A few weeks ago I posted about New Year’s resolutions and Clinton Kelly’s suggestion of making an evolution. It could be something that would save you money or something to invest in yourself. If you decided to invest in yourself, I suggest making some changes to simplify and clarify your wardrobe. 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.
So you have decided to invest in yourself. We are going to skip the step of clearing out your closet first and get into the right style for your body type. To present a confident image, this should be the first thing you identify.
The first element to finding a style that will flatter your body is to know your measurement. 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 take the 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.
So next time you go shopping, keep this in mind. I will delve more in-depth with the styles that are right for each body type over the next few weeks.
What outfits are hiding in your closet?