the hip area, you don’t want to buy pants that sit at the hip.  This will only add volume where you don’t want it.

Armed with this information, you can now classify what body type you have:
§    Bigger on Top – proportionally broader in the bust then the hips and waist
§    Bigger on the Bottom – proportionally broader in the hips, thighs and bottom
§    A Little Extra in the Middle – middle is wider in the middle rather than hips and  bust
§    Curvy – top and bottom are proportional with a smaller waist
§    Not Curvy – waist is in line with the hips and shoulders

From this information you can use clothing style, color and accessories to create balance in your body type and the illusion of having that perfect hourglass figure which only about 7% of women have.

In my next post I will give you some tips on style for each of the body types and how to create an illusion.

What outfits are hiding in your closet?

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